Updated: 16/02/17 : 10:52:04
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IT Sligo launches Healthy Campus Programme

Mayo gaelic footballer and IT Sligo graduate Andy Moran was back at college last week to launch the Institute’s new Healthy Campus Programme for its students and staff.

Moran, who played a starring role in Mayo’s recent National Football League victory over Kerry, was in Sligo to lend his support to the Institute’s new Healthy Campus initiative. As the owner of his own gym Health Quarters in Castlebar, Andy spoke of the importance of exercise and diet and the important impact it has not only in physical fitness but also their importance in promoting emotional wellbeing.

The multi-pronged programme is rooted in IT Sligo’s long-term commitment to fostering a culture of mental and physical health and wellness. The Healthy Campus Initiative will support the enhancement and expansion of current health and wellness efforts; offer new and interesting approaches to exercise, mental health and eating well foster synergies and coordination among the myriad groups and programmes that support health and wellness at IT Sligo; and provide students, staff and faculty with fun and exciting ways to make it easy to be healthy and fit.

"This initiative is about helping members of the campus community and beyond make informed choices," President Dr. Brendan Mc Cormack said. "Whether it's about diet, exercise, our goal is to leverage our unique strengths in health sciences to encourage healthier outcomes for individuals and for society as a whole."  

Dr Brendan McCormack, President of IT Sligo and Mayo gaelic footballer Andy Moran, along with students and staff, launch the Institute's Healthy Campus Programme 2017.

“We have the practical and teaching expertise on campus, and that enables us to be a step ahead in fostering health promotion for both staff and students.” explains Yvonne Roache, who is IT Sligo’s Health, Safety & Welfare Officer.

“The Healthy Campus team includes IT Sligo academics and other professionals who specialise in health promotion, exercise, emotional health and the environment. We will also be partnering with external providers such Ballinode College, HSE, Smarter Travel Ireland and other local companies such as Fabuless, Good4U, Sweetbeat and Boots, who will all contribute to the programme in their own areas of expertise”

Various Initiatives

The Programme is also drawing on the talents of the Institute’s Health Promotion students from our Applied Sport with business and Health Science and Physical activity courses, who are using it as a platform to run various initiatives as part of their course work.

A range of events and activities will take place on campus over the next eight weeks. These include morning yoga, couch to 5k run and weight loss classes, Walking groups, Smoking Cessation programme. There will also be four ‘Wellness Wednesdays’ where there will be various talks and displays the will focus on emotional health, health checks and lifestyle, nutrition and exercise. Members of the public are welcome to campus to attend the “Wellness Wednesday” events.

For more information on the Institute’s Healthy Campus programme 2017, visit the IT Sligo Healthy Campus Facebook page. Email roache.yvonne@itsligo.ie or phone 0719155336.