Fermanagh outdoor fitness challenge

Published: 14th August 2015

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has launched details of a new health and exercise initiative, ‘Outdoor Fitness Challenge Programme’ for the Fermanagh area.

The 12-week programme, which starts on Sunday 23 August 2015, has been funded under the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) Healthy Towns Programme. The programme will be delivered by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council coaches who will provide professional training, support and advice.

The ‘Outdoor Fitness Challenge’ programme is aimed primarily at people who are inactive and who find taking exercise difficult. The programme focuses on building up physical activity in a gradual and healthy way, and integrating it into an everyday routine.

The outdoor fitness challenge programme will use three Outdoor Gym facilities and recreation areas around County Fermanagh for physical activity sessions. Sessions will be delivered on Sundays in Enniskillen at the Round ‘O’ at 11 am, Derrygonnelly at 1 pm and Belcoo at 3 pm.

The programme will run for 12 weeks commencing on Sunday 23August 2015. Sessions will last an hour and a half.

Participants will be admitted to the programme only after completing a health screening assessment.

Speaking about the programme, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, highlighted the importance of physical activity and increased exercise, saying:

“Outdoor Gym facilities have been installed at many locations throughout the district and they are an excellent and convenient way of getting exercise and keeping fit, which is essential for health and well – being. This is an excellent programme to establish a habit of exercise, and I would encourage people to take part in it, and to make as much use as possible of the outdoor gym facilities which have been put in place.”

Brendan Bonner, Head of Health and Social Well – Being Improvement in the Western area of the PHA, said:

“Many of us do spend too much time sitting and don’t get enough physical activity. This programme is all about taking the first steps to get up and get active and making a positive change which can make a big difference to your health and wellbeing. Physical activity is very important in maintaining a healthy weight and can reduce the risk of many diseases including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, and colon cancer. Being active is also good for your mental health and can lift mood, reduce anxiety and help to protect against depression.”

Please download the booking form on the right and return it to Chris Elliott.

For further information about the ‘Outdoor Fitness Challenge programme’ contact Chris Elliott, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, by telephoning 0300 303 1777 or visit www.fermanaghomagh.com.

For helpful tips and advice on getting active please visit www.choosetolivebetter.com

 

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For further information and enquiries please contact Tracy Hunter, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council:

T: 0300 303 1777 E: tracy.hunter@fermanaghomagh.com

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Outdoor Fitness Challenge Application Form – Fermanagh area
100 KB | pdf | 19 Aug 2015

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