your 5 day health & well-being challenge

We want you to have a great experience of the festival and feel happy and good about yourself while you are there, so we are placing health and wellbeing at the heart of everything we are doing. 

There is evidence that wellbeing is based on your situation in life; your relationships with others; the things that you do; the life skills you have; the things that have happened to you; and how resilient you are. These things affect how well you feel, and how well you deal with what life throws at you. However, there are ways to improve your mental wellbeing and increase feelings of happiness and fulfillment, and that you are getting the best out of your life.

Research has found that there are 5 ways which help people to improve their mental wellbeing.  Just as we can eat ‘5 a day’ of fruit and vegetables to improve our physical health, there are 5 ways that we can use to improve our mental wellbeing. 

Connect

There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.  It’s clear that social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages.

Keep Learning

Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.  Anecdotal evidence suggests that the opportunity to engage in work or educational activities particularly helps to lift older people out of depression.

Be Active

Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting well-being.

Take Notice

Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness.  Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities.

Give

Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.


For the whole week take part in our “Innovation Big Walk”. 

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Our aim is to collectively walk from Newcastle Racecourse to Lake Victoria in Tanzania and back, over the course of the innovation week, a total of 12,578 miles!  Log your daily steps in the App and we’ll track our collective progress each day.  Those who contribute over 32,000 steps during the week will be entered into a prize draw.