STAFF based at Healthy Prestatyn Iach have joined up with a nearby Parkrun to help improve patients' wellbeing.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) healthcare workers at the practice have been sharing information about Bodelwyddan Parkrun with patients who could benefit from taking part.

The events are free and involve a 5km timed run.

The runs are organised by volunteers and are aimed at people of all athletic abilities.

Participants can run, jog or walk the course and there is an emphasis on socialising and getting active.

Alexis Conn, one of the Occupational Therapists based at Healthy Prestatyn Iach, said: “A few of us have been taking part in the Parkrun for a while, and we’re now trying to tell our patients about how it can benefit them too

“It’s part of our wider efforts to share with patients classes, events and activities in the local area which would have a positive impact on their wellbeing.

“Obviously taking part, whether running it or just walking, has the health benefits associated with exercise.

“But it’s the social aspect of Parkruns which is also really beneficial – taking part can have a really positive impact on participants’ mental health, and help tackle isolation and loneliness."

As well as encouraging patients to take part in the Parkrun, the practice is also sharing information about other activities in the community which could help patients.

Activities include art and dance groups, contributing to community allotments and environmental groups, bereavement support, exercise classes, walking and cycling groups.

Alexis added: “Just having that routine of taking part in a weekly class or joining a local group really does make a huge difference to our overall mental and physical health.”

Glan Clwyd Hospital recently teamed up with Bodelwyddan Parkrun as part of a similar initiative.