Buchan Feeling Good Festival to return

The MACBI fun run annually attracts runners and joggers of all ages and abilities
The MACBI fun run annually attracts runners and joggers of all ages and abilities

Thanks to a successful run last year, the Buchan Feeling Good Festival is set to return in March.

Last year, the festival aimed to promote mental and physical well-being by showing people all of the different ways and how to feel better in their community.

This year it hopes to do the same while also promoting healthy eating and exercise.

Public health co-ordinator for the Buchan Area, Calvin Little, told the Buchanie: “The festival was set up to raise awareness and promote the postive things that are available in communities to improve health.

“The biggest health challenges facing the NHS are obesity and mental health issues, so the festival will aim to promote ways to improve these though events that currently take place within local communities.”

The festival will take place between Friday, March 8 and Sunday, March 17 and anyone can take part.

Calvin explained: “We have had interest from New Pitsligo, Mintlaw, Boddam and Peterhead. Organisations and schools have become involved - we even have nurseries and organisations for older people on board.

“It is a great chance for organisations or individuals who have always meant to do something to take the opportunity to finally do it for example a fun run or an organsied walk.”

The festival has already established links with local events including the Aden Cycle Challenge and the MACBI annual fun run. Community nurses from Peterhead and Mintlaw have organised health fayres and Peterhead Projects have created taster events to encourage people to go out and try something new.

The festival will welcome the creation of new groups and events but Calvin says this doesn’t have to be the case: “Community planning groups will be set up to promote well-being but the festival is here to celebrate what happens in communities already and to hopefully get more people to become health champions by taking part and joining in.”

The festival was created as a partnership - it is the subject of Community Planning Groups and Buchan Health Promotion Group which supports health and well-being in communities.

Calvin added: “People will feel the benefit of taking part and by eating healthily and keeping active, it will cure the poor health burden on the NHS.”