HSE joins Sports Partnership in fight against obesity

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

Pheilim Macken, Limerick Sports Partnership, and Ireland rugby international  Niamh Briggs with Leanne Cole and Adam Murrihy, Lisnagry. Picture: Alan Place.
A HEALTHY eating and physical fitness programme aimed at overweight children gets underway in Limerick next month.

A HEALTHY eating and physical fitness programme aimed at overweight children gets underway in Limerick next month.

Run by the HSE and Limerick Sports Partnership, Way to Go Kids is geared specifically towards 9-to-12-year-olds and aims to reverse the worrying trend towards increasing weight gain in children through a healthy and fun approach to nutrition and physical activity.

Both parents and children are encouraged to get involved in the programme, which will be delivered by fitness coaches, dieticians and other professionals over nine weeks.

Bedelia Collins, senior health promotion officer, HSE Mid-West explained: “This is an excellent programme for parents and kids to get involved in. It is designed to be practical but fun and is full of great ideas and tips for a healthier lifestyle. Childhood obesity is an issue and without action our children are vulnerable to problems with bone health and diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. ”

And Pheilim Macken, Limerick Local Sports Partnership (LLSP), said he was glad to be part of a team bringing the programme to Limerick for a third time.

“This is a great opportunity to show kids and parents that exercise can be fun and that there are lots of choices available to the whole family to get moving to enhance their quality of life,” said Mr Macken.

For further information on Way To Go Kids or to register a place on the programme, go to http://www.limericksports.ie/ or contact 061 333600