A unique scheme to help men in Co Donegal overcome obesity and to get involved in moderate exercise is to be launched.
Men’s health research has demonstrated that huge impacts can be achieved by participating in regular physical activity.
Inactivity can be strongly associated with the risk of developing many of our chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes as well as obesity.
In Ireland 26% of men are not meeting the recommended amount of physical activity which is at least 30 minutes per day on at least 5 days per week, in addition the prevalence of overweight and obesity has significantly increased, 64.5% of men in 36 – 50 years are overweight with 11.8% obese with similar figures existing for the 51 – 64 age bracket.
Men on the Move Donegal which is being piloted by Donegal Sports Partnership with the support of DLDC and the HSE Health Promotion Department aims to support men in their challenge to increase their physical activity levels and to gain a better understanding and awareness of the importance of physical activity to our physical health and mental wellbeing.
The programme will commence with a series of information sessions and health check in 4 areas across Co Donegal starting with;
• The Vestry (St Conals) Letterkenny 7pm on Tuesday 3rd September
• The Yard Centre, Falcarragh 7pm on Thursday 5th September
• St Johnston & Carrigans FRC 7pm Wednesday 11th September
• Niall Mór Centre, Killybegs 8pm on Thursday 12th September
These information sessions which will last approximately 1 .5 hours are open to men over 35 and will provide an outline of the components of the programme which will include fitness testing, physical activity programme and support workshops. Some light refreshments will also be available with sessions being delivered in an informal manner.
Further information is available by contacting Karen Guthrie at Donegal Sports Partnership 074 91 16078 or 91 16079 – email Karen@activedonegal.com