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Healthy Club Project

 

 

 

 

 

Contact : Midletongaahealthyclubproject@gmail.com

May 2017

The Health & Wellbeing Committee would like to thank most sincerely all those who woke up early and took part in Darkness Into Light walk last Saturday morning.  It was absolutely fantastic to see so many of our club members especially our juvenile members some as young as 5!! You were part of an army of over 150,000 participants across 150 venues around the world you all should be so proud of your achievement - each of us bringing comfort and solidarity to those bereaved by suicide in our community and raising much needed funds for Pieta House to continue the wonderful work that they do.  Many thanks to Paul O’Meara, Ingrid Connaugton, Tracy Saunderson, Coleman Quirke, Shane Goulding, Ruth Walsh, Mary Quinn and Sheila Kelly your help over the past few weeks is very much appreciated.  Pieta House can be contacted on 021-4341400 or www.pietahouse.ie.

 

 

 

April 2017

To help celebrate Lá na gClubanna Midleton Gaa, Ladies Football & Camogie Clubs will take part as a team in Pieta House Darkness Into Light Walk/Run 2017.
On Saturday 6th of May at Market Green, Midleton @ 4.15am
Cost: Adult 18+ €25, Student 16+/Senior 65+/Unemployed €15 all include a free T-shirt, U16’s Free but will NOT get a T-shirt, all U16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Register on 27th April   7- 8:30pm 

 

 

 

 

 

Febuary 2017  - talk on Internet safety and cyberbullying

NEWS JUNE 2015

 
Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative opens to GAA members in 8 counties (Roscommon, Galway, Donegal,  Monaghan, Dublin, Kildare,  Tipperary, and Cork.)

This unique programme evokes and honours the values Dermot Earley epitomised and tries to foster them in a new generation of young Irish leaders.

Anyone interested in applying please check out link:

http://www.gaa.ie/community/community-development/dermot-early-youth-leadership-initiative/

 

 

news april 2015

Recently the Club launched our NUTRITION MAP , this has been distributed to the various teams from Fe12 to Minor. We would like to thank both Shane & Nicky Quill of the Owennacurra Pharmacy for their kind sponsorship of same.
Also thanks to Laura Fitzgerald and Shane Goulding for their valuable contributions.   

 

 

 

NEWS SEPTEMBER 2014

HEALTHY CLUB PROJECT WINS THE HMI NATIONAL AWARD 

Congratulations to Pearse Mc Carthy, Jerome Curtin and Gavin Power of the Midleton GAA Heathy Club Committee on their fantastic success in Dublin on Tuesday night last when their recent project "Cork Beats Stress" done in conjunction with St Finbarr's and the HSE South won the HMI Leader Award.

The award was presented on the night by the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and HMI President Derek Green.   
The Health Management Institute of Ireland launched an award, the HMI Leaders Award, earlier this year.This newly inaugurated award recognises the outstanding achievements of individuals and teams that exemplify the innovation, creativity and commitment of people working in the Irish health services.
Cork Beats Stress c/w Jennifer Hayes Department of Psychology, HSE, Cork and her colleagues adapted an innovative approach to the delivery of mental health services within the community. In collaboration with 2 local GAA clubs Midleton & St Finbarrs, she and the team were committed to teaching effective skills to reduce anxiety and depression en masse and to reach out to males in particular. With scant resources, no road map, this innovative project dared to be different, by being knitted into the fabric of the community. This pilot project aimed to educate and empower the community as to how to handle stress and manage depression.  More importantly, it aimed to break down the stigma associated with mental health issues.

 

 

 

Trip to Beaufort
Healthy Club Project team members Gavin Power, Jerome Curtin & Pearse McCarthy travelled to beautiful Beaufort near Killarney where they received a very warm welcome for an Operational Group Meeting with all the other Munster clubs involved.This is the final year of this worthwhile project. The idea of these meetings is to share ideas on how to promote Health & Well-being in our Communities. We have been working hard to promote any ideas that anyone has, be it for mental or physical health. One of the most interesting items on the agenda was the booklet we received called 'PLAY IN MY BOOTS’ which comes from the Walk in My Shoes campaign. This campaign of St. Patrick's Mental Health Foundation which raises awareness for mental health and funds to provide mental health services to vulnerable young adults.

