Moving more mountains

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Conference on exercise and chronic illness returns to consider the impossible.

The national conference ‘Moving Mountains’ is returning at Churchill College, Cambridge, on Saturday 5 March, bringing together experts from variety of disciplines to explore how people living with chronic conditions can motivate themselves and use activity or sport to improve their health.

Presented in cooperation with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the mental health charity MIND, Moving Mountains 2016 will explore the theme ‘Making the Impossible Possible with Exercise’, and consider how to motivate those with mental or physical chronic health conditions, and encourage an ‘exercise habit’.

Where the inaugural conference in 2015 looked at the less obvious benefits of exercise and sport, and their impact upon the body and mind, this year will investigate how people cannot just live with a condition, but succeed in spite of it.

For the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, the conference forms part of its Activity Unlimited programme, helping people with cystic fibrosis find an activity they can enjoy that will improve their health and wellbeing, in combination with excellent clinical care and access to transformational treatments.

Paul Rymer, Head of Principal Involvement at the Trust, said: "Finding the time to exercise, understanding what to do and building the confidence to push yourself safely are all challenges faced by everyone but particularly those living with cystic fibrosis. An even bigger challenge is changing behaviour so that activity is an everyday fun part of life."

Among the speakers at the conference will be the former Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson, DBE, DL, Trust Chief Executive Ed Owen and Dr Jonathan King, who used exercise to take himself from languishing on the transplant list to last year taking part in a fundraising bike ride from London to Barcelona for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Find out more online or get in touch with Anny King or Shelley Surtees.

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