Kettering health and wellbeing festival set to boost residents' lifestyles

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A Kettering family-friendly health and wellbeing festival will return for a third year to help bring benefits to residents' lifestyles with free information events, activities and advice.

Community wellbeing experts and organisations from across Kettering have been brought together with North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) to host its third Health and Wellbeing Festival.

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Residents will be able to access ideas, information, advice and activities to help benefit their lifestyle, and find support in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The festival is being held online and at some venuesThe festival is being held online and at some venues
The festival is being held online and at some venues

Returning this month, the popular week-long festival launches on Monday, June 14 and runs until Sunday, June 20, with a bumper timetable of talks and taster sessions set to be delivered from a diverse variety of wellbeing experts and organisations.

Kerry Purnell, assistant director of housing and communities at NNC, said: "Health and wellbeing means many things to different people, and it is paramount right now with the vast array of change brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic which we have all had to adapt to and make changes in our lives, which has been difficult at times.

"Across North Northamptonshire, there are a huge amount of organisations that can support people with health and wellbeing where they need it. Whether that be making lifestyle changes, trying a new sport or hobby, taking time to relax or managing stress, through this year’s Health and Wellbeing Festival we aspire to raise awareness of these fantastic local services and encourage people to find out what’s available to help them, their family, friends and loved ones right on their doorstep.

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"Last year we made the decision to move the event online to keep everyone safe which worked extremely well, and we had great feedback, so we will build on the success of this for the 2021 festival and keep it online with the opportunity for some face to face activities where Covid-19 restrictions allow."

As well as the festival's online sessions, first trialled in 2020, there will be in-person activities which people can join in with in a Covid-19 secure setting.

Virtual taster sessions will include an introduction to mindfulness, advice on getting into running and healthy living, as well as talks on healthy ageing, support to give up smoking and inspiration to get active and eat healthily.

Traditionally a Kettering-based event, this year will see the Health and Wellbeing Festival touring around the North Northamptonshire area with future events planned for Corby, Wellingborough and East Northants over the coming months.

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David Murray, a consultant at Public Health Northamptonshire, said: “Throughout the past sixteen months, health and wellbeing has been firmly in the spotlight as we have all adjusted to living in a pandemic. As we look to move away from restrictions and return to a more normal way of life, we can start to focus on our own health, wellbeing and resilience.

"This festival is a great way to interact online with people from Kettering and the local area to share key information, ideas, services and activities that can support us in our own journeys to better health and wellbeing."

Partners from across North Northamptonshire have signed up to deliver sessions as part of this year’s festival including Kettering Complementary Therapies, Northamptonshire Sport, Ironstone Wellbeing and Public Health Northamptonshire.