University Launches Moon Mission Wellbeing Initiative

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The challenge is on for locals to log as many miles as possible after the University of Worcester launched a new health initiative last week.

The University is spearheading the ‘Moon Mission’, which is aiming to encourage people of all ages in Herefordshire and Worcestershire to participate in physical activity; with the overall target being to collectively log 477,714 miles – the distance to the moon and back – by July 31.

Whether people have walked, run, cycled, swam, pushed or rowed, they can log their miles on the Moon Mission section of the University’s website, where contributors will also have the chance to win weekly prizes.

Louise Jones, Director of Health and Wellbeing at the University, explains: “The Moon Mission follows up on the University’s successful ‘Around the World’ initiative, during which students and staff logged over 24,902 miles - distance equal to the equatorial circumference of the Earth – in 80 days.

“That challenge saw people taking up new forms of exercise, increasing their physical activity and challenging their friends and colleagues, and we hope to replicate that within the wider community with the Moon Mission.

“The initiative is designed to help people to become more active, which in turn will boost their energy levels, reduce the risk of serious health conditions and improve both their physical and mental wellbeing.”

The University is working in partnership with a number of local organisations across Worcestershire and Herefordshire, including the County Councils, Age UK, the Sports Partnership and Community First in order to engage not just those who already take part in sport or exercise, but also members of the community who are less physically active or socially isolated.

Hundreds of individuals, businesses, sports clubs and community groups have already signed up. To register, log your miles or find out more information, visit the Moon Mission pages