Wii fit club proves a hit with Kirklees nurses


Nurses from South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Fairfield School have been embracing new technology to boost their wellbeing during their break times as part of the Trust’s wellbeing month.

The Trust is the local provider of specialist NHS mental health and learning disability services and it is hosting wellbeing month throughout October in a bid to boost people’s physical and mental wellbeing at the same time as tackling the stigma that surrounds mental health.

A group of staff who work in the learning disability children’s team attended the special Wii fit session held at Fairfield School in Batley. The aim was to see who could get the highest score on the games console, whilst boosting their physical activity levels as part of a well-earned break from their day jobs.

Wii Fit is a video game developed by Nintendo for the Wii console. It is an exercise game consisting of activities using the a special balance board and is currently the third best selling console game in history with 22.61 million copies sold as of May 2010.

As well as promoting traditional methods of boosting physical and mental wellbeing the Trust has been embracing new technology in a bid to get more people maintaining their own wellbeing.

Nurse Alison Ellis, said, “Going to the gym, football and other sports are great for boosting wellbeing, but they aren’t necessarily suited to everyone’s tastes. Using modern technology such as Wii fit enables people to try something new to enhance their wellbeing and it’s a workout in disguise. As 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem, the month of wellbeing is an ideal opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues, reduce stigma and promote wellbeing at the same time as suggesting new ways of getting active.”

To see full details of all events planned in October, including dates and times, visit the Trust’s website at www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk

Wii fit club proves a hit with Kirklees nurses

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