New programme to help women get active

Published: 11th January 2016

A new health and exercise initiative designed to help women get active has been launched by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

The 12 week programme, which has been funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA) as part of its Healthy Towns West Programme, is aimed at women aged 18 years and over who take little or no exercise.

Starting on Thursday 21 January 2016 at Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen, the programme will involve participants taking part in two exercise sessions per week including a cardio circuit session at the Forum on Thursdays from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm and a swim during normal pool opening hours.

Speaking about the forthcoming programme, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, said:

“Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is delighted to work in partnership with the PHA to deliver this programme for women.

Leading an active lifestyle is vital for physical health, mental health and wellbeing. I encourage prospective participants to give a friend, neighbour or family member a call and encourage them to sign up to this potentially life changing opportunity.”

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 physical 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 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. Participation on the programme is free of charge.

For further information and to download a registration form, visit the relevant section on 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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