Active Minds Evaluation Report

We have recently completed a comprehensive review of the first four years of our Active Mind Service. The report summarises what the project is about and how we measured the results.

We found that accessing the Active Minds service led to a significant reduction in people’s weight and BMI. It led to an improved score on the WEMWS (Warwick Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale), which shows that it had a positive impact on people’s wellbeing. The service also had a significant impact on activity levels: a reduction in time spent sitting down, and an increase in both moderate (aerobics and gym based activity) and vigorous activity levels (eg football, running), the latter two being maintained at 3 month follow up. 

Case studies and anecdotal reports from service users show that accessing Active Minds led to an improvement in confidence, self-esteem, as well as employment and volunteering opportunities. It also provided an opportunity for people to increase their social networks, reducing isolation and feelings of loneliness.

Independent research into the boxercise programme has demonstrated positive physical and psychological benefits. Qualitative studies found that the unique ‘power’ (boxing) component of the class to be of particular benefit. Furthermore, the research was also able to demonstrate the positive effects of taking part in the Cook and Taste group.

To read the full report, please click here.

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