Moving Mountains

An annual national conference exploring the less obvious benefits of exercise and sport upon the body and the mind including the positive implications for chronic disease sufferers.

Moving Mountains

An annual national conference exploring the less obvious benefits of exercise and sport upon the body and the mind including the positive implications for chronic disease sufferers.

About

Moving Mountains is a national conference in cooperation with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the mental health charity, MIND, which explores the less obvious benefits of being physically active whilst managing a chronic health condition. 

The conference explores ways of helping chronic diseases sufferers motivate themselves and start exercising or playing sport to improve their conditions. It also looks at how to motivate the mentally ill, how to encourage those with chronic conditions, how to help them build an ‘exercise habit’, in other words how to incorporate exercise into a busy life.

The 2015 conference looked at the correlation between mental health and exercise. In 2016 it focused on motivation with Baroness Tanni as its keynote speaker alongside a host of other contributors including Scarlett McNally (Author: Exercise the Miracle Cure, 2015) and Zoe Margolis — The Girl with the One Track Mind.

Moving Mountains has the three following objectives:

  1. To appreciate the value of patient-specific goal setting with respect to expectations and quality of life.
  2. To understand the value physical exercises can have on improving outcomes for people with both mental and physical chronic illnesses.
  3. To feel confident in incorporating exercise as early as possible in the management of chronic diseases in order to create a philosophy of pre-habilitation rather than rehabilitation.

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Cystic Fibrosis Trust MIND logo FSEM logo BAsem logo USEMS

Keynote speaker

Tanni Grey-Thompson

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson — Britain’s Greatest Paralympian

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson competed in five Paralympic Games, winning 11 Gold Medals, and is acknowledged as one of the most gifted and courageous sportswomen of her generation. In addition to her outstanding Paralympic achievements, between 1992 and 2002 she won the London Wheelchair Marathon six times.

Since retirement Tanni has become an influential voice in sport administration, politics and society. She is Chair of ukactive, President of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Chancellor of Northumbria University, a UNICEF ambassador and a Transport for London board member. In 2010 she was elevated to the cross benches of the House of Lords and with a special interest in youth, health, sport and disability has made significant contributions to debates on welfare reform, sports governance and assisted dying.

2016 Speakers

Dr Johan Byran — GP & specialty doctor in Palliative Medicine

Johan suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis and yet is a Marathoner, Ultra-marathoner & Ironman.

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Ben Coumbe — Churchill alumnus & Medical Student at UCL

An alumnus of Churchill College, now studying medicine at UCL, Ben will introduce Zoe Margolis.

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Chair: Dr Adrian Crisp — Emeritus Consultant in Rheumatology and Metabolic Bone Disease

Dr Adrian Crisp will Chair the Moving Mountains conference. Adrian is a Fellow of Churchill College.

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Paul Farmer — CEO of MIND

Paul Farmer has been Chief Executive of Mind, the leading mental health charity working in England and Wales, since May 2006.

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Baroness Tanni Grey‐Thompson

Having competed in five Paralympic Games, winning 11 Gold Medals, Tanni is Britain's most successful paralympian.

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Becky Horsbrugh — TV Journalist

Becky is a television journalist, currently working at the news agency Associated Press TV specialising in Asia news. She has been in the industry for close to 25 years now ...

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Dr Jonathan King — CMT, St Mary's Hospital

Since being diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 9, Jon had a clear ambition to become a doctor and work full time ‘just like everyone else’.

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Dr Lid King

Director of the Centre for Information and Language Teaching (CILT) and former National Director for Languages.

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Zoe Margolis — Author and Journalist

Zoe is a frequent contributor to The Guardian and Observer — also known as Abby Lee or ‘The Girl with the One Track Mind’

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Scarlett McNally — Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

Scarlett is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon and author of the report ‘Exercise the Miracle Cure’ (2015)

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Ed Owen — CEO of Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Ed Owen joined the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in May 2012. He set up Apex Communications in 2005 and oversaw its merger with Maitland in 2011.

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Professor Ken Siddle — Vice-Master, Churchill College

Ken Siddle's main field of research is the biochemistry of insulin and insulin-like growth factors, including their receptors and intracellular signalling pathways and the dys-regulation of their actions in ...

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Dane Vishnubala — Registrar & University Lecturer

Dane has been working in the health and fitness industry since 2002 as an exercise specialist and over the last 12 years has worked with a range of clients. 

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Professor Craig Williams — Professor of Paediatric Physiology and Health University of Exeter

Director of the Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre (CHERC) and Research in Sport and Health Sciences. 

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Contact

If you would like to get involved or have a question about this event, please contact Shelley Surtees.

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Contact

If you would like to get involved or have a question about this event, please contact Shelley Surtees.

Email Shelley Press Release

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