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University Launches Brit Challenge 2023

23 Jan 2023 4:00PM

Staff and students at the University of Suffolk are once again joining in with a national challenge to promote physical and mental wellbeing and are inviting the community to get involved too.

The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) supports young adult mental health and fitness, and the university will be focusing on how physical activity can promote good mental health.

Ipswich Mayor, Councillor John Cook was at the launch on Monday 23 January and was challenged to a table tennis match by the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Helen Langton.

A public community wellness walk will take place every Thursday for the duration of the eight-week challenge from 26 January at 12.30pm from the Cult Bar on the Waterfront to the Dance East building and back which is approximately a mile.

People are invited to turn up and enjoy the walk (no booking required) and dogs are welcome too.

During the challenge, staff and students will be notching up miles on exercise bikes again in the Waterfront building foyer following the success of last year’s challenge when they cycled 2022 miles.

Also in the Waterfront reception area for the duration of the challenge there will be information from mental health charity Suffolk MIND and a “Wall” where people are encouraged to leave motivational messages about how physical fitness helps their mental health, in the hope of inspiring others.

University of Suffolk Vice-Chancellor, Professor Helen Langton said: “The British Inspiration Trust supports young adult mental health and fitness so it is more than appropriate that the University of Suffolk joins in with Brit Challenge."

Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor John Cook said people can get pleasure from sport and exercise whatever their level of fitness and that it is “good for the mind and good for the body”.

Sam Last, Student Life Adviser at the University of Suffolk who has organised the university’s involvement in this year’s challenge said: “The British Inspiration Trust are an amazing organisation that look at supporting and improving young adult mental health and fitness through their yearly BRIT Challenge.

“After the university was successful in completing the 2022-mile challenge last year we’re hoping for another success in 2023 focusing on the importance of physical health on good mental health.”

For more information about Brit Challenge 2023 go to The BRIT Challenge | Home




University of Suffolk Press Office