Uplifting Plan to Promote Fitness; Women Aim to Boost Physical and Mental Well-Being

The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland), June 23, 2003 | Go to article overview

Uplifting Plan to Promote Fitness; Women Aim to Boost Physical and Mental Well-Being


Byline: KATE COONEY

WOMEN in the Shankill area of west Belfast are set to combat obesity and depression when a new fitness programme gets under way.

The health project - funded by a pounds 228,315 lottery cash boost - is being championed by Women in Sport and Physical Activity (WISPA).

And to get things off the ground they organised a five-a-side women's football tournament in Paisley Park yesterday.

Audrey Barr, development worker for the project, suffered with depression after the birth of her twins. Now she hopes to help break the cycle for other women in the Greater Shankill area.

She said: ''We want to encourage as many women to get involved in physical activity to improve their health as possible.

"The programmes we plan are very flexible, and will address issues such as smoking, drinking, weight problems, anxiety, depression and stress management.

"We want to overcome the barriers to women taking part in physical activities and will organise programmes involving walking, swimming, aerobics, football, bowls and yoga, anything that local women want. …

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