One of the key elements of the Let’s Get Kerry Walking Campaign is to provide training to assist volunteers to organise walking sessions and programmes in clubs and communities across the county. In this regard training approved by the Irish Heart Foundation and Go for Life, the national physical activity programme for older adults, was run during the month of April. A total of 24 people representative of 14 active retirement groups county-wide participated in the training to become Walking Leaders.
As part of the training, participants planned a 4 week walking programme to run with their groups. The programme “Spring in your Step” included a 4 week challenge for each individual and a weekly group walking session.
As a conclusion to the training the Walking Leaders along with 114 members of the respective active retirement groups participated in the “Spring in your Step” 1-hour walk which took place Wednesday June 20th inKillarneyNational Park.
According to Córa Carrigg CoOrdinator with Kerry Recreation & Sports Partnership “We organised a linear walk so the pace of the walk was down to the individual. This type of walk allowed for the pace to range from a gentle stroll to a slightly fast scoot perfect for the different level of abilities amongst our participants”.
Afterwards the Walking Leaders were presented with their certificates from Edel Byrne National CoOrdinator Slí Na Sláinte, Irish Heart Foundation to the now qualified Walking Leaders.
The Let’s Get Kerry Walking Campaign is a joint initiative between a range of agencies involved in the promotion of physical activity inCountyKerry.
The aim of the campaign is to get more people walking more!