Commercial PhotographyA CELEBRATION of healthier and less stressful working lives has taken place in Middlesbrough.


The event at Middlesbrough College was held to take a look at the achievements of the ExtraLife health improvement programme.


The initiative brings together key public sector organisations and employers including Middlesbrough College, Teesside University, Middlesbrough Council and South Tees NHS Foundation Trust.

The conference – on the theme of Connectivity – centred on the issues surrounding working together to achieve better health and wellbeing.

Key speakers – including Health and Sustainability expert Professor Mark Dooris of the University of Central Lancashire – discussed how settings can affect health, and how the ExtraLife partnership can work with the wider community for the benefit of the town as a whole.


The day featured interactive sessions, discussions on the future direction of the initiative, a mini marketplace of providers offering support to ExtraLife activities and a celebration of progress to date.
There were also demonstrations on cookery and meditation.


Councillor Julia Rostron, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “ExtraLife is all about harnessing the resources, insight and expertise of some of our biggest institutions for the benefit of the town as a whole.


“This conference was an important opportunity to share ideas and knowledge, and help people to combat stress and promote health and wellbeing.”


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