Week three of Healthy Town focusing on men’s health

Week three of The Irish Times and Pfizer Healthy Town programme ‘Men’s Health’ will focus on equipping men with the information and advice they need to look after their health. Men in Ireland experience a disproportionate burden of ill-health and their life expectancy is five years less than women.

On Wednesday, September 23, men’s health development officer, Finian Murray, will give a free public talk on these topics at the Sheraton Athlone Hotel at 7pm. Some of the advice he will be providing at the talk includes steps to reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke. 

Quitting smoking, reducing cholesterol by eating more fruit and vegetables, the benefits of 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day, avoiding stress, eating less salt, and reducing alcohol consumption are some of the steps that will be discussed by Mr Murray.

Events and activities happening during week three include: running club training in the Regional Sports Centre on Monday at 7pm; ‘Hell and Back’ training for teenagers on Monday in the Regional Sports Centre from 5pm to 5.45pm; a free spinning class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7.30am to 8.30am; a public talk with Finian Murray on Wednesday in the Sheraton Athlone Hotel at 7pm.

There will also be a public talk in the Sheraton Athlone Hotel on Thursday at 6.30pm; free health checks with the Irish Heart Foundation on Saturday in the Radisson Blu Hotel; a free parkrun in the Athlone Institute of Technology every Saturday at 9.30am; and Specsavers eye and hearing exams on Saturday from 12-5pm in the Sheraton Athlone Hotel.

A dedicated microsite for Healthy Town can be viewed at www.irishtimes.com/healthytown The site will be regularly updated with details of local events and activities taking place in Athlone. To register for any of the free public talks email [email protected] or phone (01 ) 6690165.

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