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Badminton and aerobics were offered to people with a mental health conditon by City of York Council as part of a national, week-long campaign.

The physical activity afternoon at The Retreat, York's independent specialist mental health care provider, aimed to promote exercise and sports, and their therapeutic effects as well as reducing the stigma associated with mental illness.

Katie Ellis, exercise pathways officer at the council, said: "Exercise is proven to reduce stress and enhance mood.  The week of activities will provide people with the opportunity to experience how physical activity can improve their mental wellbeing, as well as being lots of fun"