Finding the time, space and opportunities to be active as a family can be tricky – that’s why Family Mile aims to bring families together to make use of local, community spaces for fun ways to introduce physical activity.
A combination of unseasonably warm sunshine, open green space and high spirits equaled a great launch event over the Easter Weekend as we welcomed more than 50 people to the Arboretum in Nottingham for a family fun day.
Shift’s Anni Spicer explains what it’s all about:
“The aim of the day was to bring families together to make use of their local park and be more active whilst having fun and enjoying themselves. As well as sharing the Family Mile routes we’ve mapped out around Nottingham we had scavenger and Easter egg hunts, face-painting, family yoga and karate taster sessions as well as refreshments which were kindly donated by Asda in Hyson Green.
“The Scavenger Hunt in particular really captured what Family Mile is all about – exercise with all the fun and none of the boredom. Families returned their completed cards to collect their certificates and prizes, full of surprise at the distance they’d covered across the park. Whilst the record time was 30 minutes, most families took around an hour to unearth all the 12 items – the daily recommendation for physical activity reached or exceeded in the blink of an eye. With the added bonus of fresh air and the time to talk, laugh and connect with each other.
“There was a lot of excitement on the day especially about the face-painting. We had dinosaurs, butterflies and lots of tigers hunting for Easter eggs by the end of the afternoon. There were smiles and laughter throughout the morning which attracted other park users to get involved in the activities.
“Another popular part of the day was the frisbees which were given out as a prize for completing the scavenger hunt. I got involved in the game of frisbee myself but was very quickly out skilled by our superstar scavenger hunters who kindly offered me frisbee throwing lessons after. It was great to see so many families getting active together, having fun and socialising in such a lovely green space of Nottingham which could be used like this more often.
“Families left the event telling us they wouldn’t usually come out and get that much exercise on a Saturday morning.
What’s next for Family Mile?
“Going forwards Family Mile will be expanding across Derbyshire but currently in Nottingham we’re focusing on teaming up with other local organisations to advertise the routes we’ve mapped out across The Arboretum area.
“We have three guided routes to start off with and are encouraging families to complete the walks regularly and together, similar to how they did at the launch event.
“When completing the walks we’d love families to post pictures with #familymile to Instagram or the @familymile facebook page and we’ll pick the best one to receive a prize. This will also allow people to share their stories of getting more active together.”