'Aerobic Marathon' to promote physical activity among people with mental disorder in Albox.

The Clinical Management Mental Health North Health District Almería, with the City of Albox, Territorial Delegation of Equality, Health and Social Policy and the Andalusian Foundation for Social Integration of Persons with Mental Illness (FAISEM) have organized today in the town's 'Aerobic Marathon'. This initiative is part of 'ActivArte' program, which seeks to promote healthy lifestyles among people with a mental disorder and to promote their social integration

The sporting event has taken place in the Plaza de San Francisco de Albox, with the participation of people with mental disorder, their families, and the health professionals who care for them. Through the 'Aerobic Marathon' is to break down barriers, sensitize the stigma that still supposed mental illness and promoting social relations and sport group.

This activity is program is part of Health Promotion 'ActivArte', an initiative aimed at patients suffering from severe mental disorder, and their families and their immediate environment, developed from the Northern Area Health Management of Almeria and FAISEM.

This program includes two basic lines of action. On the one hand, promoting physical activity through sport, hiking or group excursions, as a fundamental part of the organization of leisure and recreation in the community context. On the other, the promotion of social relations, involvement in the community, prevention of isolating and collecting opinions, suggestions and artistic expressions of people with severe mental illness by creating the blog "Mentarte".

Speaking of Severe Mental Illness (TMG) refers to a set of different pathologies, but have a number of common problems of disability caused by the disease. The impact of TMG, well understood, is huge in terms of the quality of life of those affected and their families.

People with a serious mental disorder are a particularly vulnerable population, to be associated with higher prevalence of somatic problems, higher mortality rates for certain diseases and lower life expectancy than the general population. Apart from preventive health actions, detection, intervention and monitoring of mental disorders, is of utmost importance to promote healthier lifestyles among these people

Nowadays, protecting and promoting physical health of people with severe mental disorder is considered a priority area of ​​intervention worldwide, both from an ethical point of view, as public health, as it affects the protection of fundamental rights of persons, as they relate to their possibilities of being and quality of life.