rating button
Physical Activity Webinar Series | Active at home | Birmingham City Council

Physical Activity Webinar Series

COVID-19 has caused high levels of inactivity, health concerns and Long COVID. Being physically active in these current times has never been more important.

This series of webinars will discuss:

  • the importance of physical activity and how everyone can benefit from it.
  • how physical activity can involve many different activities and that there is something that potentially suits everyone.

This series is aimed at anyone who encourages people to be physically active and/or is interested in learning more about the benefits of physical activity.

Physical Activity Webinar Series

To book, please go to Eventbrite

All webinars run from: 12:30pm to 1:30pm

24 February - Introduction to Physical Webinar Series
3 March - Techniques to engage people with Physical Activity
10 March - Pregnancy and Early Childhood
17 March - Physical Activity in Older Children and Young Adults
24 March - Physical Activity in Older Adults
31 March - Mental Health
7 April - The Physical and Mental benefits of engaging with Blue and Green Spaces throughout Birmingham
14 April - Physical activity in regards to Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes
21 April - Physical activity in People with Disabilities
28 April - Physical activity in People with Chronic Pain and Rheumatological conditions
5 May - The Final Webinar

Recordings of passed webinars can still be watched after the event.


Read more about the Physical Activity Webinar Series

1. Introduction to Physical Webinar Series

24 February 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Speakers

  • Dr Justin Varney- Director of Public Health, Birmingham City Council
  • Dr James Burgess- Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar and GP
  • Dr Jo Robbins- Consultant in Public Health. West Midlands Social Prescribing Network.
  • Stephen O’Halloran, Practice Manager, Omnia Practice

Webinar details

COVID-19 has caused high levels of inactivity, health concerns and Long COVID. Being physical active in these current times has never been more important

We will discuss the importance of physical activity and how everyone can benefit from it.

We will look at how physical activity can involve many different activities and that there is something that potentially suits everyone.

We will provide an overview of social prescribing and how it can be used to engage people with physical activity.

To book, please go to Eventbrite


2. Techniques to engage people with physical activity

3 March 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Speakers

  • Dr Kim Gregory, Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • Chad Boden and Sally Formon, Health and Fitness Advisors working in the Be Active Plus Programme

Webinar details

We will look at how motivational interviewing and use of SMART goals can help to engage people with physical activity. Also focus on the range of different online resources that can be utilised

We will focus on the 12-week exercise on prescription programme, Be Active Plus. We will gain a perspective on who can be referred to this and the benefits it can bring to people with different physical and mental health conditions.

We will gain a practical perspective on how social prescribing can be used to direct people into physical activity.

To book, please go to Eventbrite


3. Pregnancy and Early Childhood

10 March 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Speakers

  • James Grinstead, Senior Partnerships Manager (Young People), Sport Birmingham.
  • Dr Marlize DeVivo, Co-Director - Perinatal Physical Activity Research Group (PPARG) Canterbury Christ Church University.

Webinar details

Benefits of physical activity in pregnancy

Mum Moves. We will explore how this website can be used to encourage physical activity.

We will look at the physical activity opportunities available to young children in schools.

We also look beyond this and at how educating parents to be physically active with their children can be potentially impactful.

We also look at the various online methods that have used (particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic) to engage young children with physical activity.

To book, please go to Eventbrite


4. Physical Activity in Older Children and Young Adults

17 March 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Speakers

  • Mark Jeffreys, Director of Sport and Physical Activity, Birmingham City University
  • Birmingham Scout Movement

Webinar details

We will learn about the benefits of physical activity in older adults

Learnt about how the scout movement is encouraging physical activity in children of all ages.

Learn about how Birmingham City University is encouraging young adults into physical activity.

This will explore the range of different methods and innovative approach that is being used.

To book, please go to Eventbrite


5. Physical Activity in Older Adults

24 March 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Speakers

  • Matt Inniss, CEO and Founder, Fitness.
  • Birmingham Settlement and Ageing Well Programme.
  • Jodie Stus and colleague, Dance to Health

Webinar details

We will look at the innovative work being done in Birmingham, in regards to physical activity in older people. We will also discuss the potential for providers to build on links with social prescribing.

