NUI Galway’s Healthy Heroes event will return next week, running over November 13 and November 14. This two-day event, organised by healthcare students from the Association of Medical Students Ireland (AMSI ) Galway and the University’s Paediatric Society, will focus on teaching primary and post-primary school students from around County Galway about the importance of being a “Healthy Hero”, and trying to live healthily.
Both days will consist of workshops in NUI Galway run by experts in the fields of nutrition, exercise, mental health, physiology and anatomy. The project stems from the students’ belief that Ireland’s obesity epidemic will not cure itself. In the past two decades, the numbers of overweight and obese persons in Ireland have doubled.
The first day (Tuesday, 13 November ) will focus on primary school students with a series of workshops. Second level students are invited to attend a ‘Teen Day’ on day two (Wednesday, 14 November ) for a series of workshops focusing on overall health and healthcare issues facing young people in Ireland, such as mental health promotion, alcohol and drug safety, and obesity reduction. The workshops will include:
The National Dairy Council (NDC ) talk on nutrition, including dispelling popular dieting myths
Crossfit Galway will run an exercise class specifically designed for teens
The Soar Foundation will talk about mental health; including how to recognise the signs of stress, how to seek help and some helpful coping mechanisms
Croí and Youth Work Galway will speak about the effects of drugs, alcohol and smoking and teach some practical life-saving manoeuvres