Be Active Be Well! We join launch for key Para campaign

Saturday 3rd December 2022

We are delighted to mark International Day of People with Disabilities 2022 by launching the new Be Active Be Well campaign.

Be Active Be Well aims to encourage people with disabilities to improve their wellbeing by being more physically active, in a way that suits them. It will help provide people with the advice and support they need to find new opportunities for getting active.

The campaign is being run in partnership by Scottish Disability Sport, The Daily Mile, scottishathletics, SAMH, Paths for All, GOGA Tayside and sportscotland.

All these organisations will work together to promote the benefits that being physically active offers for the physical, mental and social wellbeing of people with disabilities. The campaign builds on the success of the previous, award-winning Be Active Be Well programme run by SDS and SAMH, which ran between 2020 and 2021, providing online activity and wellbeing sessions. This time around, we are delighted to be supporting and encouraging people into a wider range of activities, including in-person sessions.

At the heart of the campaign is personalised support for people with disabilities and/or those that support them, provided by Scottish Disability Sport. They will get to know the person’s interests, aspirations and abilities and can liaise with providers of sport and physical activity around Scotland, to help find the right opportunity to get active.

We can help people access a whole range of activities, not only those represented by the partners in the campaign.

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We can also offer support and advice to activity providers who want to make their sessions or facilities more accessible.

Watch: Andy Tomlinson, who has Cerebral Palsy, runs with Bellahouston Road Runners, where he has found a warm welcome

Chief Medical Officer, Gregor Smith, has given the campaign his backing. He said: ‘I passionately believe that physical activity is for everyone and I’m committed to creating opportunities to enable this. We should all feel included, and able to take part and access the benefits of being active.

‘The Be Active Be Well campaign highlights opportunities for people with a disability to participate in sport and physical activity, providing positive experiences and opportunities for more people to be more active, more often.”

Athlete Kayleigh Haggo (pictured), who holds multiple world records at Frame Running, said: ‘Physical activity and sport are fun and have been positively life changing for me. There are activities to suit everyone, so give it a go, there will be an activity near you which you can try. Be Active Be Well.

Tags: Be Active Be Well, Kayleigh Haggo, Para, Para athletics, Para Sport, Scottish Disability Sport

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