Health Promotion Week Begins At Mercy Mounthawk

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Mercy Mounthawk Transition Years who are taking part in the Active Schools Week with Ronan Redican, Una O’Mahony and Olivia Dineen. Photo by Dermot Crean

MERCY Mounthawk kicked off its Health Promotion Week this afternoon and they have loads of events taking place until Friday.

The school has a health promotions team including teachers, students and parents which liaise with several external organisations to promote the health agenda.  Each year the team organises two Health Promotion Weeks which focus the whole school community on the theme at hand.

With this in mind, on Tuesday well known author and body confidence and well being coach, Astrid Longhurst, gave a talk on having a healthy mind and body and how the two work together to improve performance, greater wellbeing, health, vitality and fitness.

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Wednesday saw first, second, transition year and fifth year students taking part in a 5k run/walk and on Friday the First Year Olympics will take place.

There was also a teachers v students challenges event and basketball match on Tuesday. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will see Aisling Fitzgibbon give a talk on nutrition and concentration. There’s also a 5km walk on Wednesday and Astrid returns for a parents talk.

Coordinator of Health Promotion Week at Mercy Mounthawk, Bernie O’Shea, with author and speaker Astrid Longhurst. Also included is Mary O’Connell, Emma Nolan and Adam Butler. Photo by Dermot Crean

Thursday will see physiotherapist Corinne Evans talk on posture and sleep while Friday will see the whole school take part in a class ‘Cha Cha Slide’ dance.

Also, Transition Year students as heading to Moyderwelll and Scoil Eoin primary schools in town to coach PE classes through the Active Schools link in association with Tralee Harriers (with t-shirts sponsored by Radar Retail). The teenagers received training from Una O’Mahony and Linda O’Reilly of Tralee Harriers.

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