Successful Men’s Health event in Roscommon

The benefits of movement, healthy diet, nurturing good emotional and mental health were outlined to a large attendance at a special event in Roscommon County Library last Friday. The Irish Heart Foundation’s Mobile Health Unit were also present to facilitate blood pressure checks for members of the public.

The event was organised by Roscommon County Council’s Library service, in conjunction with the Community and Enterprise section of Roscommon County Council, as well as Roscommon Sports Partnership. The event coincided with Men’s National Health Week. Earlier in the week, separate Men’s Healthy Week initiatives took place in Ballaghaderreen and Fourmilehouse.

Proceedings began with a session of ‘Chair Yoga’ organised by Marese Cregg, followed by an Activator Poles demonstration and a Healthy and Wellbeing talk with Laura Tully, who is known for her work as the ‘Movement Mentor’ under the guise of the Roscommon ‘Fit Farmers’ initiative.

Following Laura’s address, Roscommon County Library and Roscommon Sports Partnership launched their new activator pole lending service on the day. The initiative is funded by Roscommon County Council’s Community Recognition Fund. The service is available from all of the county’s five library services.

Special guest at the event was Roscommon’s Age Friendly Ambassador Paddy Joe Burke who spoke about the importance of managing one’s mental and emotional health. He stressed the importance of everyone, particularly men, reaching out to talk to each other as a means of providing mutual support to those who may be vulnerable or in need of support.

The Men’s Healthy Week Event in the County Library was a collaborative initiative involving Roscommon County Council and Roscommon County Library Services, in particular the Healthy Ireland Co-Ordinators from Roscommon County Council and Roscommon County Library, the Age Friendly Programme Manager, Roscommon County Council and Roscommon Sports Partnership.