We also learn about other physical activity opportunities for older adults in Birmingham.

To book, please go to Eventbrite


6. Mental Health

31 March 12:30pm to 1:30pm

  • Birmingham MIND
  • Better Happy- Mike Jones + Changes UK (Digbeth based substance misuse charity)
  • Ryan Hollings, Health and Wellbeing Manager, Aston Villa Foundation

Webinar details

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the mental health of the population. We will look at how physical activity can help improve mental health.

We will look at the approach of Better Happy, Aston Villa Foundation and Birmingham Mind in regard to improving mental health by promoting physical activity and wellbeing.

Better Happy will highlight the work they have done in partnership with Changes UK in Digbeth.

To book, please go to Eventbrite


7. The Physical and Mental Benefits of engaging with Blue and Green Spaces throughout Birmingham

7 April 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Speakers

  • Hamira Sultan, Futures Parks Accelerator Director, Consultant in Public Health, Birmingham City Council.
  • BOSF.
  • Gavin Passmore, Community Engagement Manager, West Midlands, Canal and River Trust
  • Ian Lane, Head of Operational Projects, West Midlands, Canal and River Trust.

Webinar details

We will look at some of the physical opportunities available in the green spaces throughout Birmingham and the potential links to social prescribing.

We will look at the work the Canal and River Trust is doing to encourage use of the canals in Birmingham. A focus will be on the exciting potential physical activity opportunities centred around canals in the near future.

To book, please go to Eventbrite


8. Physical activity in regards to Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes

14 April 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Speakers

  • Dr Parth Narendran- Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology, UHB- EXTOD and Type 1 Diabetes.
  • Dr Ewan Hamnett- Retired GP and former board member of UK Active
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Team, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Kyle Stott

Webinar details

We will look at the benefits of physical activity in people with cardiovascular conditions and diabetes.

We will specifically look at the work being done to encourage physical activity in patients with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. We will look at the EXTOD website and how this can help these patients.

We will look at a major project in Birmingham which is being supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies. This project aims to increase levels of physical activity in areas of the city, with high levels of Cardiovascular disease and Diabetes.

To book, please go to Eventbrite


9. Physical Activity in People with Disabilities

21 April 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Speakers

  • Dr Kim Gregory, Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Phil Reeves, Midlands Sailing Club
  • Midland Mencap

Webinar details

Dr Gregory has extensive experience in working with disability athletes and will provide an overview of disability sport and its benefits.

We will look at the work being done in Birmingham to encourage physical activity in people with different disabilities.

To book, please go to Eventbrite


10. Physical Activity in People with Chronic Pain and Rheumatological conditions

28 April 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Speakers

  • Dr Graeme Brown, Back to Life Programme. Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham.
  • Dr Alison Sabine, Consultant Rheumatologist, UHB and SDS MyHealthcare
  • Ashleigh Ahlquist. Versus Arthritis Physical Activity Programme.

Webinar details

Benefits associated with physical activity in patients with MSK conditions and chronic pain.

We will discuss how the Back to Life Programme is benefiting patients with persistent pain.

Dr Alison Sabine will discuss how an holistic approach (including physical activity) can help patients with MSK conditions.

Ashleigh Ahlquist will discuss the support that Versus Arthritis can provide patients with MSK conditions and pain issues.

To book, please go to Eventbrite


11. The Final Webinar

Looking to the future

5 May 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Summary of the key points from the Webinar series. Interactive discussion regarding gaps or challenges and how Birmingham can move forward.

Speakers

  • Dr James Burgess, Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar and GP Facilitator

Webinar details

There will be 4 key themes

  • Conception to Young Adult(Developmental)
  • Older Adults
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health Conditions

Each theme will cover the:

  • key points from all the webinars will be highlighted.
  • gaps and challenges will be discussed, including ways to support community leaders.
  • way forward will be discussed

There will be plenty of opportunity to share your views throughout the webinar.  

To book, please go to Eventbrite