Run Birmingham – off the couch and into your city

RunBham_FINAL 479 x 359Get Together…..Feel Better…..Run Birmingham

Come along and join in  – every one is welcome

2km or 5km run, jog or walk ideal for all ages and abilities – FREE weekly activity.

Wednesday’s 9.30 – 10.30am at Aston Park, Trinity Road, Aston. B6 6JD

For more information please contact us:

Email: runbirmingham@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Run-Birmingham

Twitter: @RunBirmingham

To register for your free wrist band for Great Local Runs please visit   www.grearrunlocal.org/register

 

 

 

 

Thursdays 5.30pm—6.30pm

Meet at the play area Farnborough Fields

Wear comfortable clothing and footwear—bring a drink!

 

 

Reward Your World

BetterPoints_strapline_best_big_RGB 2Active Parks have teamed up with Reward Your World so that you can now earn BetterPoints™ for getting active in Birmingham’s parks. From simply visiting the park, to walking the dog, taking a Tai Chi class or volunteering to help a Friends of Parks group, there are lots of ways to pick up points. You can then exchange BetterPoints™ for high street vouchers or donate them to local good causes, including back to the park. There are currently 24 parks in the program with more joining this summer. Start collecting rewards today by registering at the BetterPoints™ website or downloading the app from the App store or Google Play.

Pride in Sport

Taster Sessions

Want to improve your fitness? Try something new? Make new friends? Improve your mental wellbeing? Then sports & fitness could be for you. For the two weeks of the festival Birmingham’s LGBT Sports Clubs are offering a variety of free tasters sessions.
For more information visit http://beactivebirmingham.co.uk/pride-in-sport/

BBC feature: Can free leisure services get people fit?

bab-award-winningAfter hearing positive things about Be active, BBC health correspondent Nick Triggle visited Birmingham in April 2012 to see for himself just how popular and effective the scheme is.

Nick spoke to Be active members and Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser to find out why towns and cities across the country are now looking to emulate Birmingham’s success.

Click on the following link for his feature: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22350807

 

Birmingham’s Active Parks join the fight against obesity

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The team running Birmingham’s hugely successful Be active sports scheme has identified a new secret weapon in the battle of the bulge: the city’s 600 parks and open spaces.

Birmingham City Council, with the support of Birmingham Sport and Physical Activity Partnership, is launching a pilot project looking at the role the city’s open spaces can play in helping lead fitter, healthier lives.

And Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, believes tapping into the potential of the great outdoors will build on the success of the multi award-winning Be active scheme.

Officials will work with Sport England to assess the success of ‘Active Parks’ at five sites:

  1. Cotteridge Park
  2. Walkers Heath Park
  3. Moonlit & Sunset Parks
  4. Holders Lane Fields
  5. Ward End Park

Over the next six months, visitors to the five sites will be offered a wide range of free activities, including:

  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Tai Chi
  • Green Fit
  • Bushcraft
  • Gardening
  • Buggyfit
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Walking

Birmingham City Council assumed public health responsibilities at the start of April 2013 and obesity has been highlighted as one of the city’s major challenges.

Cllr Bedser said: “The obesity problem in Birmingham cannot be underestimated. 26% of our population is obese and that includes nearly one in four of our 10 and 11-year-olds. So we have to use every resource available to us to promote healthier and more active lifestyles throughout the city. That includes our wonderful parks and open spaces.

“We already have the Be Active programme, which has been running very successfully for more than three years helping thousands of people across Birmingham access gyms, classes and swimming for free.

“Now we’re looking at the potential to extend this fantastic programme into our many parks and open spaces. We believe these activities will attract people who may not think that indoor gyms and leisure centres are for them – or who prefer to be outdoors. Parks and open spaces are familiar, unthreatening venues, free and often very local.”

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