Call to get involved in the Step Challenge

Published: 10th January 2017

How many steps do you take each day?

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, in partnership with the Public Health Agency (PHA), is encouraging people who take little or no exercise to sign up to its Step Challenge.

The free 12-week programme, which aims to help people make positive changes by getting active, encourages participants to take more steps every day which they can monitor using their free step pedometer.

To help participants reach their goals, weekly organised walks will take place, starting from each of the Council’s leisure centres in Enniskillen, Omagh, Irvinestown and Lisnaskea. All walks will be led by fully qualified walk leaders.

Speaking about the forthcoming programme, Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity, said;

“Taking the first steps to getting active is often the hardest. Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is delighted to be involved in the Step Challenge, in partnership with the PHA, to help residents lead a more active lifestyle with support provided by qualified walk leaders and mobile technology.”

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

“By using a pedometer to measure the steps we take, we can see what our current step count is and track how we can improve it over time. This can be done by simply building extra activity into our everyday lives, such as going for a walk with the dog, getting off the bus one stop early, or walking instead of driving to the shops.

Research has shown that setting yourself a target and using a pedometer to track your progress can significantly increase levels of physical activity.

Walking groups can also be a good way to get started and it’s also a great way to make friends who can keep you motivated. Walking is one the simplest forms of activity and being more active can reduce blood pressure and improve mental health.

Getting more active, and cutting out those little extras that we don’t need to eat, can help us manage our weight and improve our health”.

For information and advice, visit www.choosetolivebetter.com

Please note places on the Step Challenge programme are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Organised weekly walks, lasting for one hour, will start at the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown, on Thursday 12 January 2017 at 8 pm; Omagh Leisure Complex on Friday 13 January 2017 at 1 pm; Castle Park Leisure Centre, Lisnaskea, on Friday 13 January 2017 at 7.30 pm and Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen, on Saturday 14 January 2017 at 10.30 am.

For further information regarding the Step Challenge and to register please contact Chris Elliott, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777 (calls charged at local rate) or visit http://www.fermanaghomagh.com/residential-services/leisure/step-challenge-walking-programme/

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