PLAY IN MY BOOTS: A Mental Health Guide for Players, Coaches, Clubs & Communities. Our own Conor Lehane features in the booklet along with other football, ladies football,camogie and hurling stars from across the country which can be downloaded at www.playinmyboots.ie
“The more we bottle our problems up the more exaggerated they can become in our own head, its okay to tell someone you are not okay"
Conor Lehane  - Midleton, Cork & UCC Hurler
It is an interesting guide for all as it focuses on mental fitness for ages 12-17, club & college players, teams & tips for coaches.

 

 

CARDIAC SCREENING

The club was a hive of activity with our newest and youngest Magpies taking to the field for the first time ever on Saturday last. The ladies in the club shop selling Magpie merchandise were kept on their toes and also anyone serving complimentary teas & coffees were kept going throughout the morning.The lounge and hall had the bowl players milling in and out all day also.

As part of our Healthy Club Project (HCP) we ran a Cardiac Screening Day in Midleton GAA on Sat 29th March so we just about squeezed in as well.
Healthcare Screening Ireland (www.hcsi.ie) ran the screening providing both a nurse and a doctor on the day which was open to everyone in the community.
We were delighted to be able to offer this at a very much reduced price of €49.95. We got very positive feedback from anyone who attended on the day.

The following was provided on the day:

  •     Resting ECG (Electrocardiogram)
  •     Blood Pressure Measurement
  •     Lung Function Test (Spirometry Test)
  •     BMI (Body Mass Index

Also with this, all Cardiac Screening is reviewed by a Cardiologist.

Midleton's  HCP is very conscious of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome so we would again encourage all to register in the event of providing a Cardiac Screening day in the future.

 

Midleton GAA's Healthy Club Project: Promoting Health & Well-being For Everyone In The Community

 

 

Miriam of the Midleton Healthy Club meets Hector at the All Ireland Club Finals in Croke Park

 

 

March 2014

CARDIAC SCREENING NOW AVAILABLE

Please find details attached of the Cardiac Screening jointly organised by Healthcare Screening Ireland and the Midleton GAA Healthy Club team.

This is open to all members and non members of the club, participants under the age of 18 will require our consent form signed by a Parent or Guardian.
Please note that it's limited to 40 people on the day, so early booking is advised.

Details of the Screening involves the following;
Health Questionnaire to assess family history & current state of health
Resting ECG Electrocardiogram
Medical Exam with a Doctor
Blood Pressure Measurement
Lung Function Test Spirometry Test
BMI Body Mass Index
Health Report
Reviewed by Consultant Cardiologist

Date : 29th March 2014 Time : 9am to 5pm
Venue : Midleton GAA Club

RESERVE YOUR SCREENING NOW
Contact : Orla Ryan, Healthcare Screening Ireland. Tel: 01 6297470 info@hcsi.ie www.hcsi.ie

PRE PAYMENT REQUIRED. ALL DEBIT/ CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED.
COST : €49.95
 

 

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March 2014

Walking & Running Group 

What about our new walking and running groups !! Why not come along & join either our new walking or running group.
Starting Wednesday 12th Mar @ 7.30pm, from the Midleton GAA club.
Meet some new people; enjoy some outdoor exercise and best of all its FREE.
Contact Jerome Curtin on 0872100989 for further details.

We recently held a very successful Anti-Bullying Course over two nights, for our boys Fe 15 and Fe 16 teams, along with the girls Fe 16 football team. Club member John Dennigan ran the course, which gave the kids useful information on the various types of bullying, how severely it can affect people and strategies for coping with the issue.
A big thank you to John for kindly sharing his time and knowledge and also to the kids who participated in the course. We have no doubt it was a positive and worthwhile experience for all.

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Stress Control Launch The HSE South and the GAA Join Forces to Help Tackle Stress

A First In Ireland

Jan 08th 2014

Fierce rivals Midleton & St Finbarr's GAA clubs were united in launching their Stress Control course in conjunction with the HSE in Pairc Ui Rinn on Wednesday last.

Not knowing what to expect considering this was a very first for Ireland with a sporting organisation and the HSE combining forces it can be said without a shadow of doubt it was a great success with over sixty five invited guests attending.

