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YOUR HEALTH, YOUR WELLBEING


Innovation is a creative way of thinking and developing solutions to do things better. One of the most innovative ways we can provide value for our customers and colleagues is to look after our employees’ wellbeing, and be a truly great place to work.

Therefore at this year’s festival we will be offering a range of exciting wellbeing fringe activities to help you achieve your 5 ways to wellbeing, and generate some innovative ideas to share in your own workplace.

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Monday - CONNECT


When it comes to our wellbeing, other people matter, so on Monday we will be bringing you plenty of activities which will allow you to connect with others. Please explore the wellbeing activities below and use the booking form to book on as many of the activities as you are able to attend:


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Menopause Awareness Session

Where : North Sea Logistics Room

When : Monday - 12:30 till 13:30

What : This session will give attendees the chance to learn more about the menopause, its signs and symptoms and how you can better access support and cope with the effects of menopause in the workplace. An exciting and interesting talk by Henpicked for all festival-goers regardless of age or gender, this session is a by-product of last year’s Smiley Happy People Power.


Pound Fit

Where : Wellbeing Tent

When : Monday - 17:30 till 18:30

What : Pound Fit is the world’s first cardio jam session inspired by the fun of playing the drums. Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements. Designed for all fitness levels, POUND® provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin’ out and is suitable for men and women of all ages and abilities.


Every Drop Counts Escape Game

Where : Annual Members’ Room

When : Monday - 17:00 till 19:00

What : You may have tried an escape room but have you tried a water saving room? Team up in groups of 4 to try out this water saving game – can you solve the puzzles and save as much water as possible before the clock runs out? The winning team gets top place on the leader board! To book a place please click the button below (please note only one person needs to book a place per team).


TUESDAY - GIVE


Even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word and we will asking staff to give to our Innovation Festival Food bank during the festival week. Please explore the wellbeing activities below and use the booking form to book on as many of the activities as you are able to attend:

 

Pilates

Where : Wellbeing Tent

When : Tuesday - 08:00 till 08:45

What : Pilates consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength movements. It is a mat-based class which aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness, mindfulness and wellbeing. Festival-goers of all abilities are welcome to come along to this beginners’ session, to book a place please click here.

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Massages

Where : Box 11

When : Tuesday - 10:30 till 15:30

What : We will be offering all day appointments for festival goers to enjoy the holistic therapies of Indian head massage and reflexology. The massage will take place in the massage chair so there will be no need to remove any clothing. Just take a few moments to relax and smell the essential oils in order to aid your relaxation.


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Gentle Group Walk

Where: Wellbeing Tent

When: Wednesday - 12:30 – 13:15

What:Why not use your lunchtime to get your steps up by taking part in a gentle and scenic walk led by local North East charity Living Streets. The walk will take you around the beautiful scenery of the racecourse and its surrounding area. Meeting at the wellbeing tent at 12:30, to book a place please click here.


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Every Drop Counts Escape Game

Where : Annual Members’ Room

When : Tuesday - 17:00 till 19:00

What : Our Escape game will be continuing on the Tuesday so team up in groups of 4 to try out this water saving game – can you solve the puzzles and save as much water as possible before the clock runs out? The winning team gets top place on the leader board! To book a place please click here (please note only one person needs to book a place per team).


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Alphabetti Theatre Play Writing Workshop

Where : Wellbeing Tent

When : Tuesday - 17:00 till 18:30

What : Spend some time getting creative with your fellow festival goers by joining this workshop run by Alphabetti Theatre to create a short 2-3 minute play. The session will be facilitated by Newcastle’s very own Alphabetti Theatre and will allow you to use the arts to improve your mental health. Those who feel comfortable doing so will have the chance to perform their play for the rest of the workshop group at the end.


WEDNESDAY - BE ACTIVE


You don't have to go to the gym to be active, find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Please explore the wellbeing activities below and use the booking form to book on as many of the activities as you are able to attend:

 
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 Yoga

Where: Tipi

When: Wednesday - 08:00 – 08:45

What:Yoga is a great low impact exercise for increasing your activity levels. This session is aimed at complete beginners and will guide you through basic yoga poses, concentrating on breathing and mindfulness. A great start to the morning for all abilities.


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 Manicures

Where: Box 12

When: Wednesday -10:00 -16:30

What:Take a moment for yourself and enjoy some pampering by having your nails painted. Appointments are limited and last 45 minutes each so book a place now by clicking here to avoid disappointment.


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Cookery Demo with John Sunderland Wright

Where: Wellbeing China Hat

When: Wednesday - 12:30 – 13:00

What:Join John Sunderland Wright as he demonstrates how to cook three healthy dishes live in front of festival goers. John will be showing you how to make easy but nutritionally balanced dishes which you can try out at home. There may even be some testers for some lucky audience members so to book a place please click here.


