12 men have successfully completed the free 12 week Men’s Health Programme delivered at Dungannon Leisure Centre.
The programme, which was funded by the Public Health Agency, and led by Mid Ulster District Council’s Closing the Gap service and Dungannon Leisure Centre, took place from the end of September to mid-December and offered a range of activities and sessions to help participants become fitter and live healthier lifestyles including physical activity sessions and educational workshops delivered over 90 minute sessions each week.
As fitness levels varied, the programme was tailored to meet the needs of all participants. Topics covered at the educational workshops included: promoting positive mental wellbeing, understanding food labels and healthy eating, smoking, scam prevention in addition to increasing awareness around topics including Diabetes and Cancer.
Participants commented that they are more motivated to exercise, and more committed to their health and well-being since completing the programme, with all recording a significant improvement in their overall emotional health and wellbeing over the 12 week programme.
One participant commented, “This was a very enjoyable programme, personally I have learnt the importance of keeping in contact and to keep communicating with people. Mental and physical wellbeing go hand-in-hand.”
Praising the programme, Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Mark Glasgow said, “I am delighted the free Men’s Health Programme proved so successful and I hope participants move forward and continue to follow the valuable advice and guidance they received into 2018. There’s never been a better time to take responsibility for maintaining good health and wellbeing and with the range of activities available at Dungannon Leisure Centre, there’s definitely something to suit everyone.
“The programme provided a great opportunity for local men to connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give, all of which are key areas under the Five Ways to Well-Being which can then be adopted and applied in other areas of life.”
To build on this programme, Closing the Gap are arranging a 6 week Men’s Cook It! Programme, which will offer participants the opportunity to learn how to prepare and cook healthy food on a budget. Funded by the Public Health Agency, this will start on Thursday 8th February from 10.30am-12.30pm using the kitchen facilities at Dungannon Youth Resource Centre.
Anyone interested in attending this free course should contact the Council’s Health Improvement Officer on 03000 132 132 or email [email protected] to register their interest.