South Dublin County Council (SDCC) launched the second annual Health & Wellbeing Week today September 14th at Tallaght Stadium. The turn out was fantastic, with the conference room jam-packed full of people supporting the event.
A number of speakers took to the stage to promote various activities and projects running in conjunction with the event. First up was Catherine Darker of Healthy Ireland and Trinity College, who spoke about the HANA project (Health Assets and Needs Assessment).
The project surveyed numerous Tallaght households to gain insights to local health attitudes and found that 83% of Tallaght people do no strenuous exercise at all. It also highlighted that the top three diseases in the area are heart disease, diabetes and respiratory diseases, however highlighted that since 2001, the level of smoking decreased by 25%.
A memoradum to commit to a healthier Tallaght was also signed by Mayor Sarah Holland, SDCC Chief Executive Daniel McLoughlin, John Costello of Dublin GAA and Michael Dawson and Roland Bradley of Leinster Rugby.
The event also launched the Healthy South Dublin County Phase 1 initiative which aims to increase the proportion of people who are healthy at all stages in life, as well as the South Dublin County Libraries booklet called The Living Well, which lists free lectures promoting health and wellbeing for positive living. Additionally the first part of the SDCC 55+ Daily Activity booklet was launched, with more to come in a few months.
Mayor Sarah Holland commended all the South Dublin participants of the Special Olympics, before officially launching the start of Health and Wellbeing Week.
She said, “It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all here today to officially launch the SDCC health and Wellbeing week… with a full programme of over 70 events free to the entire community and we’re hoping to have over 10,000 of us participating in the events.” Mayor Holland congratulated the team of organisers who gave their time and assistance to making the event a reality.