HOW WE WILL SPEND THE MONEY
Current guidelines recommend that adults engage in moderate levels of activity for at least 30 minutes per day (Department of Health, Ireland, 2016).
For children this recommendation is more than double. Ireland has been identified as an at risk population for obesity, with projections for Ireland to become the most obese country in Europe by 2030 (WHO, 2015).
For more than a decade researchers have been highlighting issues relating to levels of physical inactivity in Ireland (Livingstone et al., 2001). For example, a global assessment of children’s levels of physical inactivity found Ireland to rank behind the UK, placing 14th out of 15 countries (21-40% of children physically active; Tremblay et al., 2014).
The Yew Walk offers the community a novel approach to walking promotion. The concept capitalises on the addictive behaviours associated with “walk counting” (i.e. measuring steps or distance walked; Tudor-Locke & Lutes, 2009).
Given that physical inactivity is currently associated with over 1 million deaths annually in Europe, the time to promote health related behaviour change is now.
This is a ‘community health matters’ project where a well-respected Tidy Towns Committee has brought a new dimension to what communities can do and easily replicate around Ireland.
This is something we will have for many years to come. As this group is now 16 years together, the cohesion has been amazing with new projects continually emerging as possibilities, but more often than not being carried out much to the amazement of many within the county.