BADONEY Development Partnership launched their Winter Wellness Programme in Gortin last week.
The programme is part of a voluntary community effort to provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to improve health and general well-being and to keep people living well for longer.
The launch saw over 100 people join with local fitness instructor, Noreen McDermott of Fit for Life in a five minute workout.
This was followed with the launch of the ‘Healthy Hopes’ balloons by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council chairman Howard Thornton.
The balloons carried hundreds of commitments from those at the event to make some small changes towards a healthier lifestyle.
The backdrop to the event involved over 160 children keeping active through sport as they participated in the Mick McCullagh Memorial Tournament. The children enjoyed healthy snacks as they met the Winter Wellness mascots who were promoting good nutrition through healthy choices.
Congratulating all involved in the initiative, Cllr Thornton said it was great to see so many community volunteers involved in encouraging people to take time out to improve their own health and well-being.
Guest speaker, former health chief Tom Daly, commented how this initiative was a perfect example of rural communities responding in a positive way to the challenges and issues faced.
He said, “It is so often the case that the people who know best what is needed are those living and working within the heart of our communities.
“It is particularly important in a rural area like this part of the Sperrins, with difficulties accessing services and the potential for rural isolation, that as many activities as possible are available locally. And it often takes voluntary help to make this feasible. This initiative is a great example to others.”
On behalf of Badoney Development Partnership, Anita McConnell thanked all those attending the event and the dedicated team responsible for developing the Winter Wellness Programme.
She said, “We are so lucky to have such an inspirational team of selfless volunteers, and the brilliant coaches in Badoney Ladies and Gortin St Patrick’s.
“On behalf of our entire community we say a massive thank you to them. And the best way to show our thanks is to come along to the activities that they have worked hard to deliver.
“Our wish is that these activities help us all to cope a bit better with our busy lives and the stresses and strains that this puts on our bodies and minds. And that we do what we can to help our children to build their resilience for the future.”
The Winter Wellness Programme includes pilates, strength and conditioning, youth activities with healthy minds, a good nutrition programme and mental health awareness week.
More information including how to book can be found on the Facebook page Badoney Development Partnership or you can email badoneydevelopmentpartnership@ gmail.com