Rise North East is today releasing the first in a series of videos as part of its #NEMovement campaign.

The virtual panel discussion, starring experts from across the Northumberland and Tyne & Wear region who hold various, esteemed, health and wellbeing related roles, features topics including what counts as movement, how lockdown has impacted on our physical and mental health, and what we can do to keep moving during the pandemic.

The video, which can be viewed on Rise’s YouTube channel here, reiterates the importance of movement for our physical and mental wellbeing which is the key aim of the #NEMovement campaign launched by Rise in November last year.

It’s hoped that the video will act as an informative and encouraging tool for those across the region who want to become more active themselves or who’d like to encourage more movement amongst their workforce, communities and wider audiences.

Jade English, Communications Officer for Rise said: “It’s important for people to hear how significant movement is in relation to our physical and mental wellbeing and so it was great for us to collaborate with like-minded and well-respected panellists, who each brought their own knowledge and experience to the virtual table, as well as supporting and echoing the key message of our #NEMovement campaign.

“The discussions that we hear in the video demonstrate just how important it is for us all to keep moving, especially during these times when looking after our minds as well as our bodies is of equal importance, and access to gyms and other places and spaces where we’d usually take part in physical activity is very much limited.”

Presenter and fitness entrepreneur Katie Bulmer-Cooke hosted the chat and was joined by Clare Morley (Rise CEO), Robbie Thompson (Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Coach), Helen Linsley (HR Business Partner and Wellbeing Advisor at Nexus), Gavin Cogdon (Group Health and Wellbeing Manager at Great Annual Savings) and Ruth Stevens (Healthy Heart Services Manager at Northumbria NHS).

Clare Morley, CEO for Rise added: “The #NEMovement panel discussion was a very interesting and thought-provoking chat to be a part of. Our goal as an organisation is to work closely with our partners to ensure everyone in our region benefits from an active lifestyle, so for me, to hear others discussing how important this is to them too, was really promising. It’s certainly given us all food for thought as to how we can continue to promote the message more collaboratively moving forward and I’m excited to see where the #NEMovement campaign takes us next.”

To watch the #NEMovement panel video, head over to Rise’s YouTube channel here or to find out more about the campaign and how you can get involved, click here.