Your best foot for­ward as part of Healthy Town

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

WEX­FORD TOWN has been named as the Pfizer Healthy Town for 2018.

Now in its sev­enth year, the Pfizer Healthy Town ini­tia­tive is an eight-week pub­lic pro­gramme aimed at en­hanc­ing the health and well­be­ing of com­mu­ni­ties across Ire­land.

Healthy Town 2018 will pro­vide the peo­ple of Wex­ford town with tools and ad­vice to im­prove their health and well­be­ing through free events, in­for­ma­tion sem­i­nars and prac­ti­cal work­shops. The pro­gramme calls on ev­ery­one to make sim­ple, small changes in the ar­eas of ‘heart’, ‘body’ and ‘nu­tri­tion’.

The pro­gramme also pro­vides lo­cal clubs, groups, and busi­nesses, with an op­por­tu­nity to be pro­filed on the ‘Healthy Town Hub’ – an il­lus­trated map of Wex­ford show­ca­se­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions in the town that of­fer re­lated ser­vices.

A sur­vey car­ried out in the town in May showed that while 75% of peo­ple felt a healthy life­style was im­por­tant, only 36% said they felt knowl­edge­able about health and well­be­ing.

Wex­ford hurler and am­bas­sador for Healthy Town 2018 Lee Chin said: ‘This is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for Wex­ford Town to show­case the huge va­ri­ety of health and well­be­ing ser­vices avail­able to ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity.’

He added: ‘Keep­ing fit and healthy is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant to me as part of my daily rou­tine, and I know it can be a chal­lenge to take the first step to­wards a health­ier you. I en­cour­age ev­ery­one in Wex­ford Town and be­yond to get in­volved in this year’s pro­gramme of events – whether it’s at­tend­ing a health sem­i­nar or par­tic­i­pat­ing in a walk­ing group – one step at a time will make all the dif­fer­ence.’

Healthy Town will run over an eight-week pe­riod dur­ing Septem­ber-Oc­to­ber and the pro­gramme in­cludes pub­lic in­for­ma­tion meet­ings; walks/runs; nu­tri­tion ad­vice and more.

Paul Reid of Pfizer, Wex­ford hurler Lee Chin and Min­is­ter of State for Health Pro­mo­tion Cather­ine Byrne.

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