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Slí na Sláinte Upgrades for The Glen and Mayfield

Monday 28 September 2020

Slí na Sláinte Upgrades for The Glen and Mayfield

On Sunday 27th of September, as part of National Walking Day and the European Week of Sport, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Joe Kavanagh launched the newly upgraded Slí na Sláinte route for The Glen and Mayfield area of Cork City.

The renovations include new signage for the area, as well as a new route through The Glen River Amenity Park. Slí na Sláinte is an innovative scheme developed by the Irish Heart Foundation and supported by the HSE to encourage people of all ages and abilities to walk for leisure and good health.

The funding for the upgrades was delivered through the Northside Sports Hub as part of a Dormant Accounts funded project secured and coordinated by Cork Sports Partnership. The aim of the initiative is to provide communities across the Northside of the city with opportunities to become more physically active. The project is supported by Cork City Council and a number of other local agencies including; Cork City Partnership, Health Action Zone, Cork Healthy Cities, The Glen Resource Centre and the Mayfield Sports Complex.

Speaking at the launch, Claire Hurley, Programs Manager with Cork Sports Partnership said “We are delighted to collaborate with so many local agencies here in Cork including Cork City Council on this project. Walking is a great way to engage people of all ages to get more physically active and we look forward to working with all our partners to ensure that more people get out and utilise this fantastic amenity over the coming weeks and months’.

Over the coming months, the walkway will see a number of walking promotions and programmes initiated to create more awareness of the route. Barry O’ Connell, Walking Development Officer, with Cork Sports Partnership said “We look forward to engaging with local groups and organisations from all over the Northside to get their members out walking and active on this Slí na Slainte. I am sure it will be a fantastic resource for the people of the City to keep active”.

Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can reduce the risk of developing health conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers. Walking is free and does not require any special equipment or training, its low impact, requires minimal equipment, can be done at any time of day and can be performed at your own pace. You can get out and walk without worrying about the risks associated with some vigorous forms of exercise. Walking is a great form of physical activity for people and especially good for those who haven’t exercised long time because of COVID-19.

‘The Sports and Sustainability, Community Section and the Parks Section of the City Council are very happy to be involved with Cork Sports Partnership, Health Action Zone and The Irish Heart Foundation and Community Groups in the Glen in providing this addition to the amenity that is Glen River Park’ said Frank Fitzgerald, Sustainability and Road Safety Officer with Cork City Council.

For more information on physical activity opportunities across cork or for other ideas to stay active and healthy please visit www.corksports.ie .

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