Free health and wellbeing event for secondary and college-aged students and their families at Brockenhurst College, Friday 16 October, 10am – 3pm.

Fit fest will feature specialist workshops, taster sessions and inspirational talks, and promote the importance of good mental health.

New Forest District Council Health and Leisure will provide workshops on mindful movement and yoga, Nordic walking, Bollywood dancing and Zumba. There will also be sessions teaching mindfulness, managing anxiety, coping in a crisis, and an expressive art workshop.

There will be 24 market stalls covering a wide range of health and wellbeing topics, such as healthy eating, volunteering, eating disorders, and relaxation. There will be information on NHS services provided by GPs, advice from It’s Your Choice, National Park Authority, Quit 4 Life, and the neighbourhood policing team, amongst others.

New Forest District Council portfolio holder for Health and Leisure Cllr James Binns said: “I would encourage young people to go to Fit Fest and feel the benefits of trying something new and learning something useful in a fun and relaxing environment.

“The event will demonstrate how different elements of our lives are connected and contribute to our total wellbeing. So our hobbies, sleep, exercise and what we eat are all important and have a role to play in maintaining good mental health.”

Fit Fest is a partnership event involving New Forest District Council, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Solent Mind, Brockenhurst College, West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, and Hampshire Art for Recreation and Therapy.

The event supports World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October.

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