Promoting health and well being

Different people have different ways as to how they classify and define health. The word ‘health’ comes from the old English world ‘healthe’ which means wellness in the soul, mind and body. There are many different definitions of health. Health as defined by the English dictionary means the state of condition of a person’s mind or body. Well being in the same dictionary is defined as good health, happiness and comfort. According to the World Health Organisation:

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Getting Involved in the Community

If you want to make a difference to your local community then why not be a volunteer? You can help the community and develop your skills at the same time. Volunteers do all sorts of things, so you’re bound to find something that suits you:

  •   Leisure opportunities
  •   Community Support opportunities
  •   Charities
  •   Local Projects
  •   Long Term Objectives

The RI lifestyle programme provides the community with a range of local attractions, events, activities and services to get you and your family active. Our aim is to help you ‘Be ActiveMore Often’ in and around the Borough and see our beautiful |country, live a healthier life by keeping fit |Gym or activities |healthy walk and to do something that you may never have tried before, |like volunteering to lead a walk. To also increase your level of physical activity, in order to improve your health.

Health and well-being matters to everyone

Whatever your background, whatever your job, whatever your interests, we all have one thing in common, we want to stay healthy and feel good, both physically and mentally. It’s impossible to enjoy life without it.

2010 was a fantastic start. It saw the principles of health and wellbeing embraced at all levels. Out in the community, people took up new hobbies, launched themselves into exercise plans, and gave their time as volunteers. At a strategic level, big businesses and organisations got on board, acknowledging the role of health and wellbeing and working to embed it into their long-reaching plans on issues such as transport, health care and employment.

It also established the five key ways that we can all improve our health and wellbeing. Over the next decade there will be hundreds of ways to play your part – so keep a look out on the website for up-to-date news.

The five ways to health and wellbeing are:

Connect – with others, at home, at work, in your community. During 2010, the people of UK connected through neighbourhood activity days, festivals, multi-cultural events, play projects and all kinds of community gatherings.

Be active – an active lifestyle not only keeps our bodies healthy, but makes us feel good as well. 2014 saw a huge range of activities on offer from kayaking to climbing, cycling to swimming, and everything in between. There was something for everyone, whatever their fitness level.

Keep learning – trying something new can help keep our minds and our lives active. Many of you across UK had a go at something completely different, be it signing up for a reading group, joining a drama class, taking part in a workshop or getting creative with arts and crafts.

Give –giving to others makes us feel better, and 2015 could not have happened without the generosity of the people of UK. By giving their time, expertise and energy, they helped ont only to organise events, but make them successful by turning up and joining in. Thousands also made the most of sponsored events such as A Night of Piece & Laughter to raise cash for good causes.