Healthy Kilkenny: New plan unveiled at online conference
A new initiative aimed at imrpoving the “health and wellbeing” of people across Kilkenny city and county was launched this week.
Public Health Mininster Frank Feighan attended the online launch of Healthy Kilkenny, which was streamed yesterday via an open access link to an online audience.
A spokesperson for Kilkenny County Council said: “The Vision for a Healthy Kilkenny is where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential, where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society, and is everyone’s responsibility.”
Speaking at the launch, Minister Feighan said the Healthy Kilkenny Community Plan “will support the implementation of Healthy Ireland, the national health and wellbeing framework, at a local level, to improve the health and wellbeing of all in county Kilkenny”.
The Healthy Ireland Framework identifies priority areas across a range of health behaviours including physical activity, obesity, alcohol, smoking, sexual health, skin cancer and spaces and places for health and wellbeing.
Declan Gibbons, Chair of the Healthy Kilkenny Committee and the Local Community Development Committee, Kilkenny Mayor, Cllr Andrew McGuinness, and Joan Ita Murphy of HSE South East Community Healthcare highlighted the importance of health and wellbeing in our communities and the initiatives Healthy Kilkenny deliver across the County.
Mr Gibbons said: “Healthy Kilkenny is all about working in collaboration across public, private, voluntary and community sector organisations. Our aim is to reduce health inequalities, and to empower people and communities to look after their health and well-being. While there is much work still to be done in the course of the current plan, a great deal has already been done, as this virtual launch demonstrates.”
The Healthy Kilkenny Plan can be viewed online at: https://kilkennycoco.ie/eng/Your_Council/LCDC/Healthy-Ireland-Community-Plan.html