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Irish Life Health Schools’ Fitness Challenge

Irish Life Health Schools’ Fitness Challenge is launching Monday, 27th January. Now entering its ninth year, over 200,000 students have participated in the Irish Life Health Schools’ Fitness Challenge making it the largest national longitudinal surveillance study on the fitness of secondary school children in Ireland. As severe anxiety and depression increase in Irish teenagers (http://myworldsurvey.ie/), this year’s challenge is even more important than ever and aims to highlight the positive impact exercise has on mental health.

For that reason, the Schools’ Fitness Challenge invites secondary schools throughout the country to join us in highlighting the importance of fitness to our future health and to make increasing physical activity a national priority. The aim is that young people will adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle, which will positively benefit their long term health. Irish Life Health is committed to supporting the Schools’ Fitness Challenge as it continues to be rolled out across Ireland this year, working in close partnership with Dublin City University.

The Launch

Where:

St. Stephen’s Green Band Stand, entrance via Harcourt St.

Who:
- Prof. Niall Moyna from the Centre for Preventive Medicine at DCU who oversees the Challenge
- Prof. Barbara Dooley, Senior Lecturer UCD and Principal Investigator of the My World Survey
- Thomas Barr, campaign ambassador, Olympian hurdler
- Mary-Kate Slattery, campaign ambassador, amateur boxer

When:
Monday 27th January 10.30am

Links:
Get involved in the Schools Fitness Challenge by visiting www.irishlifehealth.ie/fitnesschallenge


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