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Health and physical activity festival for farmers

Cork Sports Partnership has teamed up with Teagasc in west Cork to host a health and physical activity festival.

Organisers have taken inspiration from the Farmers on the Moove programme currently running for farmers in West Cork.

The event will take place at Clonakilty Agricultura College on Sunday, November 21st, 2021, between 2 pm and 5 pm. It is open to farmers in west Cork and their families.

Health and physical activity festival

Organisers explained the afternoon will involve activity and educational inputs from health, sport, and physical activity providers to encourage farmers and their families to live happier and healthier lives.

Health screenings & advice, sports tasters such as boxing, rowing and table tennis, and physical activity and healthy eating demos are all part of the afternoon.

Farmers on the Moove seeks to support and kick-start a farmer’s health and wellbeing journey through increased physical activity and an improved diet.

The programme commenced in September and is running weekly each Thursday for over 30 farmers.

The Cork Sports Partnership, with the support of the health promotion and improvement department, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare and some local sport and physical activity providers are now providing a chance for other farmers and their families to get involved by inviting them to attend the festival.

Fun, social and informative 

Speaking about the event, Claire Hurley, programmes manager with Cork Sports Partnership, said:

“We are delighted to be able to host this event with the support of Teagasc and the local health promotion and improvement team.”

“The event promises to be fun, social and informative. It will provide those living in the West Cork area with information on how to stay active and healthy.”

Health promotion officer, Clare Deasy, added:

“We know that compared to other occupational groups in Ireland, farmers experience a disproportionate burden of health problems related to heart disease, cancer and mental health.”

“Traditionally, farmers often prioritise the welfare of the farm. They overlook the most vital element of good farming – themselves.”

Furthermore, she said programmes such as Farmers on the Moove are crucial to supporting farmers to “stay fit for farming”.

“Farmers and their families learn more about how to live healthier lives. These programmes also provide fantastic opportunities to create meaningful connections within local communities.”

Several activities, taster sessions and information inputs by local health, sport and physical activity providers will take place, including:

  • Short local walk;
  • HSE screening & advice;
  • Exercise sessions;
  • Sports tasters (table tennis, soccer);
  • Play activities for kids.
Book your place

Pre-booking is essential for the event, and limited places are available. To find out more and to book a place visit the Cork Sports Partnership website.

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