The fourth annual MAD World Summit returned to Central London on 21 October. MAD stands for Make A Difference and there was certainly a spirit of positivity and enthusiasm in the air. Safety Management attended to report on what’s new in the word of wellbeing and mental health.

The growth of wellness apps and offerings has been explosive, yet, according to sports equipment firm, ASICS, most of these programmes are not scientifically proven. Working with 200 volunteers, ASICS explored how taking a half hour movement break could make a ‘clinically meaningful difference to people’s wellbeing’.

Devised with Professor Brendon Stubbs at King’s College London, participants took part in 30-minute sessions over eight weeks, which involved activities such as running, walking, breathwork and meditation. The Movement for Mind programme, which is now launched and free to all, succeeded in reducing daily sedentary time by an hour. It also helped improve people’s mood and ability to manage anxiety levels better.

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