SEPTEMBER is designated by the Irish Heart Foundation as Heart Month and, in a just-in-time initiative, the foundation and the County Limerick Sports Partnership have teamed up with Adare GAA to launch a new Sli na Slainte in the Adare club grounds.
It is the first Sli na Slainte in Limerick to be located on GAA grounds but Edel Byrne, of the Irish Heart Foundation said they hoped it would be the first of many.
“This is a new departure and we have been working with the GAA on their Social Initiative,” she explained to the Limerick Leader. The idea is to encourage parents who are dropping children off for GAA practice or games to get active themselves, to hop out of the car and to take a few turns round the walk. The fact that it is well-lit is another bonus, Ms Byrne added.
Thanking the GAA and the Sports Partnership for their involvement, she also stressed that walking is fun.
The Sli na Slainte in the Adare GAA club is a 500-metre loop walk. And like other Sli na Slainte routes, it is designed to let people know exactly how far they have walked.
At the launch of the project last week Phelim Macken, the co-ordinator of the Co Limerick Sports Partnership told the Limerick Leader:
“We were delighted to work with the Irish Heart Foundation and Adare GAA Club on this project. The new Sli na Slainte route is a great addition for walkers in Adare as it provides access to a well-lit walk all year round plus convenient parking.”
And he described the walk as “easy to follow”.
“The 500-metre loop walk around the pitch will cater for all fitness levels but is ideal for the beginner walker who wants to change their lifestyle in order to increase their physical activity levels. Many people do not realise it but physical inactivity is one of the main risk factors for heart disease. At least 30 minutes of physical activity at a moderate intensity, such as brisk walking, five days a week will keep your heart strong, improve muscle strength and make you feel good,” he added, urging people in the area to test out the new walk.