Council’s ‘In This Together’ Initiative Promotes Healthy Activity During Crisis

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KERRY County Council has commenced the local rollout of the new ‘In This Together’ initiative which is a national campaign aimed at promoting activity, mental wellbeing and staying connected during the COVID-19 emergency.

The #In this Together Campaign Kerry is building on the concept of doing something that makes people feel a little healthier and a little happier during the current crisis.

Kerry County Council and Healthy Kerry have developed a programme of simple and enjoyable activities which are suitable for people of all ages which will be rolled over the coming weeks.

‘In This Together Kerry’ is being spearheaded by a group comprising Kerry County Council’s Community Department, the Healthy Kerry Programme, the Kerry Public Participation Network, the Kerry Age Friendly Programme, Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership, Kerry Library and Kerry County Museum.

The first part of the programme is the ‘Kerry Step Challenge’ over the next six weeks, commencing on Monday next, 1st June 2020. It will follow five key themes of Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Give, and Keep Learning.

‘The challenge involves virtually visiting iconic landmarks along routes in the county by accumulating daily steps,’ explained Deirdre Hegarty, Health and Wellbeing Officer at Kerry County Council.

‘A total of six routes in Kerry of varying distances and step counts will be included in the challenge. Participants can choose to complete any and as many of these routes as they wish either individually or as part of a team. The formation of intergenerational teams in Kerry will be encouraged, for example friends, neighbours, family, work colleagues, classmates,’ she said.

For example, one of the routes is the 9km Glenageenty Forest Loop in Ballymacelligott.  Normally, people take about 11,811 steps to walk this route.

The challenge is to complete routes like the Glenageenty Forest Loop at home or within 5km of your home by taking the total steps needed to normally walk the route.  Along each route, there are key stops with historic details about the area or details about the scenery at that location.

If you don’t own a device that can count steps, they have a calculation you can use to convert active time into step count.

Details are provided online at www.healthykerry.ie to help participants calculate their steps, apply the Five Ways to Wellbeing and learn about the iconic landmarks along the six identified routes in Kerry.

Participants that complete the challenge will receive a certificate and entered into a raffle to win wellbeing items.

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