Fit Walk Programmes
The overall aim of this programme is to promote physical fitness through walking and to develop an understanding of best practice in getting the most from your walk. This programme has many parts including the indoor fit walk programme, pole pushin programme (indoor and outdoor using Nordic poles) and an outdoor foot pumpin programme which caters for all levels of physical fitness. All these programmes are facilitated by a qualified Fit Walk tutor and provide a mixture of theory and practical sessions.
Sports Fest for Older Adults
The Sports Fest has been developed to promote sport and physical activity among older adults through a series of come and try events in one venue. It encourages participants to come along and try out a new sport or activity in a fun and enjoyable setting.
Walking Leader Training
The walking leader training coordinated nationally by the Irish Heart Foundation is supported locally through DSP and the HSE and is provided to build the capacity of people who wish to promote walking in their own community or workplace. The course content includes advice on areas such as planning walking sessions, health and safety issues, leadership skills and techniques, starting your own walking group, practical sessions and a follow up four week walking challenge.
Green Prescription – Physical Activity Programmes
This programme involves a health professional’s written advice to a client to become more active in the natural environment as part of the patient’s health and quality of life management. The programme seeks to prevent and tackle obesity and to promote health while reducing stress and increasing self esteem and social well being. This programme which is HSE driven has identified the need for innovative strategies to encourage activity in the sedentary population as well as with targeted at-risk groups. As GPs have access to a large proportion of the sedentary population and are a respected source of advice, they are in an ideal position to become catalysts for change.
Go for Life
Go for Life is the national programme for sport and physical activity for older people. The aim of Go for Life is to involve older adults in all aspects of sport and physical activity more often. The thrust of the programme is to empower and enable older people by reaching out to active retirement associations, senior citizens groups, day care and community centres around the country, to ensure that increasing numbers of older people are more active, more often.
Go or Life is an Age & Opportunity initiative funded by the Irish Sports Council. The Go for Life team at Age and Opportunity administers the Go for Life programme, working in partnership with the DSP and the HSE’s Go for Life coordinator to deliver the programme.