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Sláinte Health Project Launched in Galway

25/06/2014 Sláinte Health Project Launched in Galway

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An innovative new personal toolkit that helps people with intellectual disabilities maintain good physical and mental health was launched yesterday by RehabCare in partnership with medical devices company Covidien.
The Sláinte Health Project is targeted to enable the people who use the services of RehabCare and the Brothers of Charity to adapt a healthy, positive approach to lifestyle through different physical activities, as well as being educated on food, nutrition and diet. All 12 participants taking part are defined as clinically obese (BMI of 30 or higher) and it is hoped that their BMI will be reduced following the three month programme.

In addition to diet and exercise, RehabCare has placed a focus for this project on the importance of good mental health and its link to physical health, through activities such as the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) programme, reflexology, reiki, cooking demonstrations amongst others. Each participant will carry out a cardiovascular screening assessment at the beginning and end of the programme through Croí. The participants were joined by family and friends at the launch in a bid to spread the positive approach throughout the Galway community.

Speaking at the launch in the RehabCare resource centre in Liosbán Business Park, Lars Schabelski, Regional Manager, RehabCare said: “We are very grateful to Covidien for providing the funding for the Sláinte Health Project as it has given us a unique opportunity to look at how we can improve the health and wellbeing of the people we support in our services in RehabCare. The programme takes a physical, dietary and holistic approach, while also taking into account the individual needs of each participant.”

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 has supported accommodation, as well as services and residential accommodation for people with an acquired brain injury and Asperger’s Syndrome.

RehabCare would like to thank the following businesses for their support: Croí, Galway City Partnership, 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), Brian McGinley (Laughing Yoga) and Keenaghan Research and Communication.

ENDS
For more information please contact:
Gillian McNamee, RehabCare: gillian.mcnamee@rehabcare.ie

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