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Saturday 20 April 2019

Cody and Jacob talk well-being with students

Guest speakers Brian Cody, Kilkenny Senior hurling manager; Ursula Jacob, Wexford Senior camogie All-Ireland winner; Valerie Jones, psychologist; Noreen Roche, dietician to the Kilkenny Senior hurling team and teacher Fiona Doyle with Our Lady of Lourdes students taking part in the ‘Our Love of Living’ workshop promoting mental health
Guest speakers Brian Cody, Kilkenny Senior hurling manager; Ursula Jacob, Wexford Senior camogie All-Ireland winner; Valerie Jones, psychologist; Noreen Roche, dietician to the Kilkenny Senior hurling team and teacher Fiona Doyle with Our Lady of Lourdes students taking part in the ‘Our Love of Living’ workshop promoting mental health

David Looby

Promoting positive mental health was top of the agenda at a wellness workshop held at Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School, Rosbercon.

As part of their LCVP Programme, the 5th LCVP students, together with their teacher, Ms Fiona Doyle organised a workshop to promote positive mental health among the student body and the wider school community. Cleverly called 'Our Love of Living', Ms. Doyle and her students took a three-pronged approach to this very important subject.

Firstly the necessity to have a healthy and balanced diet, good nutrition, adequate hydration and sufficient sleep were addressed, followed by talks on the benefits of sport and the importance of incorporating physical activity into our daily routine.

The workshop went on to address well-being, resilience, coping skills and positive self management.

Guest speakers included Noreen Roche, a dietician, nutritionalist and past pupil of Our Lady of Lourdes, Ursula Jacob, former All-Ireland Wexford senior camogie player and captain and Dr Valerie Jones, Psychologist with NEPS.

The guest of honour on the day was Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody. This very successful workshop was rolled out for the senior cycle students of the school. Principal Toni Ormond said: 'The students were very enthusiastic about the workshop which was very well received and informative and of huge benefit to the students. Hopefully this will become an annual event here as it is such an important area for the entire school community,' she added.

Later in the afternoon local youth leader Carmen Sanchez facilitated a fantastic workshop on well-being through creativity for the Transition Year students, who made presentations to the guest speakers in appreciation of their invaluable expertise in their respective fields and for giving up their valuable time voluntarily to attend and address the 'Our Love of Living' workshop, despite their hectic schedules.

Ms Doyle thanked all those who helped in so many ways to make the workshop possible and so successful.

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