News - 19th May 2017

Supporting healthy lifestyle choices


In August last year I moved to Wales after spending four years working in Canada. As a keen runner arriving in a new city I started to look around for running clubs and someone suggested that I join a local parkrun.


I have to admit that I had never heard of parkrun, but I duly headed out to Cardiff parkrun one Saturday morning. I was both delighted and amazed to find more than 500 people of all levels of fitness and ability who were participating in an extremely well organised and welcoming community event.


The following week I logged on, registered, printed off my barcode and have subsequently participated in three other parkruns around the UK. Saturday was my first time volunteering to support one of my ‘locals’, Barry Island parkrun.


We all know that being active protects both physical and mental health. As Chief Medical Officer my aim is to ensure that we build an environment and culture that helps everyone to be as healthy and active as possible.


The parkrun phenomenon is a great example of a grassroots social movement which supports healthy lifestyle choices and helps improve health and wellbeing for everyone.


Dr Frank Atherton
Chief Medical Officer, Wales
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