What Works to Improve Wellbeing?

The time is ripe for wellbeing to become a more significant aspect of policy making; this was the message received from an event hosted last week by the Public Health England (PHE), entitled ‘What Works to Improve Wellbeing?’ There were in fact two events organised on the same topic by PHE, taking place in London and Bristol on Wednesday 29 October 2014. Some of NOW’s team attended the event in Bristol, and found it a very informative experience.

Working Towards a Fair, Green and Healthy Future Through Eating Better

What we eat certainly affects our own health and wellbeing, and it also has a knock on effect on our wider communities and environment too. This understanding underlies the ethos of one of our partners, Eating Better, whose work focuses on moving towards a fair, green and healthy future. This is a guest post in which Eating Better Coordinator Sue Dibb shares an inspiring summary of the organisations achievements and plans for the future.

Mind Over Matter: Can Meditation Really Influence Wellbeing?

This is a guest post kindly contributed by freelance writer, Ella Jameson. In this post, Ella explores how beneficial meditation really is for physical health and wellbeing. Ella states: "Advocates claim that not only does meditation provide a multitude of psychological benefits such as increased focus, creativity, happiness and peace of mind, it can also have an extremely significant effect on your physical well-being. While many of the psychological aspects are no longer disputed there is more debate over the physical benefits." Using a variety of evidence, Ella explores some of the most controversial health-boosting claims that surround meditation.

Hands-on Celebration of Recovery Devon

Recovery Devon is a community based project composed of a group of people full of good will, who support mental health recovery and wellbeing across the county of Devon in the United Kingdom. This post shares experiences from Recovery Devon's 10th anniversary celebration.

Gardening for Health

In this post read how Gardening for Health helps enable people to improve their wellbeing, and how support from the Network of Wellbeing has helped this project to continue its wonderful work. By Ed Vidler, Catherine Munro, and Jenny Gellatly