Healthy mind equals healthy body: Limerick school opens its own walking route

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

GAA stars Orlaith O Donoghue and Katie Heelan cut the ribbon on the school’s new Sli na Slainte route Picture: Michael Cowhey

GAA stars Orlaith O Donoghue and Katie Heelan cut the ribbon on the school’s new Sli na Slainte route Picture: Michael Cowhey

WHERE possible students are encouraged to walk to their school but in Hospital they can also walk within the ground.

John the Baptist Community School held a very successful health and wellbeing day at the end of January. The school has put in tremendous work to encourage healthy choices among staff and students. It was organised to increase awareness among the school community of these changes and promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

The new Slí na Sláinte route was officially opened by former student, Orlaith O’Donoghue, and present sixth year Katie Heelan, both members of the 2018 All-Ireland winning Limerick ladies junior football team. This new 1.1km “path of health” is a fantastic resource for staff, students and local community. It came about through the work of the healthy eating committee with the help of the Irish Heart Foundation.

The transition year health squad put in a huge amount of work into organising the event and proudly wore their newly designed T-shirts complete  with an original logo. The health squad logo was created by first year student Alex Russell.  At lunch time, a healthy eating food market took place in the main corridor. It  was a celebration of locally produced food, and the school thanked the many food producers.  In the afternoon, first year students showed what a talented bunch they are as they put on an entertaining talent show. The school thanked everyone involved, especially the healthy eating committee who have worked tirelessly to encourage a healthy lifestyle.