Registrations have now opened for the Wellbeing Game – an online competition that makes players more aware of the things they can do every day to improve their health and wellbeing.
Ciaran Fox from the Mental Health Foundation says improved wellbeing is only a week away with the Game starting next Monday, October 8 and running to November 9, 2012.
"The Wellbeing Game is a world-first and over the five weeks of the competition people from all over Canterbury will keep track of the things they do every day that improve their wellbeing," Ciaran says.
"Many of the things we already do are good for us. The Wellbeing Game provides an opportunity to take a moment and reflect on the things that keep us well". Ciaran says the Game is based around the 'five ways to wellbeing', which are connect, take notice, give, keep learning and be active.
Michelle Whitaker from Healthy Christchurch says there has already been strong interest from Canterbury workplaces and schools. She expects the competition between teams from within the same organisation, and between different organisations, to bring out the competitive spirit and boost wellbeing hours.
"The competition element is a really fun part of the Game. Players can form teams of any size and watch how their team is performing on the online leader board," Michelle says.
"The Wellbeing Game is the first time the five ways to wellbeing have been brought to life like this. We've built the Game right here in Christchurch, and have spent the last year piloting it. Now we are ready to open it up to Canterbury and beyond."
Michelle says the pilot showed players enjoyed becoming more mindful of their mental and physical wellbeing. "Playing the Game makes you more aware of what good things you are already doing, how easy it is to tweak your usual activities to get more out of them, and encourages us to embrace new opportunities".
Go to www.thewellbeinggame.org.nz for more information and to register.
The 'five ways to wellbeing' are based on research undertaken by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) for the British government's Foresight Project. The research was drawn from the inter-disciplinary work of more than 400 scientists from across the world.
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