Ardagh\Moydow\Glen (AMG) Community Games are taking on the challenge of helping promote healthy lifestyles by entering the “Healthy Events Awards 2013”.
This brand new project, initiated by National HSE Community Games, is aimed at improving awareness of five very important health topics: mental health, sun safety, nutrition, physical activity, and substance use (tobacco, alcohol and drugs).
The organising committee of Brigette Lynch Scott and Leslie Finnan are busy planning an exciting line -up of activities and speakers for the coming year that will help them bring these healthy message to the children and parents.
The Community Games youth club in Ardagh Community Centre every Friday evening has been going strong for 2 years. The youth club consists of different activities all which are helping children develop their mental and physical health through badminton, table tennis, chess, draughts and art. They are assisted by five transition year students from Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon: Cormac Dennigan, Shane Finnan, David Whitney, Aphra Hartmann and Dayna Victory.
Last year AMG Community Games won 2nd place in County Longford Area Involvement Awards for a fantastic effort in participation. It is envisioned that they will further build on this success by improving the positive health promotion aspect to all their activities and events. To get their Healthy Events 2013 project off to a great start they held the Ardagh 16km Challenge and 5km Fun Run just before New Year. Nearly 60 runners took up the 16km Challenge and 115 runners and walkers took part in the 5km Fun Run.
On January 18, the AMG held an open night in the community center in Ardagh where the children made posters and learnt about five different topics to officially launch Healthy Events 2013. There were bright, colourful trays of fruit free for people to enjoy. Also on the night there were guests speaker including Invited guest Joe Fox from the National Board of Directors HSE Community Games, Aoife Fox, who is Longford Community Games Youth Officer and Beckie Donoghue, who is a Mental Health Nurse. Over a number of weeks principals and teachers from Ardagh and Glen National Schools and also Club Ardagh preschool are going to be turning up over various weeks to follow the children‘s progress.
The HSE Community Games Mission states: “Our aim is to foster participation, fun and the development of new skills ,friendships and healthy lifestyles among participants and volunteers.” A panel of Health, Community Games and Independent representatives will judge the entries for the competition based on Area population, number of registered volunteers and the number of participants in the Area, as well as achievement of actions, inclusiveness and the positive impact on the Area/Community.
There will be three awards for the top areas as well as prizes for areas which are judged to have made a considerable effort to improve the healthy aspects of their events. The winners of the Healthy Events Awards 2013 will have their Health Promoting Events showcased at a National HSE CG Event.