To start the launch Dr Jennifer Hayes explained precisely what stress is and how everyone experiences it at some time or another in their lives. Jennifer gave a very concise account of what the Stress Control course entails.

Yvonne Finn Orde, General Manager, spoke on behalf of the HSE. Tracey Kennedy, PRO, then, spoke on behalf of Cork GAA.

Special guest, Conor Cusack, spoke very eloquently and honestly about stress, anxiety and depression. He spoke about the GAA and how it’s not just about playing hurling and football, the GAA is all about community and not just about your top players but right down to the person in your club who helps out in whatever capacity.

Minister Kathleen Lynch was our last speaker and officially launched the Stress Control course, There was an obvious positive vibe in the room afterwards which was very evident in whoever you spoke to. Our sincerest thanks to all the aforementioned.

A big thank you to those players who donned the Cork jersey over the years in attendance, these included John Fenton, Diarmuid O'Sullivan. Joe Deane, Gerald McCarthy & Eoin Cadogan, all taking the time out to support this all important initiative. Thanks also to former GAA President Christy Cooney for attending.

Present on the day from Midleton GAA's Healthy Club Project team were Jerome Curtin, Gavin Power, Michael Walsh, Cllr.Pat Buckley. Also in the audience was club member John Dennigan of Foroige. Thanks lads.

Special thanks to the HSE staff of Dr.Rosarie Crowley, Yvonne O'Brien, Ger Hannon & Peter Dineen. From Croke Park we thank Colin Regan and especially Stacy Cannon for the fantastic work she did in coordinating things between the clubs and the HSE.

It’s very important, just to add that this course is not just exclusively for GAA people, this is available to anyone over the age of 18 from all walks of life and areas outside of Midleton. As we have said in the past Midleton GAA's Healthy Club

Project is about Promoting Health & Well-being for Everyone in the Community. To see what else we have been doing click on our Healthy Club Project tab on the main page of www.midletongaa.com

Stress Control will be held on 6 consecutive Wednesday evenings from January 29th – 5th March (inclusive) from 7.30 – 9pm.

People who wish to attend have a choice of venue and can either register to do the course in Midleton Park Hotel, Cork Rd., Midleton or St. Finbarr's GAA Club,Neenan Park, Togher, Cork.

For information or to book a place on this course please email your name, contact phone number & address along with your preferred location to:

CorkBeatsStress@hse.ie

OR call:

086 7871016

So far we have had a great response to the course. I would like to thank everyone involved for making this a success.

Pearse McCarthy

Healthy Club Project Leader

IS FEARR AN tSLÁINTE NÁ NA TÁINTE

 

Gavin Power, Pearse McCarthy and Jerome Curtin

 

Stress Control course launch

 

Feeling Stressed?

Finding it hard to sleep?

Worried?

Under pressure?

 

If the answer to some of these questions is ‘yes’ then you might be interested to know about Stress Control.

 

Stress Control is a free, six week evening course which will teach participants the skills to manage and tackle stress more effectively. It is open to anyone who is experiencing stress in their life. This is particularly relevant in the current economic climate due to a whole host of factors such as unemployment, studying for exams, parenting, pressure keeping up with bills, pressures at work and so forth. Many of these factors are unavoidable, however Stress Control teaches participants the tools to manage stress and to improve overall well-being. The research shows that Stress Control works and feedback from people who have done the course already is exceptionally good!

 

The course will run for six consecutive Wednesday evenings, starting on January 29th 2014.  Participants can either choose to do the course in Midleton Park Hotel, Midleton, Co. Cork OR in St. Finbarr’s GAA Club, Togher, Cork. Classes are very easy to follow and booklets outlining how to control stress will accompany each session.  Participants will not be asked to talk about their problems or asked any personal questions. The course takes a lecture format and is open to anyone over the age of 18 and from all walks of life. Partners and friends of people experiencing stress are also welcome, as long as they register their place in advance. Stress Control is aimed at helping anybody who is experiencing stress in their life and will be delivered by highly experienced and qualified Clinical Psychologists. This initiative is being delivered by the HSE and is supported by the GAA.

