Active NAtion



What is Have A Word?

Have A Word is ACTIVE NATION’s campaign to understand what barriers real people have overcome to leading healthy active lives. By understanding these barriers we can then provide relevant resources that will hopefully inspire others to make small positive changes to their lives.

As a campaigning charity on a mission to persuade the nation to be active, we believe making positive lifestyle changes starts with a conversation. That conversation may be had with a health professional, a family member, friend or with ourselves but by talking about the challenges we face,  change becomes possible.

As we talk to more inspirational people and share their stories, we will continue to build up the available resources.



What's your excuse?

Many people face barriers to getting active. Select what challenges you most and we will help motivate you with real stories and sound advice on how to overcome them.

#HaveAWord - Real People - Real Stories

Meet Chris

  • Couch to 5k

Chris Bartlett, 33, is an electrician from Southampton who enjoys the NFL, Formula 1 and watching live bands perform. Chris’s story will resonate with many of us – Previously...

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Meet Harj

  • Working Mum

Harj, a 41 year old solicitor, moved to Southampton from Brighton with her husband and 2 1/2 year old son, a week before Dillon was born. Finding time to...

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Meet Mike

  • Mental Health

63 year old Mike Stoddart from Southampton has struggled with depression and comfort eating on and off for the last 30 years.

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Meet Nick

  • Weight loss

I decided to make the change after turning 30 years old and hitting the dreaded 300lbs mark, which would be fine if I was a heavyweight wrestler but I...

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Meet Ramona

  • Diabetes
  • Weight loss

We think you’ll agree that Ramona Mulligan, from Chorley, is a true inspiration and a fantastic ambassador for the Active Nation charity. Ramona shares her story below to inspire...

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Meet Julian

  • Mental health

Julian, 55, from London, had struggled on and off with depression for most of his adult life until one day a friend introduced him to cold water swimming.  

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Meet David

  • Mental Health

David Parker, 53,  is a veteran from Lincoln who suffers from PTSD. He truly believes that exercise saved his life.

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Feeling social?

The winner of BBC Get Inspired's Unsung Hero for 2018, #coach and founder of Newport Aces #Basketball Club Asa Wait…