Just be Active 2019 – encouraging long lasting health and well-being

For the second year running, and as part of our commitment to health and well-being, we have encouraged our staff to make a pledge to be more active throughout the month of July.

This is our ‘Just be Active’ initiative to encourage physical health and mental well-being at JBA.  We asked as many people as possible to make a simple pledge – something activity related that they can achieve and sustain in a month. There was no stipulation on what could or could not be included, provided it got the heart beating a little faster. Most of all, we wanted it to be fun.

“Another summer of jogging, running, walking, and swimming, steps, lengths, push-ups, and lifts, yoga, aerobics, sports, and classes, fun-days, sports-days, taster-days and adventure-days, comes to a close. From the sublime – like push-ups per email – to the ridiculous – like lunchtime hot yoga!! – the level of participation in Just Be Active 2019 has been inspiring, has been fun and it is hoped has motivated our colleagues to be more active.”

Marc Pinnell, JBA Consulting Managing Director

And the winners are……

Our Exeter office are the worthy winners this year, completing the highest percentage of pledges and earning £1000 to donate to a local health or mental health charity of their choice. The Exeter team has also received some money to encourage further physical activity at the office.

“We would like to use the group money for two yoga or pilates sessions at a local studio.”

During July the Exeter team enjoyed a range of activities including badminton, walking to work every day, trying new gym classes, paddle boarding, cycling, running club and climbing the combined height of the Eiffel Tower and the Shard (609m) on rock walls or indoor walls.

Exeter office Just be Active
Exeter go Active!

The Exeter team have chosen to donate to three local charities:

Devon Wildlife Trust

“Our vision is for a Devon that is rich in all wildlife, where people enjoy and care about the natural world and take steps to safeguard it for the future. We want to create safe havens in which wildlife can thrive and from which it can spread.”               Find out more about Devon Wildlife Trust.

Young Devon

“Young Devon has been supporting young people since 1949 and has grown steadily to become one of Devon’s most successful young people’s charities. Over 70 years Young Devon has developed an expertise so that, through effective support, the charity can transform the lives of young people, providing critical support at a time when young people need it most. Young Devon’s team of more than 250 staff, volunteers and hosts ensure that each week 150 young people receive accommodation and homelessness support; 100 young people improve their mental health and 60 young people, who are victims of crime, receive mentoring support to deal with the trauma of crime. Our skills team support 140 young people to access employment and training.”      Find out more about Young Devon.


“Anyone can hit crisis point. We run a free and confidential helpline and webchat – 7 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems. We support those bereaved by suicide through the Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP).”   Find out more about CALM.

Want to know more?

Thank you to everyone across JBA who took part this year and we hope that you’ll keep your new activities going!

Email Phil Emonson for more information about our Just be Active initiative.  You can also take a look at our Staff News on our website to find out more about the people at JBA.

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