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Desk Snack Hacks

Where: Wellbeing Tent

When: Wednesday - 17:00 – 18:00

What:Do you find yourself eating unhealthy snacks due to lack of knowledge/time? Does this cause energy spikes and lulls, mood swings and tiredness? Well, you can escape the vicious circle of highs and lows, by making your way to this workshop, where you'll learn how to slay the 3pm slump, with three healthy desk snacks. Quick and simple recipes to transform detrimental desk snacking habits.


 THURSDAY - TAKE NOTICE


Being more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you is essential for good wellbeing. Some of the wellbeing activities below will allow you take notice of your own mental wellbeing, use the booking form to book on as many of the activities as you are able to attend:

 
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Walking football NUFC Foundation

Where: Meet at Wellbeing Hub

When: Thursday - 08:00 – 08:40

What: Start your day off with some gentle activity by joining NUFC for a game of walking football. You do not need to break a sweat to get your step count up, so why not challenge your fellow festival goers to a game? All abilities are welcome for this beginner’s session.


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NHS Health MOT

Where: Box 12

When: Thursday - 09:45 – 16:00

What: When was the last time you really had a look at your own physical health? Book an appointment for one of our NHS Health MOTs to find out your body fat, blood pressure, cholesterol level and more and get some advice on any lifestyle changes you might need to make based on your results. To book a place please click here.


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Musculoskeletal and Mental Health Advice

Where: Wellbeing Tent

When: Thursday - 12:30 – 13:30

What: Join Connect for this fun and informative session featuring tips and exercises on how to improve your musculoskeletal wellbeing and your mental health. Guaranteed to get you off your seat and joining in this class is suitable for all abilities and will give you plenty tips to get you sitting less and moving more.


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Mindfulness

Where: Box 11

When: Thursday - 12:45 – 13:15

What: Becoming more aware of the present moment can help us enjoy the world around us more and understand ourselves better, and mindfulness is believed to have a huge positive impact on mental wellbeing. To book a place on this beginner’s session please click here.


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Mind Play with John Sunderland Wright

Where: Wellbeing China Hat

When: Thursday - 12:30 – 13:30

What: You may recognise John from his fabulous food demo on Wednesday lunchtime, but on Thursday he is joining us to show you the true power of mindfulness and controlling your mind, giving you the chance to control gadgets and technology using the power of your mind. This gives an amazing insight into the power of your mind, and how learning to control it could make real changes in your life. To book a place please click here.


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Burn Out Rescue Workshop

Where: Wellbeing Tent

When: Thursday - 17:00 – 18:00

What: Constant physical and emotional exhaustion, irregular sleep patterns, irritability, highly susceptible to common colds ... these symptoms could suggest when you are on the road to burnout. If this sounds like you, then fear not, you are not alone! A 2015 survey showed that over 50% of UK employees had experienced anxiety and burnout in their roles. This workshop explores solutions, and self-management tools that can help to prevent and overcome burnout. To book a place please click here.


 FRIDAY - KEEP LEARNING


Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence so why not get involved in as many new activities as you can on the final day of the festival?

 
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Pilates

Where: Tipi

When: Friday - 08:00 – 08:45

What: Why not finish of your week by trying a new exercise class? Pilates consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength movements. It is a mat-based class which aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness, mindfulness and wellbeing. Festival-goers of all abilities are welcome to come along to this beginners’ session, to book a place please click here.


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Prostate UK

Where: Young persons’ Sprint Tent

When: Friday - 12:00 - 13:00

What: Come join Northumbrian Water’s own Andy Kelly as he gives this shocking and insightful awareness talk on the signs and symptoms of Prostate Cancer. Worth attending for all ages and genders, this lifesaving talk will open your eyes on how you can take care of yourself and your loved ones.   


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Beccy Owen’s Pop Up Choir

Where: Wellbeing China Hat

When: Friday - 13:00 – 14:15

What: Singing brings huge amounts of joy and is proven to have benefits for your mental health so why not learn a new skill and take part in Beccy Owen’s Pop Up Choir? The choir is designed for any one from complete novices who have never sung before, to people who absolutely love to sign in the shower. Beccy will teach you two new songs from scratch, with the chance to perform them to festival goers for those who feel comfortable doing so. All you need to get involved is a willingness to learn – the ability to sing in tune is not a requirement! To book a place please click here.


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Art Therapy

Where: Wellbeing Tent

When: Friday - 13:00 – 14:00

What: Art creation is a great stress relief tool. Amongst its benefits it is said to help people let go of pent-up emotions which are often difficult to express in words. In this workshop, you will be guided through various exercises that can help reduce stress, boost focus, release anxiety and heighten sensory awareness. So come and experience the benefits of Art Therapy, to book a place please click here!