Mayor Guss O’Connell will officially launch South Dublin County Council’s 3rd annual ‘Health and Wellbeing Week’ on Monday 14 September at 11.00 am in Tallaght Stadium in the presence of Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

Present in the stadium will be representatives from the many community groups and statutory agencies involved in programmes run during the week. Primary school children from every corner of the county will also be participating in physical activity challenges.

Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr Guss O’Connell said “I encourage everyone young and old to get involved in the planned activities and to help make ‘Health and Wellbeing Week 2016’ a great success. There is something in the programme for everyone with a varied range of activities and events which encourage Health and Wellbeing. The week is all about awareness, engagement and participation”.

The development of ‘Health and Wellbeing Week’ for South Dublin County followed a collaborative process among partner agencies such as the Health Services Executive (HSE), Tallaght Hospital, Pieta House, South Dublin County Partnership and Trinity College Centre for Health Sciences among others. Together these agencies are developing a shared vision and a heightened awareness of the many services and facilities available to our citizens.

South Dublin County Council chairs the Healthy Ireland- South Dublin Healthy County Project. A healthy county is defined by the way it works to support health and wellbeing. It is conscious of health, and works to improve it through continually enhancing its physical and social environments. A healthy county also develops the community resources that enable people to support each other in living their lives and achieving their potential.

The HSE is delighted to support South Dublin County Council in their annual Health and Wellbeing week. This important event showcases many good examples of Health Promotion and Improvement initiatives in South Dublin County. The week also focuses on inter agency collaboration and partnership working to promote health and wellbeing for everyone and also in building solid foundations for future collaboration. These are core principles of ‘Healthy Ireland’ the Governments Framework for promoting Health and Wellbeing.

The Health and Wellbeing of our population is a measure of our success as a society. As a local authority we influence physical and mental wellbeing through social inclusion events, as lead agency of interagency initiatives, recreation activities, library services, employment creation, housing supply, community infrastructure and financial supports.

In South Dublin County Council we are very conscious of our role in this regard and continue to maintain the wellbeing of our citizens as a priority objective of service delivery.Chief Executive, Mr Daniel McLoughlin added “We believe that ‘Health and Wellbeing Week’ is a great opportunity for South Dublin County Council and its partner agencies to raise awareness of the many services and facilities available to our citizens aimed at improved health. Health and Wellbeing Week introduces new programmes and promotes ongoing activities to promote a healthier county.”

During the week there will be a varied programme of events under the broad themes of:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Physical Activity
  • Food and Drink

This programme includes ‘We can Quit’ – a programme supporting Women to stop smoking, Social Inclusion through Community Gardening, Health Gatherings, Tallaght Health Fair, Eco Therapy Walks, 5 km Family Guided Mountain Walk, Healthy Eating and Nutrition Talks, NALA Health and Wellbeing for Life Programme, Mindfulness for Adults, Health Fair, Mental Health talks, and much more culminating with a Physical Activity Family Fun Day in Corkagh Park, Clondalkin on Sunday 18th September from 11am to 2.30pm.

A detailed schedule for the Week has been developed and is available on our website