GAA Healthy Club gets approval from WIT researchers

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Pictured from left are Dr Aoife Lane, GAA President, Aogán Ó Fearghail, Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar and Dr Niamh Murphy at the launch of the ‘Opening Gates, Breaking Stigmas’ report

Pictured from left are Dr Aoife Lane, GAA President, Aogán Ó Fearghail, Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar and Dr Niamh Murphy at the launch of the ‘Opening Gates, Breaking Stigmas’ report

GAA Healthy Club initiative to increase to a minimum of one club per county following report from WIT’s Centre for Health Behaviour Research

The GAA’s Healthy Club initiative has received the thumbs up in a report prepared by a team at WIT.

Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, joined GAA President, Aogán Ó Fearghail, in Croke Park this week to launch the report into Phase 1 of the GAA's Healthy Club initiative.

The research was conducted by lead researcher Dr Aoife Lane, research masters student Alex Donohue, and Dr Niamh Murphy from WIT’s Centre for Health Behaviour Research in the Department of Health Sport and Exercise Science.

Phase 1 of the Healthy Club Project, which ran from January 2013 to July 2015, involved 18 clubs selected from across the four provinces, with two mentoring clubs also involved.

This is the first research available to suggest that the GAA Healthy Club Project is a viable delivery model for protective health factors at the population level in Ireland. Irish Life have come on board and pledged €1 million in support of the initiative.

Phase 2 of the Healthy Clubs initiative will see at least one club in each county becoming active in the project as it develops nationally.

Dr Aoife Lane will continue her involvement in the project along with a new WIT research student and a full time project manager, based in Croke Park. Dr Lane is also a partner in the ERASMUS+ funded Sports Club for Health project.


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