 

Stress Control will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 – 9pm, January 29th 2014 to 5th March 2014. You can choose to this course either at Midleton Park Hotel, Midleton, Co. Cork OR at St. Finbarr’s GAA, Togher, Cork.

 

For information or to book a place on this course, please email your name, contact phone number, address along with your preferred location to:

 

CorkBeatsStress@hse.ie

 

OR call:

 

086 7871016

 

 

 

'A man is at his strongest when he is willing to be vulnerable’.


The following link below is a very heart rendering story. It's Conor Cusack's, Cloyne hurler, story on his battle with depression. Conor mentions his panic attacks, feelings of despair & hopelessness and how he thought suicide was the answer.
Congratulations to Conor in having the courage to tell his story giving us all inspiration. Well done & thanks Conor for your permission to put this on our website.


http://ccusack111.blogspot.ie/2013/10/depression-is-friend-not-my-enemy_28.html

    MIDLETON HEALTHY CLUB PROJECT 2013

 

 


Last Saturday (June 15th) we announced the winners of our Healthy Club Project slogan competition. We got a great response to the competition and we thank everyone who entered.
After careful deliberation we decided on the slogan 'Is fearr an sláinte ná na táinte'.Our winners are Samuel Judd and James Murphy, well done lads. Both boys received a prize of a €35 voucher each from our club shop. We would like to give special thanks to Múinteoir Edel who encouraged her class to enter the competition. Thanks to our Cork players Conor Lehane & Luke Farrell for giving their time to meet the lads Saturday morning.
We have had lots of ideas coming into us from parents and members regarding health initiatives. We will pressing on with some of these ideas over the next while. The winning slogan is :
IS FEARR NA SLÁINTE NÁ NA TÁINTE

Pictured: Cork players Conor Lehane & Luke O Farrell  with Cormac Quirke(Juvenile Club chairman) & winners James Murphy & Samuel Judd

 

Midleton GAA ASAP programme

 

23/12/13                    

As part of the Gaa's ASAP Programme we have a couple of events starting in the new year. Firstly we are running a ' Life Skills & Health Promotion Programme, this programme is specifically for our Fe 15 & 16 boys. Also included in this is the Midleton Ladies football team. The course will be run over four weeks( 1night a week)
The course will touch on a health & life skills. We plan to make the course interactive with a fun element to it.
Gordon Kinsley (Development Worker) & John Dennigan (Foroige) will run the course.. Gordon has been a great friend to the club and has helped us out greatly in the past. John has played with the club in the past and now has offered his services to us which we are delighted with.
We will be requesting the help of the coaches of these teams to help out on these nights.
Parents will be issued with letters on same in early January

Check out: www.midletongaa.ie

 

Off The Booze & On the Ball

We will take part in this challenge for the month of February. We would encourage both players & non players to take up this challenge in the New Year.
The aim of this is to promote a healthier lifestyle and raise some cash for your team at the same time.
For more info check: www.gaa.ie/club zone/asap-programme

 

16/01/13
Week 1: LIFE SKILLS & HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAMME

 

Last Wednesday night we ran the first part of the ASAP Course entitled: 'Life Skills & Health PromotionProgramme in the Midleton Gaa's new Committee Room and ball alley which we can say wholeheartedly was a success. 
Gordon Kinsley was our guest speaker on the night and once again he didn't leave us down with a very interactive evening which engaged all who attended.
Gordon touched on the subjects of both Drugs & Alcohol. He explained there was no right or wrong answers to the questions that he asked- I think this made everyone feel more at ease when giving their opinion/answer.
The groups were split in two then swapping - one group with Gordon and the other with selectors Johnny Mulcahy,Martin McConville, Mick Franklin & Pa Beausang who played some fun ball games in the ball alley.
Well done to both the Fe 15 & 16 boys selectors and Ladies Football Secretary,Mags McAvoy who encouraged their teams to attend.
In attendance from the Ladies Football Selectors we had Jimmy McAvoy & Willie Madden.
Thanks to all the aforementioned boys & girls selectors who participated. Also thanks to Tommy Foley Aghada ASAP Officer for accepting our invitation to attend.
Thanks to Willie Madden who has organised Sean McGowan (Atlantic Ocean Rower), who will chat to our young stars in our 2nd week of the course.
Of course not forgetting a special thanks to both the boys & girls for their attendance. We look forward to seeing you all again next Thursday night (24th), same venue but something different.

