Chairman launches Outdoor Fitness Challenge

Published: 31st July 2015

31 July 2015

Outdoor Fitness Challenge programme

 

Fermanagh & Omagh District Council, today launched a new health and exercise

initiative, ‘Outdoor Fitness Challenge Programme’.

The 12-week programme has been funded under the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) West Healthy Towns Programme, and will be delivered by Fermanagh & 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 be using 3 Outdoor Gym facilities and recreation areas around Omagh for physical activity sessions. The venues are:

 

The Grange Park (Mountjoy Road) – Starts: Monday 3rd Aug – 26th Oct @ 7pm

Todd’s Field (Tamlaght Road)        -Starts: Wednesday 5th Aug – 21st Oct @ 7pm

CKS Centre (O’ Kane Park)            -Starts: Thursday 6th Aug – 22nd Oct @ 7pm

 

The programme will run for 12 weeks commencing on Monday 3 August. Sessions at each of the venues will be held on the same day each week and will last 1 hour.

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

Speaking a the launch of the programme the 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 wellbeing. 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”.

Colette Brolly, the PHA Lead on Physical Activity, 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.”

 

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For further information please contact Elizabeth Harkin, tel: 0300 303 1777 or

email: Elizabeth.harkin@fermanaghomagh.com

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