Last week saw the launch of the Ozanam Healthy Living programme, a month long series of community based health activities and information sessions covering a broad spectrum of health concerns and issues that we may currently, or in future, encounter in our lives.
The project will see a full programme of events, with something to suit everyone, running to Friday, November 28.
There will be practical activities for people to explore new inclusive games or physical activities that can be undertaken in the comfort of home, to body composition analysis and remedies for dealing with stress and anxiety. There will be therapists at the centre, as well as essential information and support for all types of cancer, healthy nutrition, relaxation and smoking and alcohol management.
Ozanam Centre, an imposing building on William Street Lurgan is the venue for the project.
With plans for a new 21st century building, the Ozanam Development Trust wish to ensure that the facility is maximised and that local people from across Lurgan can access services and various supports that they may otherwise be reluctant to visit, particularly when it concerns health.
November offers a range of opportunities for then people of Lurgan to engage with their health. The project has been launched with the willing participation of Rory Haughian who will grow a Moustache (mo) for the month of ‘Movember’, raising vital awareness and some funds for Prostate Cancer. November sees the International Health Day, and in the run up to the festive period why not try and get your health in check through our range of healthy eating activities and creative ideas for leftovers or Christmas Dinner on a budget.
The project would not be possible without the support of the local health providers as well as some local businesses. The Community Health and Well Being Team at the Southern Trust, along with Craigavon Borough Council through the Active Communities and Investing for Health programmes, have been instrumental in assisting in the development of the programme.
In keeping with the community ethos of the project, Magee Dental Care, also on William Street will provide some key pointers and free consultation for oral health care and in particular the danger signs for oral cancers.
Local butchers, Farmway Meats as well as grocery giant, Tesco have supported the project and we will have some goodies available across the month’s activities with everyone who participates in the drop in sessions, and who makes a small contribution to the Movember efforts to raise funds for Prostate Cancer, entered to a draw to win the contents of a hearty Christmas Dinner, with the draw on November 29.
For further information, to see the programme or to ask if there is anything to suit you please do not hesitate to contact 02838 325725 Ext 1 then Ext 5, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @ozanamhealthy.