 


24/01/13
Week 2: LIFE SKILLS & HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAMME

 

We ran our second week of our ASAP Course for the fe 15/16 boys & the fe 16 girls on Wednesday last.
Gordon Kinsley once again ran the course with groups of both the girls & boys debating what are acceptable behaviour relating to issues & scenarios involving Drugs & Alcohol. Factual information was provided so an interesting debate followed with every individual challenging themselves what acceptable behaviour is.
Thanks again to Gordon whose knowledge and support with this course has been invaluable.

 

For part two of the evening we welcomed our guest speaker: Atlantic Ocean Rower, Sean McGowan. Sean told us his fascinating story about his successful solo attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean. Obviously this challenge was a huge one but Sean was able to relate his epic story back to life in general and playing sport. He explained to the players that they will all face challenges going into adulthood and that you should always challenge yourself in life & sport.
His story was one of bravery, sadness, self belief, determination which was also dotted with humour (at Sean's expense)
Sean will be releasing a book on his story in May which I'm sure will be a great read. It's not everyday you meet a person like Sean McGowan with the drive & belief which he enthused everyone with, so we thank Sean for his time & interest he showed in us all.
(Additional info on book to follow soon)

Once again thanks our guests & selectors who attended but more importantly thanks to our young stars.
Hope to see everyone again on Wednesday 30th January @7pm in the Club.

 

30/01/13
Week 3:  Life Skills & Health Promotion Programme

The third part of our ASAP Programme was held in the club last Wednesday night and once again our guest speaker was Gordon Kinsley.
Gordon explained how the brain reacts to both Drugs & Alcohol, he then showed a short DVD on these topics.
The crowd were lively as usual, some more entertaining than others.... We thank you for your time along with Gordon and also for his expertise.
The fourth and final part of our course is on this Wednesday 6th February @7pm. This time we welcome John Dennigan of Foroige to talk to our young ladies & gentlemen
Any girls & boys in the fe 15/16 age groups are very welcome even if you have not attended already.
We would be delighted if parents could come along when we award certificates to our young attendees. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.
Hope to see you there.


06/02/13
Week 4: Life Skills & Health Promotion Programme.

Last Wednesday, February 06, was the last evening of our course. Once again it was well attended by both the ladies and the lads.
On this occasion we welcomed John & Dee Dennigan both of Foroige.
We had the use of both committee rooms where mixed groups were split in two, Dee with one group and John with the other then swapping over. Dee spoke on the subjects of drugs & alcohol. Part of this was about the identification of what is considered to be a drug and what constitutes as being a drug.
John's theme for the evening was on team-building which involved games which involved everyone in groups bringing leaders to the fore. John also spoke to the attendees on leadership and how everyone should be respected equally, be it your teammates, opponents & officials etc.
The evening once again was very interactive which only worked due to enthusiastic involvement of everyone. We thank John & Dee for their excellent participation and expertise. Thanks to Gordon Kinsley also who arrived where certificates were awarded to all our young attendees. Also special thanks to the parents who attended for the awarding of certificates.
This four week course proved to be very interactive with a lot learned over this time.
The aim of this ASAP programme was to educate our players on drugs & alcohol along with life skills. There was never any lecturing involved, just an education on how to make informed choices.
Finally, thanks to everyone overall who attended & participated over the four weeks especially the Fe15/16 Hurlers & Footballers & the Fe16 Ladies Footballers.

All the best to all these teams in the coming year.
www.midletongaa.com

 

Healthy club project posters

 

Keep an eye out for our Healthy Club Project posters around town!

 

Weight management programme

 

A Weight management programme being run by Ruth Reidy, a qualified Clinical Nutritionist/Dietitian & member of the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (I.N.D.I.)

 

Thursday January 16th 2014 until March 6th, 7.45-8.45pm.

Cost is €80 for 8 weeks payable at week 1.

 

· Weekly Weight checks in private; no special bars/shakes so no hidden costs; support & help from the group; with so much misleading information out there this is your chance to get the right answers about how to look after your weight and finally sort out the truth from the myths!

