The conference was aimed at experienced and emerging professionals involved in the design, delivery and management of exercise and activity programmes for a diverse range of clients. Topics will include physical activity and mental health, online support for exercise referral, and groups versus individual support.
Speakers included Naomi Brook from Coventry BeActive, Bruce Lockie of the Cornwall Sports Partnership, Student Ryan Buckle; founder of Capes Health, Martyn Queen, Lecturer University of St Mark & John, Brian O’Neil from Plymouth City Council and Professor Adrian Taylor, Exeter University.
Delegates were given an insight into current thinking on best practice in exercise referral, ideas and approaches for working with people with specific conditions and an insight into current issues within the NHS.
The conference also provided delegates with an excellent opportunity to listen to, and discuss with, experts in the field of exercise referral and network with physical activity professionals from the public, private and voluntary sector.
Delegate Mel Williams commented via Twitter “Loving the conference - some really interesting discussion on mental health and sport”.
HEPA Programme Leader Ben Jane, said” The event was an opportunity for health and exercise professionals from across the South-West to meet up and to find out about the latest research and to contribute to the design of future research studies. The sessions on the day covered a number of topics including mental health, physical activity promotion and methods of supporting behaviour change and the mix of scientific research and applied professional insight was greatly appreciated by the delegates.
With so many good exercise professionals in the region, and so many excellent projects taking place we think it is essential to develop a strong network for health and exercise professionals to share good practice and the annual conference is a cornerstone of this support”.
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