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Your physical health affects your mental health so improving such things as fitness and diet can help your mental well-being – but this doesn’t mean adopting the training regime of a top athlete! Solihull Mind’s Healthy Living services can provide help to improve your physical health including advice on diet and exercise and the opportunity to increase your fitness by taking part in physical activities ranging from gentle walks to playing football. One of the main aims is to encourage/enable people to have more control of their physical health (and consequently, to have better mental health) and to have the self confidence to be able to use mainstream community facilities/spaces for whatever physical activity they choose to do as part of this. As well as improving your health and increasing your social involvement, the individual skills and teamwork you’ll develop will help you elsewhere in your life. Weekly Healthy Living group This group, which meets every Monday between 2pm and 4pm, is an ideal introduction to improving physical health. It provides advice on exercise and diet, and, in particular, the link between mood and eating habits and the impact of psychiatric drugs. There are occasional guest speakers on health related issues and there are gentle walks in local parks; and, if you wish, group members can also monitor their weight each week on our scales. The group also has access to our library of books, DVDs and magazines on health and fitness, and access to the internet so you can develop your own programme of health improvement. We also provide support for quitting smoking (we’re part of the NHS campaign). We also have 4 week courses on healthy cooking where you can be taught how to shop and cook both economically and healthily – all ingredients provided and tuition is in groups of three only. Please contact us if you’d like to go on the next course. Outdoor activity Our horticulture project in Knowle provides the opportunity to undertake physical activity at a level that suits you. There is always a range of work available ranging from planting seeds to digging (if you really want to give yourself a workout!) on the days it is open - Jon is at the field on Monday and Wednesday from 10-30am – 3-30pm; and Andy is there on Thursday and Friday from 11am until 1pm. There are buses from Solihull to Knowle (contact us for details) or on a Thursday we can provide transport from our office in Faulkner Road leaving at 10-30am. The site in Knowle can also be used for individual fitness activities such as jogging or running, and there is a fitness circuit there to suit people of varying fitness levels. Sports We have a range of sports activities, either at our horticulture project, or using mainstream community facilities. On offer at the moment is table tennis and football, but we also have equipment for volleyball, badminton and frisbee. The table tennis is available any time the horticulture site is open (see above), football takes take place on Fridays, either 2pm – 4pm (summer) or 1pm – 3pm (winter). Anybody is welcome to play - all ages and both sexes are welcome and it’s played in relaxed, friendly way and isn’t too competitive!. Football usually takes place on our grass pitch at the horticulture site, but we also use Astroturf pitches at local sports centres and take part in tournaments and matches elsewhere.
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Cabbages being grown at the project Our football pitch at the horticulture site
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Your physical health affects your mental health so improving such things as fitness and diet can help your mental well-being – but this doesn’t mean adopting the training regime of a top athlete! Solihull Mind’s Healthy Living services can provide help to improve your physical health including advice on diet and exercise and the opportunity to increase your fitness by taking part in physical activities ranging from gentle walks to playing football. One of the main aims is to encourage/enable people to have more control of their physical health (and consequently, to have better mental health) and to have the self confidence to be able to use mainstream community facilities/spaces for whatever physical activity they choose to do as part of this. As well as improving your health and increasing your social involvement, the individual skills and teamwork you’ll develop will help you elsewhere in your life. Weekly Healthy Living group This group, which meets every Monday between 2pm and 4pm, is an ideal introduction to improving physical health. It provides advice on exercise and diet, and, in particular, the link between mood and eating habits and the impact of psychiatric drugs. We also provide support for quitting smoking (we’re part of the NHS campaign). We also have 4 week courses on healthy cooking where you can be taught how to shop and cook both economically and healthily – all ingredients provided and tuition is in groups of three only. Please contact us if you’d like to go on the next course. Outdoor activity Our horticulture project in Knowle provides the opportunity to undertake physical activity at a level that suits you. There is always a range of work available ranging from planting seeds to digging (if you really want to give yourself a workout!) - see here for more details The site in Knowle can also be used for individual fitness activities such as jogging or running, and there is a fitness circuit there to suit people of varying fitness levels. Sports We have a range of sports activities, either at our horticulture project, or using mainstream community facilities. On offer at the moment is table tennis and football, but we also have equipment for volleyball, badminton and frisbee. The table tennis is available any time the horticulture site is open (see above), football takes take place on Fridays, either 2pm – 4pm (summer) or 1pm – 3pm (winter). Anybody is welcome to play - all ages and both sexes are welcome and it’s played in relaxed, friendly way and isn’t too competitive!.
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Our football pitch at the horticulture site
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