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Mental Health and Physical Activity Roundtable

April 7, 2011

During Mental Heath Week (May 1-7, 2011), Minding Our Bodies will be holding a one-day Mental Health and Physical Activity Roundtable. It will take place on May 5 at the Metro Central YMCA in Toronto.

The Mental Health and Physical Activity Roundtable will celebrate the success of those working in the community mental health and physical activity sectors, facilitate the active exchange of ideas and encourage new partnerships. Program leaders will share the successes and challenges they faced in their efforts to promote physical activity for mental health and to improve access for people with serious mental illness.

The agenda will include a panel of consumer-survivor peer leaders, a keynote from researchers at the University of Toronto, highlights of key physical activity training tools and options, a showcase of successful program models in the community mental health sector and an interactive cross-sectoral discussion to develop new ideas to overcome barriers and to bridge accessibility gaps.

If you are unable to attend our May 5 roundtable, you can hear some of the successful program models which are a part of the Minding Our Bodies network through the Physical Activity Resource Centre webinars on April 18 and 19, 10-11:30 am.

The Minding Our Bodies project seeks to increase capacity within the community mental health system in Ontario to promote active living and healthy eating for people with serious mental illness to support recovery. Minding Our Bodies is an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, in partnership with Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, Nutrition Resource Centre, YMCA Ontario, and York University’s Faculty of Health with support from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport.

See www.mindingourbodies.ca for more information on the roundtable on May 5, 2011 or register directly atwww.eventbrite.com/event/1459656873.

See parc.ophea.net/training-workshops to register for the webinar on April 18 and 19, 2011.

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