Adapting to the challenges posed by Covid, an online audience tuned in virtually as Minister of State Frank Feighan launched the new Healthy Wexford campaign from beautiful surroundings of the Irish National Heritage Park.
The event included the launch of the 'Healthy Wexford County Plan 2020-2022' and celebrated the model county joining the National Healthy Cities & Counties of Ireland Network. The driving vision behind the plan is 'to create a Wexford where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and well-being to their full potential, where well-being is valued and supported at every level of society, and is everyone's responsibility.'
The plan set out 23 actions set out around 6 strategic priorities - physical activity, healthy weight, being tobacco free, sexual health, alcohol and drug related harm and mental health.
Speaking at the launch Minister Feighan highlighted that the Healthy Wexford County Plan will support the implementation of Healthy Ireland, the national health and well-being framework, at a local level, to improve the health and well-being of all in County Wexford.
'At Healthy Ireland we want to ensure that everyone gets the opportunity to live a long, happy and healthy life,' he said. 'We want to empower every person to improve their own health and well-being, but to do that we need to support them to make healthy choices. We need to make the healthy choice the easy choice. To achieve this, we need every individual and sector of society to play their part. This requires activating our communities and empowering them to cultivate change. This new Healthy Wexford County Plan shows the commitment to making that happen in the county.'
Following the launch Minister Feighan continued to Tintern Woods to visit the Woodlands for Health Programme, providing an opportunity to see a collaborative programme in action.
Chair of the Healthy County Committee, Cllr John Hegarty highlighted Healthy Wexford as the structure that connects and highlights all of the great work that is already happening and encourages partnerships and collaborations for future developments.
'Healthy Wexford is about thinking and working differently, and seeing health and well-being as a focus in all that we do,' he said, highlighting the collaborative nature of the initiative and the need for all to work together.
To find out more about Healthy Wexford see https://www.wexfordcoco.ie/community/healthy-wexford.