Call to get involved in the Step Challenge

Published: 5th May 2017

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 new Step Challenge.

The aim of the free 12-week programme is to encourage people to make positive changes to their lifestyle by getting active through taking more steps every day which they can monitor using their free step pedometer.

To help participants reach their goals, weekly organised walks led by fully qualified walk leaders will commence at the following venues at the dates and times indicated:

Wednesday 3 May 2017 Gillygooley Hall, Omagh 7.30 pm

Thursday 4 May 2017 Old Mill Car Park, Drumquin 5.30 pm

Tuesday 9 May 2017 Omagh Leisure Complex 5.30 pm

Tuesday 9 May 2017 Fermanagh Lakeland Forum 7.00 pm

Thursday 11 May 2017 Castle Park Leisure Centre, Lisnaskea 7.00 pm

Thursday 11 May 2017 Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown 7.30 pm

Please note places on the programme are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Participants who register for the event will be presented with a “Choose To Live Better” hooded top on the first session of each programme.

Speaking about the upcoming 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”.

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For further information regarding the Step Challenge and to register please contact Ryan Hanna, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, 0300 303 1777 or visit the relevant section of the Council’s website.

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