Community clubs together to promote wellness in Castletown Liam Mellows GAA Healthy Week

A holistic approach to wellness that incorporates movement, mindfulness and meaningful connections was the focus of the recent “Healthy Week” hosted by the Castletown Liam Mellows GAA Club.

he week-long event welcomed club members and non-members to the club to get a taste of the wide range of activities and facilities available to the community. According to the club’s Health Club president, Liz Gardiner, the week was a huge success that attracted interest from people of all ages.

“It was great to see people of all ages come. The whole philosophy of the Healthy Club is to attract the wider community and that’s exactly what we did. There is a GAA community in every parish, but the club and the activities are not just for people who play GAA,” she said.

In 2021, the Healthy Club team launched two new initiatives to encourage community members to get active and involved – GAA for Mothers and Others and a Round Ladies Team. These activities and the subsequent introduction of the Women’s Camogie Group all proved to be very popular. Health Week offered new members the opportunity to learn more about these activities

Health Week attendees also had the chance to try out the club’s gymnasium, which hosts weekly classes for men and women led by gym instructor Marc Halpin. People of all ages came to give the classes a whirl, with functional fitness and fat loss classes and the popular circuits for men over 40 among the options available. Those looking to relax and unwind also enjoyed the yoga classes led by Aislinn Barrett, who teaches chair yoga and slow hatha yoga at the club weekly.

‘Healthy Week’ also gave the club the opportunity to launch some of the new fall offerings.

This includes “100 Days of Walking” – a self-motivated walking challenge that encourages participants to participate in a minimum of 30 minutes or walk or exercise each day. Participants remain accountable through a special WhatsApp group. GAA 4 Dad’s and Lads is a football and hurling program for those who want to enjoy Gaelic games without too much competition. These sessions, which focus primarily on social interaction and fun, will begin on October 17.

“To end Health Week, we were delighted to host a two-hour nutrition workshop with Ciara Goland and Laura McHugh explaining the importance of a healthy, balanced diet in today’s world, followed by a 40-minute Pilates class,” Liz said. “Also on the day we had the opportunity to showcase some beautiful, healthy, nutritious locally produced products, including milk with samples of the many different flavors donated by Salt Rock Dairy, a basket of vegetables complimented by Brooklyn Farm, and granola and beautiful healthy snacks from Nutorious Nutrition.”

On behalf of everyone at the Club, Liz thanked everyone who helped make Health Week a success.

Castletown Liam Mellows GAA Club has been a Healthy Club member since 2016 when he joined the GAA Healthy Club project. Their goal as the Healthy Club is to support everyone’s physical, social, emotional and psychological health and to make the GAA Club a hub for health in the community, Liz said.

Those interested in finding out more about Healthy Club activities and the autumn calendar can visit the Castletown Liam Mellows Facebook page or call Liz on 086 387 9321.

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