We want to encourage everyone in Purbeck to make the most of the amazing outdoor spaces we’ve got on our doorstep. Getting up and out and about will do wonders for our physical and mental health. The Pledge is about making the most of getting outdoors: a simple walk around the block, spending time in the garden or exploring the open spaces; woodlands and coastline on our doorstep.
Come along to our launch event ‘Picnic in the Park’ on Saturday 4th May 11-3pm at Durlston Country Park and get ideas on how to ‘Get outdoors and boost wellbeing’ in your local area. We will have a number of local activity providers and taster sessions for you to get involved with. Bring your picnic and join us!
Perhaps you want to get outside more; to daily complete three ten-minute brisk walks, to try a new activity? What will you try?
The Pledge is about having fun, doing something different and making small achievable changes to our lives.
It needn’t be a big change but a simple commitment to make a change in one or more areas of your life. Who could join you in your pledge? Share the inspiration for change with your neighbour, friends and family.
Search for events and activities to help your Pledge here.
The Purbeck Pledge was started in 2015 to encourage those living and working in the Purbecks to think about their physical and mental health and ways in which they could feel good. The idea behind the Pledge is that individuals, couples, families or colleagues pledge to make a change in their lives to feel better.
Previous pledges have been about increasing physical activity, reducing alcohol intake and walking a mile or more on a regular basis.
Dr William Bird MBE, MRCGP, CEO of Intelligent Health, who is one of the UK’s leading experts on physical activity says:
"We were designed to live amongst nature, but the modern world’s disconnection from nature is so damaging to human health. ‘Everyone knows being active is good for them and studies show that nature lifts up the people who need it most and, with so much green space in Purbeck, there should be lots of opportunities to do something physical."
‘Boost Wellbeing’ could encompass thinking about our own wellbeing, exploring mental health, trying new experiences or thinking about introducing mindfulness to our day.
This year’s Purbeck Pledge is also part of Naturally Healthy Month taking part across Dorset and the South West this May. So please take the pledge to ‘Get Outdoors, Boost Wellbeing’ and have fun doing it!
The Purbeck Pledge is a partnership of: