Town ready to put best foot for­ward for health

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

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.

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