Slí na Sláinte

Walking is a near perfect form of physical activity; it’s free, family friendly, suitable for all fitness levels and a great exercise for improving our heart health.

Slí na Sláinte creates mapped, measured walking routes in the heart of the community suitable for all ages and abilities. The programme is divided in two elements 1. Route Development and 2. Walking Leader Training.

 

Route Development

 

Why develop a Slí na Sláinte route in my community? 

The attractive signage aims to encourage people to incorporate more walking into their day to enjoy the benefits of a healthier lifestyle. A map board is located at the start to inform people of the distance and duration, signs are located at each kilometre point to encourage and motivate walkers while directional arrows guide you along the right path.

To skip to the Slí na Sláinte route most relevant to you, please choose from one of the below:

How do I develop a route in my community?

How do I develop a route in my workplace?

How do I develop a route in my school?

How do I develop a route in my GAA club?

 

Slí na Sláinte – Walking Leader Training 

 

Walking Leader Training Level 1 is aimed at people wishing to lead a walking group in their community or workplace. Topics covered include:

 

 

Walking Leader Training Level 2 is more tailored towards those looking to lead walks outside their local communities on the Coillte Trails and Fáilte Ireland Loops. Topics covered include:

 

 

Register for a course – email us to register for training courses.

 

Community Walking Leader Training 2017

 

How do I develop a route in my community?

 

If you are interested in having a Slí na Sláinte route in your community you should start by considering the following four points:

  1. Is there a suitable route in my community? Slí na Sláinte routes follow a simple loop or linear path, they have a solid underfoot surface, are easily accessible to people without having to take transport and are typically 2-10 km long.
  2. Who funds the development? Slí na Sláinte routes are typically funded by County Councils, local grants or by local businesses.
  3. Who installs the signage? Slí na Sláinte routes need to be supported by the Local County Council, they need to agree to the route development and install the signage. Once installed the route becomes the responsibility of the Local Council.
  4. How do I get started? You should decide on a suitable route in your community, make contact with your local County Council, establish a local source of funding and then make contact with the Irish Heart Foundation to arrange a consultation date.

For more information on developing a Slí na Sláinte route please download our Community Set up Guide or email Tara .

 

Why develop a Slí na Sláinte route in my GAA Club?

 

Walking is a near perfect form of physical activity; it’s free, family friendly, suitable for all fitness levels and a great exercise for improving our heart health. The GAA shares a common goal with the Irish Heart Foundation of promoting physical activity within the community.

GAA club grounds provide a perfect location for a Slí na Sláinte route, especially in rural communities. They are regularly frequented by the community; they are safe, well maintained and can provide a suitable space for those no longer participating in sport to maintain a healthy lifestyle of regular exercise.

A map board is located at the start to inform people of the distance and duration, physical activity messages are included to motivate and encourage people to walk more often.

 

How do I develop a Slí na Sláinte route in my GAA Club?

 

If you are interested in having a Slí na Sláinte route in your GAA Club you should start by considering the three following points:

  1. Is my GAA Club suitable for a Slí na Sláinte route? Slí na Sláinte routes within GAA Clubs follow a simple loop of the grounds. They can vary from 500 metres to 1km. They do not require a purpose built path so long as the grass is kept cut along the intended pathway and is suitable for walkers.
  2. Who funds the development? Slí na Sláinte routes within GAA Clubs are funded by the club, there is a minimal cost involved for the graphic design and the map board and it is a once off investment.
  3. How do I get started? Make contact with the Irish Heart Foundation to arrange a consultation.

 

For more information on developing a Slí na Sláinte GAA route please download our GAA Set up Guide or email Tara .

Why develop a Slí na Sláinte route in my workplace?

 

Walking is a near perfect form of physical activity; it’s free, suitable for all fitness levels, can be easily incorporated into the working day and is a great exercise for improving our heart health.

Slí@work aims to promote more walking in the workplace through the use of motivational signage and the establishment of mapped, measured walking routes specifically designed to suit the needs of each workplace.

There are various components to the Slí@Work programme allowing workplaces to choose the options most appropriate to your own working environment and your budget.

 

How do I develop a Slí na Sláinte route in my workplace?

 

If you are interested in implementing the Slí@Work programme in your workplace you should start by considering the following points:

Do I have a budget for the programme? There is a cost for the design and the physical signage which varies depending on the type and quantity required. This is a once off investment to the company which will lead to a healthier, happier and more productive workforce.

What components of the Slí@Work programme would be suitable for my workplace? The various elements of the programme are listed below. Workplaces can choose from one or a combination.

 

 

How do I get started? Simply make contact with our team at the Irish Heart Foundation to arrange a consultation.

For more information on developing a Slí@Work please download our Workplace Set up Guide or email Tara .

 

Why develop a Slí na Sláinte route in my school?

 

Walking is an activity that shows you don’t need to be sporty to be active. Walking is free, suitable for all fitness levels, can be easily incorporated into the school day and is a great exercise for maintaining heart health.

Slí@School aims to promote more walking during the school day through the use of motivational signage and the establishment of mapped, measured walking routes within the school grounds specifically designed to suit the needs of each school.

 

How do I develop a walking route in my school?

 

If you are interested in implementing the Slí@School programme in your School you should start by considering the two following points:

  1. Do I have a budget for the programme? There is a minimal cost for the design and the physical signage which varies depending on the type and quantity required. This is a once off investment to the school which can bring lifelong benefits for students and staff.
  2. How do I get started? Simply make contact with the Irish Heart Foundation to arrange a consultation.

For more information on developing a Slí@School please download our School Set up Guide or email Tara.

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