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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Plenty on offer in Taghmon for Health Awareness Week

By Esther Hayden

Launch of Health Awareness week in Taghmon Family Resource Centre on Monday afternoon.
Art competition winners from Taghmon National School Rebecca Cashin, Leah Mgee and Jada Power.
Mary O'Loughlin, Ruth McKeon, Rebecca Cashin, Ian Carty, Leah McGee, Ray O'Brien, Jada Power, Brid Akinyemi, Chloe Carroll and Paula Gondard.
Launch of Health Awareness week in Taghmon Family Resource Centre on Monday afternoon. Art competition winners from Taghmon National School Rebecca Cashin, Leah Mgee and Jada Power. Mary O'Loughlin, Ruth McKeon, Rebecca Cashin, Ian Carty, Leah McGee, Ray O'Brien, Jada Power, Brid Akinyemi, Chloe Carroll and Paula Gondard.
Launch of Health Awareness week in Taghmon Family Resource Centre on Monday afternoon. Pupils from Taghmon and Carroreigh Ns.
Launch of Health Awareness week in Taghmon Family Resource Centre on Monday afternoon. Art competition winners from Caroreigh National School Eimear Doyle, Orla Banville and Amber Hornick. Mary O'Loughlin, Ian Carty, Eimear Doyle, Orla Banville, Amber Hornick, Ray O'Brien, Brid Akinyemi and Chloe Carroll.

Taghmon Family Resource Centre will be holding a Health Awareness Week for the community and surrounding areas from March 7 until March 11.

The Health Awareness Week is aimed at promoting health awareness and well being and to provide activities, talks, health checks and workshops for people to take part in.

As this is a community event the organisers will be involving and encouraging all members of the community regardless of age, gender or abilities, to be active and to be aware of the importance and impacts that being healthy can have on you and your life.

Caroreigh and Taghmon National Schools are taking a very active role and participating in workshops on sugar awareness and dancing throughout the week.

The week was officially launched by local GAA star Ian Carthy in the Family Resource Centre during which time the winners of the healthy poster competition, which was open to 3rd and 4th class pupils from Taghmon and Caroreigh National Schools, were also presented with their prizes.

Monday morning saw the start of the pedometer challenge for the men and women of the community. Barbara Walsh from Siemens Diagnostics performed hBa1c tests and there was some gentle chair aerobics with Sue Murphy.

On Tuesday, March 8 there will be a talk on Alzheimers and Dementia from Home Instead Senior Care at 10.30am while at 2.30pm there will be an Introduction to Tai Chi with Jon Donovan. Finally at 7.30pm there will be a talk on anxiety with Maureen Howell.

On Wednesday there will be a healthy coffee morning to raise funds for Wexford Hospice Homecare and Boots Chemists will be on hand to do some general health checks and answer any general health questions that you may have from 10,30am onwards.

Wednesday afternoon will see a talk on Mental Health for men in the Men's Shed at around 2pm and there will a talk on Sugar Awareness for Families in Taghmon National School at 7pm.

On Thursday there will be ballroom dancing in the handball alley with Vilma and this is also the conclusion of the pedometer challenge.

Friday will see focus on men with the Men's Healthy Breakfast and health checks provided by Ann Young. There will also be a small closing ceremony where the winning team of the Pedometer challenge will be announced.

All these activities, workshops and talks are free of charge and open to all members of the public. Further information is available from the FRC on 053-9134465.

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