Healthy Towns to focus on mental well-being this week

The fifth week of the Irish Times / Pfizer Healthy Town programme, October 15–21, will focus on mental well-being.

The fifth week of the Irish Times / Pfizer Healthy Town programme, October 15–21, will focus on mental well-being.

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. Go to www.irishtimes.com/healthytowns for further information.

Dr Tony Bates, from Headstrong – The National Centre for Youth Mental Health, will give a talk on “Believing that you’re worth it” on Tuesday, October 16 at 7pm in Langton’s Hotel. This will be of interest to everyone who wants to effectively improve their overall well-being.

Those who wish to attend they can register on www.irishtimes.com/healthytowns or call 01-6690298.

A healthy mind is helped by a healthy body, so the Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership are offering plenty of programmes 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, which will be continuing on October 15 until the 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.

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 Seán Ó hArgáin.

There are a wide range of ‘taster sessions’ at local sports clubs including Judo, Archery, Fishing, Badminton, Cycling, Set Dancing, Hill Walking and wheelchair basketball.

If you would you like to start jogging and perhaps complete your first 5k or 10k? 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).

Karen O’Keeffe, director of communications at Pfizer, says that next week’s focus on mental health week is as important as any aspects of physical health.

“Different activities are going to appeal to different people,” she said. “The mental health focus always gets a huge amount of interest from people. Tony Bates’ talk on this will inform people and it’s a very important topic right now.”

“So far the feedback from people attending things has been positive. The variety of meetings has obviously been welcomed, but we are keen to hear all views and feedback. We will work through the next few weeks and people are still welcome to get involved.”

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

The HSE has produced a pocket sized list of contact details of all mental health support service in Kilkenny and other counties and these are available free from the Health Promotion Department in Dean Street on 056–7761400.

The Irish Times / Pfizer Healthy Town, a collaboration between the Irish Times, Pfizer Healthcare Ireland and the civic and business community of Kilkenny, is a 10-week programme of health and well-being initiatives. The programme combines health promotion events and physical activities to encourage people in Kilkenny to improve their health, with most events free of charge.

The programme also offers participating individuals free health checks of their BMI, cholesterol and blood pressure at the start and completion of the programme to track progress and impact.