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Get Ireland Walking Partnership

11 December, 2013

Agencies put their best foot forward to Get Ireland Walking.

The Get Ireland Walking Initiative is today adopting a partnership approach in order to maximise the number of people walking for health, wellbeing and fitness throughout Ireland. Walking offers an opportunity for people who are inactive or have low levels of physical activity to get active. While over 60% of adults in Ireland are walking weekly, only 10% of existing walkers are currently meeting the National Physical Activity Guidelines.

 

The agencies committing to the agreement are as follows:

•         Irish Sports Council
•         Health Service Executive (HSE)
•         Mountaineering Ireland
•         Irish Heart Foundation
•         Arthritis Ireland
•         Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)
•         Age and Opportunity
•         Ireland Active


The Initiative is supporting individuals and communities to get walking through the provision of:

•         Information, advice and guidance about walking
•         Resources to support the setup and development of walking groups
•         Free insurance cover for volunteer walk leaders and group coordinators
•         Database of walking groups
•         Signposting service to local groups and agencies/organisations active in the promotion of walking.

 

Visit www.getirelandwalking.ie and get all the information and support you need to get walking and stay walking.

 

Further information;
Grainne Quinn, Project Manager - 01 625 1109 or 087 2994687
Email: grainne@getirleandwalking.ie

Cormac MacDonnell, Irish Sports Council - 01-8608823
Email: cmacdonnell@irishsportscouncil.ie

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