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How the I-PARC Team are staying active

As we enter what feels a lot longer than Week 6 of lockdown, it can be difficult to find the motivation to keep active and healthy, but staying active is crucial to our physical and mental wellbeing in these challenging times. The I-PARC team have all been trying their best to stay active in their…
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Impact of COVID-19 on our physical activity habits.

Physical activity can be a valuable tool to continue protecting your health during this time. As we continue to self-isolate, it is important to stay physically active while in your home or within 2km of you home. Physical activity comes with a number of physical, mental and social health benefits for all ages. As the…
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Active HOME Week (27 April – 3rd May)

The Active School Flag is awarded to schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active community. The process aims to get more schools, more active, more often. National “Active SCHOOL Week” takes place every April and is a very enjoyable part of the school year for many children. This year, due to…
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Physical Activity can be Helpful during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Action is needed to promote the benefits of physical activity during the Coronavirus pandemic. This month, members of the Global Physical Activity Observatory published a brief document speaking about the four ways physical activity can be helpful during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Below we have summarised these four key ways and you can access the full…
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Online Consultation – Monitoring and Evaluation Template

Are you involved with the support, coordination or delivery of a physical activity intervention. We would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on the draft monitoring an evaluation framework for assessing the effectiveness and usefulness of physical activity interventions in Ireland. The framework is being developed for use with those involved with supporting, coordinating…
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#BeActive and Flatten the Curve

The past month has seen us change the way we study, the way we work and even the way we live. Times will be challenging for everyone, but we encourage people to be physically active within the current guidelines regarding social distancing. Our project partners, Sport Ireland, worded it nicely and stated “#BeActive and Flatten…
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Public consultation on the draft WHO Guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a pubic consultation on its draft physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines for children and adolescents, adults and older adults.  It is being conducted to enable the wider scientific and public health community, as well as end users of the final guidelines, including civil society and the community,…
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Introducing the Physical Activity for Health (PAfH) research cluster

This blog introduces the Physical Activity for Health (PAfH) research cluster at the University of Limerick (UL). The PAfH cluster is funded by the Health Research Institute (HRI) in UL and is fast approaching its 1st birthday (April 2020). The cluster aims to build a national and international hub of excellence in the area of…
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Physical Activity and Women’s Health

Thank you to Dr. Fiona Mansergh (Healthy Ireland, Department of Health) for contributing the following blog. Inactivity is one of the four major risk factors for chronic disease, along with smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and obesity. Conversely, physical activity has huge benefits. In the short term, physical activity can improve mood and feelings of wellbeing…
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Marchathon 2020

Marchathon is the annual Smarter Travel Workplaces & Campus Walking Challenge that runs in March each year. This year it is open to Workplaces & Campuses who are Partners of the Smarter Travel Campus Programme. There are lots of prizes to be won and fun to be had, so why not get your organisation involved!…
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