Ireland’s first ever National Physical Activity Plan is launched

The Government has today launched Ireland's first ever national Physical Activity Plan which aims to get at least half a million more Irish people taking regular exercise within ten years. Currently only  32% of adults are meeting the national physical activity recommendations.

Some key features of the new plan include:

  • A new annual campaign to encourage more people to get active more often, including social media campaigns and a new Physical Activity Week as part of the European Week of Sport
  • Support 500 new community walking groups, and extend the Active School Flag Programme to another 500 schools
  • Health professionals will get further training on using physical activity to prevent or treat chronic conditions
  • Build on the success of Get Ireland Walking by setting up new initiatives like Get Ireland Swimming, Get Ireland Cycling and Get Ireland Running
  • The website will be expanded as a one-stop-shop for physical activity, including a public database of national sports and recreation facilities
  • There will be a new push to get employers to encourage Healthy Workplace initiatives through walking and exercise activities, standing desks and other measures
  • More physical activity will be provided for people with physical or mental disabilities through guidelines and support materials
  • New guidelines will be developed on sedentary behaviour, including warnings about the dangers of lengthy inactivity
  • The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment will finalise a new PE curriculum framework at Senior Cycle level
  • A new topic called ‘Wellbeing’ will be launched next September as part of the new Junior Cycle to include Physical Education
  • Healthy lifestyles will be promoted in primary and secondary schools. Physical activity will be used as an educational tool, especially at primary level, and Professional Development Support Service on physical activity will be set up for teachers.



Posted: 14/01/2016 10:39:51 by Laura Keaver


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