San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Inactive to Active: A ‘Get Healthy, Get into Sport’ Learning Event is a FREE conference which will share the insights gained from Suffolk’s hugely successful Get Healthy, Get into Sport initiatives and give wider context to the issue of Physical Inactivity from leading experts in the UK.
Funded through Sport England and managed by Suffolk County Council the primary aim of the Get Healthy, Get into Sport project was to facilitate inactive clients into long term sustained sport and activities. Part 1 was delivered by Live Well Suffolk (part of Thrive Tribe) and specifically targeted clients going through healthy lifestyle behaviour change interventions to explore supporting them to bridge the gap between health and physical activity.
Part 2 was delivered by Suffolk Sport and Abbeycroft Leisure which looked at targeting specific populations. Suffolk Sport engaged clients with long term health conditions whilst Abbeycroft’s intervention focused on supporting young people with mental health issues into physical activity.
As well as there being a showcase of the findings from all three projects, delegates will also have the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers such as Former Olympian and Fitness Training Guru, Greg Whyte, CEO of Park Run, Nick Pearson and Sport England’s Community Sport Director, Mike Diaper on the topic of tackling inactivity. Delegates also have the chance to take part in workshops on a variety of related topics.
Chair – Professor Greg Whyte OBE
Professor Greg Whyte OBE is a physical activity expert, world-renowned sports scientist at Liverpool John Moores University and two-time Olympian. He is well- known for his involvement in Comic Relief, assisting various celebrities in challenge events, such as supporting Jo Brand on her ‘Hell of a Walk’ challenge and Davina McCall on her ‘Beyond Breaking Point’ 506 mile ultra-challenge.
In 2004 Greg was awarded an OBE for his services to sport, sport science and charity and was voted as one of the top ten science communicators in the UK by the British Science Council.
Keynote Speaker - Sarah Ruane, Strategic Lead for Health, Sport England
Sarah is the Strategic Lead for Health within Sport England and leads on the organisation’s ambitious national programme to reduce inactivity. In her 10 years in local government Sarah has developed vision and policy and managed teams and services with an aim to tackle inactivity and improve health. Most recently, Sarah was appointment as Head of Service for Leisure and Preventative Health,where she provided leadership and vision to a broad remit of parks and open spaces, heritage, sport and physical activity, libraries, Healthwatch and the health and wellbeing board.Sarah has worked across the breadth of the physical activity and health landscape and has experience as both a commissioner and deliverer, transforming leisure services, commissioning preventative health interventions and integrating public health and cultural services.
Keynote Speaker – Nick Pearson, Chief Executive Officer, Parkrun
Nick Pearson joined parkrun as Global CEO in May 2015. With 20 years’ experience in the sports industry and as the former Managing Director of the largest UK independent specialist sports retailer, Sweatshop, Pearson is a passionate advocate of the running community. Through sporting initiatives such as Sweatshop Running Community, Pearson has broken down the barriers to physical activity and encouraged thousands of newcomers into the running community.Previously he was also a British International 800 metre runner.
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Thrive Tribe has been a specialist provider of healthy lifestyle services since 2009. The organisation was set up to provide high quality, people-centred and innovative approaches to helping people get healthy and this mission is still true today. We provide stand alone and integrated programmes and campaigns including smoking cessation, adult/family/child weight management, physical activity, healthy eating, health checks and social marketing.
We have been providing our own weight management programmes and services for 5 years and in this time we have adapted our approaches as we have learned from our clients.
The programmes and resources underpinning our weight management programmes are all evidence based and developed by our specialist team consisting of Dietitians, a Clinical Psychologist and a Physical Activity Practitioner. The team has significant experience managing and delivering weight related interventions in a variety of settings.
We are currently providing weight management programmes in London and Luton. These services provide us with experience of targeting our offering to a diverse range of clients including those in inner cities, suburbs and towns - not to mention a huge range of ethnic populations.
In the past five years over 7000 clients have attended our free/commissioned weight management programmes. Our most established programme delivered very positive client outcomes with 91% of completers losing some weight and 45% of completers achieving a clinically significant 5% weight loss in line with NICE guidance recommendations.
Thrive Tribe is now one of the most sought after providers of healthy lifestyle services. To keep on top of our game we always aim to reinvest an amount of our financial surpluses back into our services: for example, by funding a Health Walks scheme in Suffolk and by purchasing a VW van which operates as a mobile quit-smoking clinic in London.
We have also recently invested in a partnership with innovative weight management provider Man v Fat, a weight loss programme aimed specifically at men. It also includes Man v Fat Football, a football league only for men who want to lose weight. Every player is in the same situation and wants the same thing - to enjoy football, lose weight and get healthier. Uniquely, the league is decided not just on points won, but pounds lost and so far have proved both popular and successful.
Our approach to Physical Activity and sustainable client exit routes was also recently recognised in PHE and UK Active’s “Promising Practice for Physical Activity Interventions” which saw our Sport England funded “Get Healthy, Get into Sport” initiative shortlisted in the top 20 of over 952 submissions. In 2015 we were also awarded the Royal Society of Public Health’s Health and Wellbeing Award for our innovative approach to smoking cessation within Wormwood Scrubs Prison. The award is designed to recognise and celebrate a wide range of activities, policies and strategies that empower communities and individuals, improve the population’s health and address the wider social determinants of health.
As we continue to evolve as an organisation, we remain committed to providing top quality, health improvement solutions and services in the UK, taking care to ensure that we stay true to the core organisational values which have shaped and guided us so far.