Healthy City Week – wellbeing that doesn’t cost the earth

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Bristol’s inaugural Healthy City Week is taking place from 10th–18th October 2015, aiming to inspire citizens of Bristol to achieve healthier lifestyles as part of a more sustainable future city.

Over 100 events can be found across Bristol over the 10 days, each promoting the idea of wellbeing that doesn’t cost the earth.  There will be a diverse range of talks, seminars, workshops, open days and taster sessions exploring the links between health and sustainability.

To launch the week, Bristol 2015 Lab Space hosted a ‘Weekend Takeover’ on 10th and 11th October, for visitors to enjoy half-hourly engaging demos and taster sessions from health practitioners, community groups and environmental organisations.

Health organisations will be addressing sustainability throughout the week, with Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, Penny Brohn Cancer Care and local hospitals opening their doors to showcase what is being done to reduce their environmental impact, and to share their approaches to environment, sustainability, health and wellbeing.

Additionally, the ‘Workplace Wellbeing Week Pack’ and Health Creation @ Work initiatives, both launching in Healthy City Week, will offer businesses and organisations a great opportunity help raise awareness of the importance of health and wellbeing in creating a more sustainable workforce.  Anne Sheekey, Co-Founder of the Workplace Wellbeing Week Pack, adds “We will be linking up with existing initiatives including Go Green and the Bristol City Council Workplace Wellbeing Charter to spread this free guide to as many organisations as possible to help you implement positive changes within your workplaces.

Bristol Health Hub in Cotham will be hosting three full days of free taster sessions, events and workshops to explore a variety of ways to achieve wellbeing. Plus, in various locations across Bristol there will be free workshops, walks and talks linked to food, energy, nature, resources and transport – from a Goodgym run to being a farmer for the day with The Community Farm, classes with Yogasara, to cycling in nature with TravelWest and Lifecycle UK.

Healthy City Week emerged from Bristol Green Capital Partnership’s Health and Wellbeing Group as an opportunity to showcase local sustainability and healthcare initiatives during Bristol’s year as European Green Capital, and to raise awareness of the links between our personal health and the health of our environment.  The week also celebrates Healthy City Week’s flagship programme, ‘Kitchen on Prescription’, and the launch of The Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine who are coordinating the programme.

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Healthy City Week can offer all organisations and individuals an opportunity to share how they are helping Bristol to become a healthy and sustainable city.

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