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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Dun Lughaidgh students are stepping it out for 'Operation Transformation'

Olivia Ryan

Published 29/01/2014 | 05:20

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DUN Lughaidgh students are stepping out to get fit and beat the January blues with Operation Transformation style daily walks!

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The pupils join their teachers each lunchtime for a 2.5 kilometre walk to kickstart their new healthy regime.

Teacher Orla Drumgoole, a student council mentor explained how the daily treks began.

'A lot of work the student council has been doing over the last year has been around positive mental health, and they had been looking at ways to put this into practice.'

The active council have already signed up to the Comahirle na Nog's 'principle of inclusion' and were keen to get students involved in programmes to promote positive mental health.

'A group of teachers were inspired by Operation Transformation, and decided to try walking each lunchtime as a way to getting fit and losing some of those post Christmas pounds,' said Ms. Drumgoole.

'So when the students heard this, they decided it was something they wanted to get involved with, and now we have a club of people ready every day for the lunchtime walk.'

'We've had to face some weather challenges on a few days, with heavy rain, when we expected there wouldn't be any students turning up to walk, but seem to be really enjoying it rain, hail, or shine!'

The walkers are already drawn from different year groups, but the student council are hoping to get Leaving Cert year girls involved as a positive means to taking a break from their studies and handling stress before exams.

'Along with the daily walks we are also holding a series of health talks, which explores healthy alternatives for lunchboxes and snacks during the day,' said Ms. Drumgoole.

'The main aim is to help student's improve their wellbeing, and promote positive approaches to mental health.'*

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