Minister launches new plan for a Healthy Clare

Minister launches new plan for a Healthy Clare

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A new three-year strategy aimed at improving physical and mental health in County Clare has been by Minister of State for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne, T.D., and Mayor of Clare, Councillor Michael Begley.

The Healthy Clare Strategic Plan 2019-2021 is being implemented by Clare LCDC (Local Community Development Committee) and aims to deliver of a range of activities that will underpin the health and wellbeing of the people of County Clare.

The Plan identifies a number of community-based activities that will impact positively on people lives in terms of their physical, mental and sexual health and which will also challenge and combat the negative effects of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

Mayor of Clare, Councillor Michael Begley, said, “What this Strategy does is lay the foundations for all decision making by the members of the LCDC in supporting the delivery of a range of activities that will underpin the health and wellbeing of the people of County Clare. The delivery of this blueprint will also be enabled by the Healthy Ireland Fund.”

Andrew Dundas, Chair of the LCDC, said, “The Healthy Clare Strategic Plan represents the commitment of Clare LCDC to support the delivery of a range of activities that will underpin the health and wellbeing of the people of County Clare.”

“The determinants of health and well-being are many and their interactions complex,” he added. “They encompass physical, psychological, social, economic, environmental, political and cultural factors. The action plan aims to exploit the synergies of inter-agency co-operation and community engagement where goodwill and collaboration will generate new activities and enhanced outcomes for communities and individuals alike.”

The majority of targeted actions will be delivered through the Healthy Ireland Fund which will form the basis of core funding for the delivery of the Healthy Clare Strategy.  Multiple agencies and organisations who are active across the health priorities outlined in the strategy, may apply annually for this funding to progress their own programme of work which will enhance the delivery of the national strategy.

Out of the 6 health themes in the strategy, Physical Activity and Mental Health have been identified as strategic priorities for County Clare. Annual work plans will be developed once the Healthy Clare Working Group is established.

Among the actions already identified under the scheme is an ‘Imagination Playground’ for physical and mental well-being of junior infant children; Mind, Body & Soul initiatives by Clare Youth Service; and multi-sport for all courses by Clare Sports Partnership.

The Healthy Clare Strategic Plan 2019-2021 is available to view on www.clarecoco.ie.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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