Active School Week becomes Active Home Week 2020

By June Shannon Coronavirus News   |   27th Apr 2020

The Irish Heart Foundation is proud to support Active Home Week, which takes place from April 27th – May 3rd

National ‘Active School Week’ takes place in April every year. This year however, with the schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, families are being asked to take part in the ‘Active Home Week‘ challenge instead.

The idea of ‘Active Home Week’ is to reach out to parents/guardians/carers to support the work that is taking place in their school, raise awareness about the fact that children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day and support parents by providing them with ideas and challenges to encourage children to build physical activity into their day in a way that they enjoy.

A 2018 report from Growing Up in Ireland, the national longitudinal study of children, revealed that just one-quarter of nine-year olds reported being physically active for at least 60 minutes every day – the World Health Organisation recommended level of activity for children.

The Irish Heart Foundation is proud to support ‘Active Home Week’ which this year takes place from Monday April 27th to Sunday 03rd May and to support the initiative has devised the ‘Lets get Active’ programme; a range of fun activities that children can do at home with their families.

“We know Active School Week is a special week in the school calendar and I’m sure boys and girls around Ireland will have fun taking part in the very special Active Home Week.”

Laura Hickey, Children and Young People Programme Manager , The Irish Heart Foundation

‘Let’s Get Active,’ is a fun weekly activity challenge for children. It contains four weeks of activities and each week has a different theme and a challenge to do 60 minutes of physical activity every day. All the challenges are contained in a handy ‘Lets Get Active’ booklet, which you can download here.

In the booklet, you will find lots of different things to do including, physical activities and educational resources. The activities are designed to include common everyday things you can find at home.

After four weeks every student who successfully completes the challenge will receive a certificate that will be available online at the end of week 4.

Commenting, Laura Hickey, Children and Young People Programme Manager with the Irish Heart Foundation said, “In these extraordinary times, it can feel challenging for children to get active so we’ve made four weeks of activity books to make things a little easier. For Active Home Week we have special daily activity and skipping challenges. Everything boys and girls need to take part can be found within the home.”

“We know Active School Week is a special week in the school calendar and I’m sure boys and girls around Ireland will have fun taking part in the very special Active Home Week.”

We are here for you

The Irish Heart Foundation’s nurse support line is available five days a week. Anyone living with heart disease and stroke who has concerns or questions about the coronavirus can contact the nurse support line on 01 668 5001 or support@irishheart.ie.

The Irish Heart Foundation’s new heart support group is on Facebook. Anyone who lives with heart failure or another heart condition or has a family member living with a heart condition can join here: www.facebook.com/groups/heartsupportnetwork/

The Irish Heart Foundation runs 21 stroke support groups and 5 heart failure groups around the country. All these groups have moved to telephone and online support. For more information, see https://irishheart.ie/get-support/.

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