It was the first conference of its kind in Lincolnshire and on its debut the Think Active conference was an unmitigated success with delegates on the day giving it a 4.8/5 star ranking.
The conference focused on the role physical activity can play in mental health. It was organised by the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) and Active Lincolnshire and was hosted by Bishop Grosseteste University. 183 individuals attended the ground-breaking conference, from LPFT staff, partners across healthcare and community providers.
The key note speech, delivered by Dr William Bird set the tone for the conference, and delegates took to Twitter to enthuse about his speech: Agnieszka said: “extremely interesting talk from @drwilliambird about the real impact that physical activity can have on ageing process and length of life. Physical activity is the strongest anti-inflammatory!” Dominic Fieldhouse referred to the speech as “engaging” and Matthew Fisher called it “eye opening” and the science “indisputable”.
Delegates then had the opportunity to attend two workshops of their choosing, these workshops covered content on sport, physical activity and mental health, barriers to being active, dementia and staff wellbeing.
To encourage delegates to walk the talk a lunch time ‘pop pilates’ session was arranged and staff took up the opportunity for an active lunch break.
The conference finished on what was the most eye opening and humbling workshop of the day, where three inspirational speakers shared their personal experiences of mental health and explained how physical activity helped them.
Aimee Browes, Thomas Dunning and Clare Warren were upfront, honest and truly inspiring as they shared their lows and highs with delegates, bringing together all the content all of the day and bringing to life the life changing power physical activity can have on those suffering from mental illness.
We are incredibly happy with how the day ran and would like to thank all the workshop providers, stall holders and speakers as well as all the delegates who attended the day. We hope this is the beginning of the #ThinkActive movement and greater focus on the benefits of physical activity.
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