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A 2014 healthy wellbeing WISH..


Published by Dawn Prentice for Dawn Prentice Communications in Health and also in Care and Support, Communities, Education, Housing

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Hot on the heels of Blue Monday, WISH Midlands kick started the year by hosting its first event of 2014 at the Hagley Road Village in Birmingham earlier this week, aimed at raising awareness of Health and Wellbeing.

WISH, a unique group for women working in the affordable housing sector, tailored the event to provide members with a variety of quick wins in reducing stress and heart disease, easily achieved by eating healthily, exercising regularly and enjoying downtime with likeminded individuals in the industry.

A blend of fusion elements were suggested by guest speaker Shirley Hall, the ExtraCare Charitable Trust’s Wellbeing Adviser.  Shirley focused on the importance and benefits of good nutrition, along with why the healthy option has all the potential to be our preferred choice.  In addition, she provided top tips on exercise in daily life including the workplace, which enable you to get fitter in a relatively short space of time.

The entertainment for the evening provided WISH members, guests and residents at the care scheme with a performance by The Choir with No Name (CWNN).  CWNN was created on the premise that singing has physical and psychological health benefits.  Physical benefits because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream and exercises major muscle groups in the upper body, even when sitting.   Psychological benefits due to its effect in reducing stress levels linked to our sense of emotional well-being, and when people sing together (as well as alone), this increases their sense of community, belonging and shared endeavour.

Founded in 2008, CWNN’s choirs were set up to involve and support vulnerable people, including the homeless, aimed at enabling individuals to develop their confidence and abilities, as well as realising their full potential and musical ambitions.  CWNN has performed across the UK, supporting stars including Coldplay and Paul Weller, and appeared on a variety of broadcast media channels.  There are choirs in London, Birmingham and Liverpool.

Ann Rivera, Chair of WISH Midlands said, ‘Our industry supports individuals and communities from disadvantaged backgrounds, many of whom are vulnerable. WISH was created to give women in the sector a greater voice and we work collaboratively with a range of organisations to ensure we can achieve this.  All women in our industry are welcome to join us, irrespective of their status.  Blue Monday is renowned for being the most depressing day of the year, so WISH Midlands felt compelled to dispel the myth and provide our members with an alternative view.  The main emphasis of the evening was to enlighten members on health and wellbeing choices, and the support available to them.  Good health is not something you can buy, good health is a lifestyle, and adding fun to the mix is integral to everyone’s wellbeing.’


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