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RehabCare Galway Gets the Fitness Bug!

17/10/2014 RehabCare Galway Gets the Fitness Bug!

The participants of the Sláinte Health Project are now trimmer, fitter and healthier thanks to the successful innovative new personal toolkit they used over the last three months to improve their physical and mental health. Twelve people (with intellectual disabilities) who use the services of RehabCare and the Brothers of Charity and who were defined as clinically obese (BMI of 30 or higher), took the decision to adopt a more healthy, positive approach to exercise through different physical activities as well as being educated on food, nutrition and diet. Over half of the participants in the project, which was commissioned in partnership by medical devices company Covidien, lost half a stone in weight, with most also reducing their BMI.

In addition to diet and exercise, a focus was placed on the importance of good mental health and its link to physical health, through activities such as a well-being programme, reflexology, polarity and cooking demonstrations amongst others. Each participant carried out a cardiovascular screening assessment at the beginning and end of the programme through Croí.

James Coughlan embraced the lifestyle changes that he made during the project, “I lost half a stone so I am delighted. I learned alot about making good decisions like not eating lots of sweet food at social gatherings just because it is there in front of me. I have a lot of support at home and that really helps me. I’m active now and I’m going to keep that up.”

Speaking at the presentation of certificates in the RehabCare resource centre in Liosbán Business Park, Lars Schabelski, Regional Manager, RehabCare said: “We are delighted with the success of the Sláinte Health Project and we would like to thank Covidien for providing the funding. There were new experiences for many people such as aqua aerobics, walking football, cooking demonstrations, laughing yoga, polarity and reflexology to name a few. It is easy to see the results in the participants, from weight loss to increased stamina, fitness, co-ordination, improvements in their demeanour and also the sense of pride they have in committing to a programme and seeing it through. To mark their achievement, everyone who took part today received a ‘healthy’ reward such as swimming classes and walking football classes, chosen by each participant to help them to sustain and maintain the positive changes that they have made in their lives.”

In partnership with the HSE, RehabCare provides programmes on independent living, community integration and personal development, as well as a range of sports and leisure activities and outreach services for people in two resource centres in Liosbán Business Park and one in Casla. It also provides supported accommodation, as well as day services and residential services for people with an acquired brain injury and Asperger’s Syndrome.

RehabCare would like to thank the following for their support: Croí, Galway Kettlebells, Catherine Keane (reflexology), Norah Coyne (reflexology), Green Earth Organics, King Fisher Renmore, On the Road Again, Cepta Mahon, GMIT, McInernery Sports in Oranmore, Myles Flaherty (Personal Trainer), Conor Geoghegan (Drama Facilitator), Brian McGinley (Laughing Yoga) and Keenaghan Research and Communication.

For more information please contact:
Gillian McNamee, RehabCare: 086 0206913

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