Programme to help men get active

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Published: 26th August 2016

A new programme to help men, aged 35 and over, to take their first steps to a more active lifestyle will take place in the Fermanagh and Omagh district this autumn.

The free 12 week physical activity programme, which is funded by the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) Healthy Towns programme and coordinated by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, will include sports and activities such as football, badminton and circuits.

The programme, designed specifically for men aged 35 and over who take little or no exercise, will start on Wednesday 7 September 2016 at the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen at 7 pm and Omagh Leisure Complex at 8 pm.

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

“The men’s activity programme is a great way for friends and neighbours to get together and have some fun while improving their health and well-being.

The Council is pleased to work with the PHA on this programme to help some of our male residents take their first steps to improved fitness and well-being.”

Colette 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 sports 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 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.

For further information and to register please visit Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s website. Alternatively contact Chris Elliott, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777.

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