Healthy Town events to get the heart going

As part of the 'Healthy Town' initiative Laois County Council and Laois Sports Partnership officially launched the Green Gym Programme & User Guide at Portlaoise Leisure Centre outdoor gym this week. Pictured at the launch yesterday are:Pictured is: Chaiman of Laois County Council John Joe Fennelly with Mary and John O'Shea and instructor Majella Fennelly��Healthy Town�" is a collaboration between The Irish Times, Pfizer Healthcare Ireland and the civic and business community of Portlaoise and includes an eight week programme of health promotion events, information meetings, health checks and physical activity sessions, to encourage the people of Portlaoise to improve their health, with all events free of charge. Picture: Jeff Harvey
A number of events are set to take place in Portlaoise this week as part of the Irish Times/Pfizer Healthy Town programme, running until Sunday, October 5.

A number of events are set to take place in Portlaoise this week as part of the Irish Times/Pfizer Healthy Town programme, running until Sunday, October 5.

The programme focuses on the importance of looking after your heart, and there is a full schedule of free events and talks to inspire people to take on the Healthy Town challenge and make Portlaoise a healthier place.

On Thursday October 2, the second of the Portlaoise Green Gym sessions will take place at the Portlaoise Leisure Centre outdoor gym at 11am.

These sessions will run every Thursday for the duration of the Healthy Town programme and will give the people of Portlaoise a chance to learn how to best use the equipment and encourage people of all ages to take on healthy heart habits.

No booking is required, for further information please contact Laois Sports Partnership on 057 8671248, or Laois County Council sports section on 057 8674363.

On Saturday October 4, The Irish Heart Foundation will provide more free public health checks in the parish centre. This comprehensive free service is open to all members of the public. To avail of the check and book your place, please contact Ellen McMeel on 01 668 5001 or email emcmeel@irishheart.ie.

Also on Saturday, a fitness workshop for teenage girls will take place in the Treo Nua Family Resource Centre from 2.30pm to 5pm.

The workshop aims to highlight the benefits of different types of training and will give tips on the best workouts to reach specific goals. To book a place, please text ‘Teen Workshop’ and you full name to 087 1445428. The course is limited to 20 places.

Throughout the duration of the Healthy Town programme, Portlaoise Leisure Centre will offer discounted rates on a number of classes. For more information please contact 057 868 1200. Further information at www.irishtimes.com/healthytown.