Vhi, in partnership with the Irish Youth Foundation, celebrated the successful completion of the ‘Run for Fun’ programme by 12 young people from the Just Ask Youth Group this weekend. ‘Run for Fun’ is a programme developed by Vhi in partnership with the Irish Youth Foundation, to encourage young people living in rural and vulnerable communities in Ireland to get involved in parkrun and to embrace the benefits offered through running.
12 young people who took part in the programme were awarded medals at Fairview parkrun on Saturday 9 March for taking part in the programme. The group spent eight weeks training, building up their fitness level and learning about healthy eating. As part of the programme, there was also a nutritional element, so the young people could learn about and taste healthy food options. The goal throughout the programme was for the young people to complete a 5k parkrun which they did on at Fairview parkrun in Dublin last weekend.
Vhi actively encourages people to lead fitter, healthier and happier lives and the ‘Run for Fun’ programme is helping deliver upon this promise.
The young people are recruited for the programme through their local youth clubs, given support on training and nutrition and additional encouragement as they build up their fitness levels.
The ‘Run for Fun’ programme has been rolled out in Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork and Galway to empower and build the self-esteem of young people through a fitness and nutrition programmes with running at its heart.
Taking part in regular physical activity can have a positive impact on your overall health and wellbeing. Research shows that Irish young people are not taking enough exercise, and this can be especially true of young people growing up in disadvantaged areas. The Irish Youth Foundation and Vhi wanted to put in place a programme that would help to encourage more young people to exercise and to ensure that they enjoyed participating with the end goal of completing a parkrun.
To date more than 70 young people have participated in the Run for Fun programme.
Kim Tully and her Siberian Husky Yoshi are regulars at Hartstown parkrun in Dublin. By her own admission, Kim was inactive and looking for ways to make new friends. Eventually she plucked up the courage to go to her local parkrun and now Saturday mornings for Kim and Yoshi are a whole family affair….
Name: John Molloy Age: 76 Occupation: Retired Accountant Local parkrun: Kilkenny Number of parkruns completed: 201 How did I get involved in parkrun? I retired in 2011. One of the things I was sure I wanted to do was to get more exercise. My son challenged me to take part in the Nore swim…