Southern Trust ‘Fit 4 U’ participants enjoy walk through Newry

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Friday, September 15th, 2017
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Participants of the Southern Trust Fit 4 U Project have been taking part in walking groups across the Southern area during August. 

Venues included Dungannon Park, Lurgan Park, Newry Tow Path, The Mall in Armagh and Riverside Walk in Banbridge.   

 

 

Fit 4 U provides a range of physical activity and sporting opportunities for adults with physical/sensory disabilities. 

Rhonda Richardson, Fit 4 U Co-ordinator, explained, “Fit 4 U walking groups cater for all, including those who use mobility aids, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Trained walk leaders lead, guide and motivate the group and everyone walks at their own pace.”

Frank McGirr, participant said, “I find the walking group very therapeutic, so enjoyable and I love the great scenery, thank you to all the walk leaders and members.”

Another participant, Diane Hynds, said, “For someone who has multiple sclerosis, it is very important to get sunlight for Vitamin D. A normal day for me would be sitting at home, so I really look forward to getting out with the group to get some fresh air and the social aspect is great.”

 

 

Claire Convery, Everybody Active Coach stated, “Just 30 minutes walking every day can improve fitness, strengthen your bones and reduce body fat. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers.”

From September Fit 4 U activities will take place in Leisure Centres across the Southern area, including Dungannon, Armagh, Craigavon, Banbridge and Newry Leisure Centre. Activities available include group exercise, tai chi, boccia, kurling, archery, boxercise and multi-sports sessions.

 

 

If you would like to find out more about the activities available, please contact Rhonda Richardson, Fit 4 U Co-ordinator, Tel. 028 3756 4490 or email rhonda.richardson@southerntrust.hscni.net


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