‘Family fun’ the focus for Healthy Towns next week

The seventh week of the Irish Times/Pfizer Healthy Town programme, beginning next Monday, October 29 to Sunday, November 4, will focus on ‘family fun’.

The seventh week of the Irish Times/Pfizer Healthy Town programme, beginning next Monday, October 29 to Sunday, November 4, will focus on ‘family fun’.

As always, there is a full schedule of free events and talks to inspire people to take on the Healthy Town challenge and make Kilkenny a healthier place.

There will be a talk on learning how to reduce the risk of cancer on October 30 at Langton’s Hotel at 7pm. This will be of interest to anyone who is looking for help making health and lifestyle choices that will reduce their risk of developing the disease.

Clinical Psychologist Dr Sarah O’Doherty will give a talk on ‘Preserving your own positive mental health as a parent’ on November 1 at 7pm in the River Court Hotel, John Street.

Those who wish to attend either of these events can register on www.irishtimes.com/healthytowns or call 01-6690298.

Autumn is a great to time to get outdoors, and Kilkenny has a wealth of beautiful parks and playgrounds in the city to get out and enjoy. For those looking for more ideas on how to get their children active there is a booklet called Kilkenny Kids and Life produced by the Citizens Information Centre (CIC).

This booklet details all the clubs, camps and activities happening in the county throughout the year. The booklet is available free from the CIC office on the Parade in Kilkenny and also from the Health Promotion Department in Dean Street or you can call 076-1077910.

Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership with support from the HSE are offering plenty of programmes as part of Healthy Town to encourage all the family to get active.

KRSP will hold a Dance Workshop for teenagers in Mooncoin on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the mid-term break from 11am to 2pm.

KRSP are hosting the City Walk Series which will be continuing on Monday, October 29 until November 5. The walk will start at Canal Square at 7pm and is ideal for those who enjoy walking and would like the support of a group.

The walks are led by a qualified walk leader and explore routes in Kilkenny City and best of all are free for everyone. All levels are very welcome.

KRSP will also hold Outdoor Adventure Days for Teenagers including kayaking at Greensbridge, Kilkenny and tree tops adventure and fishing in Castlecomer Discovery Park.

The KRSP Meet and Train Group will be meeting on the track at the Watershed on Wednesday mornings at 10am and Friday mornings at 9.30am. Parents and buggies are very welcome (there is a nominal fee of €2).

Further information on any of the above programmes is available on www.krsp.ie or 056-7794990.

For those who cannot make the City Walk Series the Mayor’s Walk will be taking place every Saturday morning at 11am with Kilkenny Mayor Cllr Seán Ó hArgáin.

See www.irishtimes.com/healthytowns for further information.