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We are now a parkrun practice!

For those of you who have not heard of parkrun, it is a 5km run that takes place in parks all over the country, every Saturday at 9am. www.parkrun.org.uk

parkrun UK has launched a new ‘parkrun practice’ initiative with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). Under this initiative, GP practices across the UK are encouraged to develop close links with their local parkrun and to prescribe participation.

The Nuffield Practice has signed up to this scheme and we are now a parkrun practice. We will be actively encouraging our patients to participate; you do not have to be a runner to take part; you can walk and you can take along dogs, children and pushchairs. You only need to register once at www.parkrun.org.uk/register

Look out for members of the Nuffield Practice; we will be wearing light blue bibs with ‘Nuffield Practice rep’ on the back. Come and say hello; ask questions, or ask us to run or walk with you.

parkrun say that taking part can benefit health and wellbeing through increased physical activity, skill development, friendships and socialisation, mutual support and personal empowerment. The events are all run by volunteers and studies have shown that volunteering itself can decrease rates of depression, reduce social isolation and improve self-esteem.

Come along and join in the fun! The Witney parkrun starts at the West Witney Sports and Social Club on Burford Road. Parking is available.

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