Nicola Dore with Ciara O'Donnell, Jeff Duggan, Jessie Nash and Jessie Barr at the launch Picture: Dave Gaynor
The students and staff of Colaiste Mhuire were joined by Olympic hurdler Jessie Barr, para-powerlifter Nicola Dore and Ken Boland of The School Food Company for the launch of their annual couch to 5k programme in Askeaton.
The programme will consist of a 12-week training programme culminating in a 5k run/walk on Sunday, April 24.
Each participant will complete a training programme based on their current fitness levels. The training programme requires each participant to complete three physical activity sessions per week with one group session taking place each Tuesday afternoon. For the purpose of this programme, each participant will use an app called ‘C25K’ which can be downloaded on any smart phone. This will act as a guide for each physical activity session.
Nutrition guidance and advice will be provided in conjunction with the School Food Company.
“This initiative is based on the idea that Ireland is currently a ‘Third World’ nation when it comes to the physical sporting health of its people,” explained Ide Trant, PE teacher in Colaiste Mhuire.
“According to leading health professor Niall Moyna ‘As a nation we talk the talk in terms of health, physical activity and sport. However we are couch potato sports people’. He also explains ‘we’ve known now for years that, as a nation, we are less active and becoming heavier. Only 12% of 10 to 18 year olds get the recommended hour of physical activity each day’. Obviously we know if you’re overweight and inactive it increases the likelihood that you’re going to get heart disease’. This is an extremely worrying trend because obese children tend to become obese adults.”