Programme to help men get active

Published: 30th August 2017

A new programme to help men aged 30 and over, to take their first steps to a more active lifestyle will take place in the Fermanagh and Omagh district commencing September 2017.

The free 12 week multi – activity programme, funded by the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) Healthy Towns programme and co-ordinated by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, is designedspecifically for men aged 30 and over who take little or no exercise.

The programme which will take the form of 1 hr sessions will take place at Omagh Leisure Complex commencing on Wednesday 6 September 2017 at 8pm and Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen commencing on Thursday 7 September 2017 at 6pm.

Speaking about the programme, the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Stephen McCann, said:

“The men’s activity programme is a great way for friends and neighbours to get together and have some fun while improving their health and well-being.

The Council is pleased to work in partnership with the PHA on this programme to help encourage some of our male residents to take their first steps to improved fitness and well-being.”

Colette Brolly, the PHA lead on physical activity, said:

“A great way to get active is to do something you like and that’s why this programme is so fantastic as you have the opportunity to take part in sports that you enjoy but might not have done in a number of years, or to try something new.

With 65% of men here overweight or obese, it’s important to recognise the signs of having excess weight and take positive steps to address it. Staying active throughout our lives can have the positive benefits of helping maintain your weight, reduce the risk of developing chronic conditions including some cancers and Type 2 diabetes, as well as reduce anxiety and stress.”

Places on the programme are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. All participants will be required to complete a pre-exercise questionnaire.

For further information and to register please click here. Alternatively contact Chris Elliott, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777 (all calls charged at local rate) or by email at chris.elliott@fermanaghomagh.com.

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