New programme to help women get active

Published: 26th August 2016

A new initiative designed to help women, who take little or no exercise, to get active has been launched by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

The free 12 week health and exercise programme, which is funded by the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) Healthy Towns programme, will take place at the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen and Hospital Road Community Centre, Omagh this autumn.

Starting at 7.00 pm on Thursday 8 September 2016 in Enniskillen and Monday 12 September 2016 in Omagh, the programme will involve weekly cardio circuit sessions to help participants build up physical activity in a gradual and healthy way.

Speaking about the forthcoming programme, Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity, stressed the importance of leading an active lifestyle, saying:

“Leading an active lifestyle is good for the body and the mind. Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is pleased to work in partnership once again with the PHA to create these opportunities for women to get active more often and enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle.”

Collette 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 an activity that you enjoy but might not have done in a number of years, or to try something new.

“It’s important to stay active right throughout our lives, as being physically active 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 women’s activity programme are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Participants must be aged 18 and over and will be required to complete a pre-exercise questionnaire.

For further information and to download a registration form, visit the Council’s website.  Alternatively contact Chris Elliott, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777 or email chris.elliott@fermanaghomagh.com.

For tips on getting active, making healthier food choices and advice on setting yourself targets, visit www.choosetolivebetter.com

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