· Each week we will cover topics that are important for reducing weight. E.G.: Healthy Eating and reducing weight meal plans, healthy lifestyle, reading food labels, food preparation, how our thoughts influence our lifestyle, our shopping trolley,  to name but a few….! A Starter pack is given at Week 1 and written information will be  given each week.

· To book a place, just ring or email me or use the Contact section of the website. Tel: 087-2385230. Email: ruth@nutrition4u.ie. Website:www.nutrition4u.ie

 · If you feel a Group is not for you, 1-1 appointments are available  at the Nutrition4u Clinic in Midleton and in the  Livinghealth Centre, Mitchelstown.

 

 

download section

 

In the Download section you can download information on the following topics listed below. Follow the link below the list.

 

1: Cocaine The Facts
2: Know the facts about drugs
3: Legal or illegal Highs - anything but safe
4: Straight Talk, a guide for parents on teenage drinking
5 :Legal or illegal Highs- parent info

 

index.cfm/page/downloadforms

 

SUN PROTECTION FOR HEALTHY SKIN

 

SAFE SUN… SAFE FUN!

It’s extremely easy to look out our windows most days at the unpredictable Irish summer and laugh at the idea of sun protection. While it might not be hot enough to show off our legs in our favourite pair of shorts and we still find ourselves throwing the rainjacket into our bags, we are still at risk of sun damage.

The sun radiates light to the earth, and part of that light consists of invisible ultraviolet (UV) rays, which penetrate the skin and can cause sunburn, premature aging, wrinkles, eye damage (cataracts) and skin cancer. Therefore it is extremely important to always protect your skin against UV rays whether you’re braving the Irish summer or jetting off to a sunny location abroad.

How can you protect your skin?

* Always wear an SPF on exposed skin. When buying sun cream, check the bottle and make sure it offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

* SPF should always be applied twenty minutes before you go out into the sun for the best protetion aganst UV rays.

* On very hot days, SPF should be reapplied every 2 – 3 hours.

* Protect your eyes. Always wear a pair of UV-blocking sunglasses when you’re outside. Eyelids and the skin around your eyes are common sites for skin cancer and sun-related aging. Sunglasses also help reduce the risk of cataracts.

* Cover up. Wearing tightly woven fabrics and darkly colored clothes will block more UV rays than wearing thinner, lighter-colored fabrics. If you can see light through a material, UV rays can get through too.

* Think like the Mad Hatter. You can help prevent skin cancer on sensitive areas such as ears, scalp, face and neck by wearing a broad-brimmed hat. It’s never fun being nicknamed Rudolph on a hot summers day.
 

By Emma Goldspring.

 

Life Skills & Health Promotion CERT‏ification

 


As part of the Gaa's ASAP Programme we have a couple of events starting in the new year. Firstly we are running a ' Life Skills & Health Promotion Programme, this programme is specifically for our Fe 15 & 16 boys. Also included in this is the Midleton Ladies football team. The course will be run over four weeks( 1night a week)

The course will touch on a health & life skills. We plan to make the course interactive with a fun element to it.

Gordon Kinsley (Development Worker) & JohnDennigan (Foroige) will run the course.. Gordon has been a great friend to the club and has helped us out greatly in the past. John has played with the club in the past and now has offered his services to us which we are delighted with.

We will be requesting the help of the coaches of these teams to help out on these nights.

Parents will be issued with letters on same in early January

 

 

Mercy Hospital Fun Walk & Healthy Club Project

 

On Saturday next the 27th of April at 2pm Midleton GAA are holding a Fun Walk to provide much needed funds for the Mercy Hospital Foundation. All Juvenile players, parents, adult players and club members are welcome to take part in the walk. Juvenile players that take part in the walk will receive a branded wristband. All funds raised on the day will go to the Mercy Foundation. We would ask parents to bring sandwiches, scones etc to the club, these will be required after the walk. Meet at the club at 1.30pm. The walk will take 45mins approx. Refreshments will be served in the club hall afterwards.

