Help for unfit and overweight as course starts

Lord Mayor of Armagh Cathy Rafferty gets on her bike to launch the  'Choose to Live Better' campaign. Also pictured are Clare Drummy, Public Health Agency, Elaine Devlin, Investing for Health officer, and leisure facility staff. INPT07-002
Lord Mayor of Armagh Cathy Rafferty gets on her bike to launch the 'Choose to Live Better' campaign. Also pictured are Clare Drummy, Public Health Agency, Elaine Devlin, Investing for Health officer, and leisure facility staff. INPT07-002
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A physical activity programme has begun in three Armagh recreation centres to encourage adults to lead healthier lives.

The programme, organised by Armagh City and District Council, will run for eight weeks at Orchard Leisure Centre, Tandragee Recreation Centre and Richhill Recreation Centre.

It aims to encourage adults to watch their weight and to make appropriate lifestyle changes by promoting increased physical activity and healthier eating patterns.

The initiative, which supports the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) ‘Choose to Live Better’ campaign, is available to anyone over the age of 18 who is inactive (ie. takes less than 30 minutes of physical activity each week), and who is overweight (ie has a BMI of 25 or more).

Eligible participants will also benefit from a health check at the beginning and end of the programme to help monitor any changes.

The programme will include opportunities to be active each week, along with providing informative healthy eating discussions, individual assessments and will finish with a celebratory walk in Loughgall Country Park on completion of the programme.

Qualified staff will support participants through individual goal setting, measuring performance, and encouragement over the eight-week period.

Angela McComb, health and social wellbeing improvement manager with the PHA for the southern area, encouraged people to avail of the opportunity.

She said, “Eating well and being active are two of the most important things we can do to keep well, feel great and help prevent many of the health problems that are common in Northern Ireland.”

Spaces are limited for each centre. Anyone interested should contact Paul Holmes at Tandragee Recreation Centre t: 028 3884 1110 e:paul.holmes@armagh.gov.uk; Mark Wilson at Richhill Recreation Centre t:028 3887 0718 e: mark.wilson@armagh.gov.uk or Paul McKay at the Orchard Leisure Centre :028 37515920.

.e:paul.mckay@armagh.gov.uk,