Healthy Town fourth week focuses on

The fourth week of the Irish Times/ Pfizer Healthy Town programme, from October 8-14, will focus on stress management, with free events and talks to inspire people to take on the Healthy Town challenge and make Kilkenny a healthier place.

The fourth week of the Irish Times/ Pfizer Healthy Town programme, from October 8-14, will focus on stress management, with free events and talks to inspire people to take on the Healthy Town challenge and make Kilkenny a healthier place.

Dr Mark Harrold, clinical psychologist, will give a talk on “Breaking the stress habit” on October 9 at 7pm in Langton’s Hotel. This promises to be of interest to anyone who wants to manage their stress levels and improve their overall well-being. Those who wish to attend they can register on www.irishtimes.com/healthytowns or call 01 669 0298.

The Irish Cancer Society will also be in Kilkenny next week to provide advice on how to quit smoking. (Date and venue to be confirmed; contact 01 669 0298 for more information.) Bernie O’Brien, health promotion officer for smoking cessation, will be offering a Stop Smoking Support Group on Friday mornings 11.45am to 1pm in Ayrfield Medical Centre in Kilkenny starting this Friday. Contact Bernie on 087 2514531 to book a free place or to make an appointment for confidential one-to-one support.

The Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership is offering programmes over the next five weeks as part of Healthy Town to encourage people to get active.

The KRSP along with the HSE in Kilkenny are hosting the City Walk Series on Mondays between now and November 10. The walk starts at Canal Square at 7pm and is ideal for those who enjoy walking and would like the support of a group. The free walks are led by a qualified walk leader and explore routes in Kilkenny City. All levels are welcome.

The Mayor’s Walk also takes place every Saturday morning at 11am with Kilkenny Mayor Cllr Seán Ó hArgáin.

Would you like to start jogging and perhaps complete your first 5k or 10k? The KRSP Meet and Train Group will meet on the track at The Watershed on Wednesdays at 10am and Fridays at 9.30am. Parents and buggies are very welcome (there is a nominal fee of €2).

There will also be taster session with local sports clubs. Participants will have the opportunity to try out some feel good physical activities such as judo, archery, fishing, badminton, cycling, set dancing and many more.

Further information on these programmes is available on www.krsp.ie or 056 7794990.