The walk will be followed by the launch of Midleton GAA's Healthy Club Project with you & your family our main interest. There will be information on Nutrition & Diet, Holistic Health, Healthy Heart and Physical fitness tips. We will also have a visit from John Murphy of Murphy's Pharmacy who will advise on health in general.

Also on the day we will have access to the gym for any parents who wish to see how our club facilities are growing and how the monies from fundraising are used. We would be grateful if you would complete and reply to the club health survey via a link on the club website www.midletongaa.com

 

 

 

 

 Before Launch

Pat Buckley (Lets Get Together Suicide Foundation) with Laura Fitzgerald (Healthy Club Project Team Member) Just before HCP Launch

Shirley O Shea (HSE) speaking at HCP Launch

Midleton named ‘Off the Booze and On the Ball’ Munster winners

The Midleton Club, Cork, has been selected as the Leinster provincial winners of the GAA’s inaugural ‘Off the Booze and On the Ball’ health challenge. Over 250 clubs registered for the health challenge at www.gaa.ie/asap with an estimated 2,500 participants taking up the ‘Pint Sized Challenge’ of abstaining from alcohol for the month of January. The challenge was designed to help GAA members’ kick-start their New Year on a healthy footing. Participants were also encouraged to partake in enough exercise during the month to ensure they achieved their recommended weekly activity levels, while clubs were asked to celebrate the conclusion of the challenge by running a health-related event in their local community.

Members of the Association were issued the challenge by Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Criostóir Ó Cuana, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Róisín Shortall, at its launch in Croke Park in November 2012. The event was driven by the Association’s Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Programme – a joint initiative with the HSE that aims to reduce the harm caused by the misuse of alcohol and other substances.

The four provincial winning clubs – Erin’s Isle, Dublin; Kinvara, Galway; Currin, Monaghan; and Midleton, Cork – were in Croke Park on Wednesday to celebrate their successful participation in the event and to receive details of their prize – a training session with a high performance coach or a sports nutritionist. All clubs that registered at www.gaa.ie/asap were in with a chance of winning.

Everyone who registered was issued with an extensive information pack that included advice on how to engage with alcohol in a safe and healthy way, as well as practical tips on how to achieve recommended weekly activity levels and advice on diet and nutrition. The feedback from clubs has been extremely positive with the fundraising element of the challenge an obvious incentive in these challenging times.

Colin Regan, National Coordinator of the ASAP programme, said: “Our aim with ‘Off the Booze and On the Ball’ was to enhance the health promotion our clubs already engage in week in week out while putting out a subtle message about the importance of looking at our alcohol intake as part of a holistic approach to health and well-being. The success of this inaugural campaign was largely due to the work of our 32 County ASAP Officers, the willingness of County Boards to push and promote it, and the enthusiasm with which clubs embraced it. We hope it will become a part of the annual GAA calendar and encourage more clubs to take up the challenge in 2013.”

Pearse McCarthy, Páraic Duffy, Nial Crossan, Dara Smith, Conor Mortimer, Ben Clerkin and Riosin Shortall

Pearse McCarthy, Riosin Shortall and Conor Mortimer

 

Midleton gaa's healthy club project - survey

Below is a survey for the Healthy Club Project. In the survey we ask you to answer a number of questions and these are all kept anonymous. The information gathered from this survey will give us a better back ground on what we are trying to do. Get Healthier!!

 

Midleton GAA Healthy Club Survey

 

the aim of the healthy club project

 

The aim of the Project is to assist GAA clubs to respond to thehealth needs of their club members and provide a positive influence on the wider community we serve.

 

Below are some of the areas of health we hope to promote in Midleton GAA Club :

·         Healthy eating & diet

·         Drug & Alcohol awareness

·         Mental Well-being & resilience development

·         Suicide prevention

·         Promotion of health & well-being through physical activities

·         Activities for older & non playing members

 

We were one of eighteen clubs in Ireland picked after sending in our 'Expression of Interest Form' to Croke Park.

There was two mentor clubs on the day, St. Finbarrs of Cork and St. Peters of Warrenpoint who gave very comprehensive presentations on the benefits that they have gotten from participating in the Healthy Cub Project. Both mentor clubs gave us their ideas on how to strive to become a healthy club.

Along with the GAA's ASAP programme (alcohol substance abuse prevention) which we have up and running over the last couple of years we welcome this new initiative which has a very broad appeal to everyone.

