Town ready to put best foot forward for health
WEXFORD’S HEALTHY Town campaign will kick off with a community walk this Friday, led by Wexford hurler Lee Chin.
The walk will leave from Wexford Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre and last approximately 40 minutes. It is open to all ages and everyone in the locality is encouraged to get involved in what will be the first event of the Pfizer Healthy Town initiative.
This year’s programme was launched in Wexford County Council last week, with the Mayor of Wexford Borough District, Cllr Tony Dempsey, and Cllr John Hegarty addressing the crowd, which included TD James Browne, members of Wexford County Council and representatives from local health-related clubs, groups and businesses who had contributed to this year’s programme.
The full events schedule, along with the official Wexford Town Healthy Town map – an illustrated map highlighting some of the health and well-being resources available in Wexford Town – was also revealed at the event.
As part of the programme, the people of Wexford town are invited to participate in a range of free events and seminars which will cover the areas of heart, mind, body and nutrition.
They will run throughout September and October and aim to encourage people to make simple, small changes to their lifestyle to benefit their overall health and well-being.
Other events scheduled are: a free Chi running workshop with Mary Jennings on Thursday, September 20 in St Joseph’s Community Centre at 6.30 p.m.; a free mental health workshop with Irish author and medic Dr Harry Barry on Wednesday, October 10 in Clayton White’s Hotel at 7.30 p.m.; and a free cookery demonstration with celebrity chef Catherine Fulvio and the Irish Heart Foundation on Wednesday, October 24 in the Riverbank House Hotel at 6.30 p.m.
All events are listed on the Wexford Healthy Town Facebook page.
Commenting on the programme and Friday’s walk, Healthy Town Ambassador Lee Chin said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for Wexford Town to showcase the huge variety of health and well-being services available to everyone in the community. 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 hope the people of Wexford Town will take that first step and join me on the community walk to celebrate the launch of Healthy Town 2018.’
Paul Reid, Managing Director of Pfizer Ireland said: ‘We are delighted to officially launch the Pfizer Healthy Town programme in Wexford Town. With the help of the community and local health-related clubs, groups and businesses, we have compiled a fantastic programme of events covering the areas of mind, body, heart and nutrition. Over the next eight-weeks, we encourage the people of Wexford Town to get involved and take small steps to make improvements to their lifestyle by taking advantage of the local resources available in the community. We hope the various initiatives and events being organised will appeal to both families and individuals so that together, we can make Wexford Town a healthier and more active town.’
Janis Murphy of the Irish Hearth Foundation; Paul Reid, MD, Pfizer Health; Cllr Tony Dempsey, Mayor of Wexford; and Cllr John Hegarty who spoke on behalf of teachers and students.
At the launch: Cllr Lisa McDonald, Gaye Murphy, Bernie Stone, Jayne O’Sullivan, Mary Walsh, Gill Wilde and Imelda Lawlor.