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Integrated Exercise Practitioner – Mental Health(x3 Part-Time roles)

The Exercise Effect provides a prescriptive, professionally led and community-based physical activity interventions for people with mental health difficulties in Co. Wexford. As an employee of Mental Health Ireland the IEP-MH will be coordinated by the local sports partnership in Wexford, Sports Active Wexford, to work specifically with local HSE mental health services in the…
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Does the Olympic Games increase population physical activity?

Author: Prof Niamh Murphy, Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, School of Health Sciences, Waterford Institute of Technology As the Tokyo Olympic Games began, a small celebration was taking place amongst physical activity researchers as the medical journal, the Lancet, published an issue dedicated to physical activity. One of the papers in the series was…
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The Lancet: Experts call for urgent action to improve physical activity worldwide

Editorial: PA is an essential human need beyond and independent of COVID-19 Worldwide progress to improve physical activity has stalled; overall deaths associated with inactivity remain at more than 5 million people per year. Exercise during lockdown was considered an essential activity by many governments world wide, just as much as food, shelter and seeking…
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Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions on Sport and Recreational Walking- Findings from Q1 Irish Sports Monitor (ISM)

Authors: Brian Doyle (Sport Ireland) Introduction Sport and recreational activities have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant restrictions.  As recently as April 2021, travel was limited to within 5km of your own home whilst sporting organisations, and facilities remained closed. In the context of these challenges the Irish Sports Monitor (ISM) quarter…
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Job Opportunities: Limerick Sports Partnership- Active Cities

Limerick Sports Partnership Job Opportunities Sport Ireland Active Cities In 2018 the WHO developed a Global Action Plan for Physical Activity (GAPPA) which provides a shared vision of more active people for a healthier world and sets goals to achieve a 10% decreased in physical inactivity by 2025 and 15% by 2030. It has four…
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The WHO ReINVENT & ReBUILD Webinar Series: All you need to know

Where was this webinar series conceptualised? COVID-19 has had a huge influence on how, when and where people can be physically active. The pandemic has increased the global awareness on the importance of PA for mental and physical health, yet it has also revealed and accelerated widening inequities. Now is the time to use COVID-19…
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‘What does I-PARC mean for me and/or my organisation?’: The Project Team testimonies

The I-PARC research project is approaching the end of its funding and we are delighted to announce that the knowledge-user partners have been successful in securing funding which will kick-in after the HRB grant expiry date (April 2021). Undisputedly, the project team envisage I-PARC as a ‘real-world laboratory’ that has ‘brought to life the intersection…
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An Integrated Exercise Practitioner in Wexford’s Mental Health Service: A changing landscape

Dr Evan Matthews, Waterford Institute of Technology & Anna Flynn, Sports Active Wexford (Local Sports Partnership) and Wexford Mental Health Services (HSE) on behalf of the Exercise Effect Steering Committee. Internationally, the role of exercise practitioners working as part of multi-disciplinary mental health teams has seen rapid development, reflecting an overall mounting body of evidence…
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New Position: I-PARC Coordinator- National Sports Development Organisation

As the I-PARC HRB applied partnership award funding is coming to an end (March 2021), the national sports development organisation, government departments, HSE and Healthy Ireland have come together to offer a Full-Time position for an I-PARC coordinator for a 2 year period. The coordinator would be employed on a 2-year agency contract on a HEO…
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I-PARC delivers workshop to FAU Germany Physical Activity Group

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