We plan to form a Project Team over the next couple of weeks.We will get as much assistance needed from Croke Park which is a great help.

We'll be taking small steps to start by identifying areas where we can promote health & well-being and also we will do our best to improve what we are presently doing well.

 

GAA Healthy Club Project Launch

 

Pearse McCarthy & Jerome Curtin both travelled to Croke park on the 11th March to attend the launch of the GAA's Healthy Club Project. This new project was launched by Uachtaran CLG Liam O'Neill and Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health Tony Holohan.

 

The aim of the Project is to assist GAA clubs to respond to the health needs of their club members and provide a positive influence on the wider community we serve.

 

Below are some of the areas of health we hope to promote in Midleton GAA Club :

·         Healthy eating & diet

·         Drug & Alcohol awareness

·         Mental Well-being & resilience development

·         Suicide prevention

·         Promotion of health & well-being through physical activities

·         Activities for older & non playing members

We were one of eighteen clubs in Ireland picked after sending in our 'Expression of Interest Form' to Croke Park.

There was two mentor clubs on the day, St. Finbarrs of Cork and St. Peters of Warrenpoint who gave very comprehensive presentations on the benefits that they have gotten from participating in the Healthy Cub Project. Both mentor clubs gave us their ideas on how to strive to become a healthy club.

Along with the GAA's ASAP programme (alcohol substance abuse prevention) which we have up and running over the last couple of years we welcome this new initiative which has a very broad appeal to everyone.

We plan to form a Project Team over the next couple of weeks.We will get as much assistance needed from Croke Park which is a great help.

We'll be taking small steps to start by identifying areas where we can promote health & well-being and also we will do our best to improve what we are presently doing well.

 

Photo 1 (Munster Photo):Munster Healthy Club Reps, taken at the official Launch in Croke Park; including back row (far right) Pearse McCarthy and Jerome Curtain (Midleton) and Front Row Mick Commyns, Claire Harrington, Janas Harrington (St Finbarrs).

 

Photo 2: John Fenton (Midleton) and Jimmy Barry Murphy (St Finbarrs) endorsing the Health Club Project

 

Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention Programme (ASAP)

 

The ASAP programme is a joint initiative from both the GAA and the HSE. The idea of this initiative is to educate us as a club regarding Drugs & Alcohol misuse. Along with this we want to promote a healthy lifestyle which can only help our present & future adult players positively. This year we won the inaugural 'Off the Booze & on the Ball Challenge' for Munster. The prize for this was getting an expert nutritionist or coach visit us in the club. Also earlier in the year we held a Drug Awareness night for our Fe 12 group in the club. We ran this concurrently with parents in one committee room and our young stars in the other. There was a lot learned from the evening which was run by Colin Regan (National ASAP Coordinator) & Gordon Kinsley (Local Drugs Community Worker). The evening was very interactive and everyone I'm sure took something positive out of it. In the coming year we will be running a four nightly course for our Fe 15 & 16 age groups. Our aim is to promote well being in both Body & Mind to help all our present juvenile players and hopefully see them advance to play at all adult levels from Junior C right up to Senior level.

As we are all aware it's a very much changing world. As a club we plan to move forward with the times. Maybe it's a lot different as regards drugs in 'what's out there today' as opposed to 25-30 years ago. Also organised was an evening with the help of Garda Sean Leahy (Castlemartyr) to meet our Juvenile Coaches. We hosted an evening where two members of the Drug Squad visited us, we held a Question & Answers style evening and I’m sure, all agreed we were a bit more knowledgeable when leaving. I feel as a club we should promote these initiatives as best we can.

I would encourage all team coaches/ managers to see the Display Stand outside the new dressing room area to take whatever information from it or request any other information they would like to see there.

If anyone has any ideas please contact the undersigned.

Thanks to the Senior & Juvenile Committees for their support. Also, special thanks to Paul Griffin for giving his time for making the aforementioned display stand.

A good jump start to the New year for our adult players and non players would be to involve themselves in 'Off the Booze & on the Ball' which will run again for the month of January. This essentially is a good way to fundraise for your team but needs the backing and support of all Managers & Selectors.

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