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Monday 14 October 2019

Pursuing health and happiness at WellWex festival

Laura Ffrench and Ruth Hannon at the event
Laura Ffrench and Ruth Hannon at the event

Maria Pepper

Health and fitness were the hot topics which drew a large crowd to Wexford Racecourse on Sunday for the inaugural WellWex Festival.

More than 80 local and national wellbeing and fitness experts took part in the successful festival, providing practical introductions to a wide range of health-promoting activities, assisting people of all ages from 16 years upwards, to 'Find Your Well'.

The busy day-long programme of events took place in a village-style atmosphere and included workshops on various types of Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Mindfulness, TRX, Sound Baths, Jump Fitness, Zumba, Salsa, Boxercise, Power Hoops, Kettlebells and Jujitsu.

There were inspiring and motivational talks including 'Speak Up and Speak Out' with Louise O'Neill; the 'Journey to Health and Happiness' with Siobhan O' Hagan; the 'No Bullsh*t Guide to Fat Loss' with Louise O' Brien and 'Simple Steps to Confidence, Clarity and Consistency' with Pat Divilly.

Panel discussions were held on the 'Wellbeing of Teenagers' featuring speakers Orlagh Reilly, Dee O'Keeffe and Deirdre Ward of Unlock; 'Intuitive Eating' with Nichola Forrest, Liz O' Leary, Shonagh Harpur and Paul Juggins of Nutrition Unravelled and Community Wellbeing with Cllr. Leonard Kelly, Karla Bell and Nichola Gregg.

The wellbeing of the planet also came under the spotlight in a discussion with An Taisce Climate Ambassadors and also during a story-telling workshop.

People were encouraged to get in touch with their creative sides at workshops on Inspiritus Art; Vision Boarding and Meditation through Mandalas.

Food stalls provided healthy sustenance while musical entertainment was provided by Nic and Neil, Josh Cahill, Dave Clarke, Tuesday at 6, Niall Cash and Rachel Grace.

Festival director Treasa Traynor said there was an overwhelming response to the inaugural event, both from the local community and those working in the wellness field.

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