Health & Wellness

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The Ulster Council GAA assists it’s members in achieving a healthy lifestyle through this programme. Information is available on Nutrition, Exercise, Smoking and Drinking all of which if managed correctly can have a positive effect in avoiding diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.

Resources:
Health & Wellness
Health Tips
Health Initiatives for Clubs
Nutrition & Hydration
Nutrition & Hydration – Team Leaflets
Issues to consider prior to/following the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
Mouthguards and the GAA
Mouthguards Ruling

Ulster GAA Kid’s Health Booklet
Ulster GAA Kid’s Health Booklet As Gaeilge

Online Resources:
Health Promotion Agency
Breast Fed Babies
Drugs & Alcohol Info
Get a Life, Get Active
Know Your Limits
Minding Your Head
Space to Breathe
The Snack Pack
Up 2 You

ASAP (Alcohol and Substance Abuse Programme)

The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Programme aims to reduce the harm that is caused by alcohol and drugs throughout the Association. Clubs can protect their members by adopting a Policy, by availing of the Manual and DVD (through their County ASAP officer) and increase awareness of the problem by using services available in the community.

Resources:
ASAP Presentation
ASAP Contacts
Sample Club Drug & Alcohol Policy
Alcohol and Sports Performance
Understanding Alcohol

Drink, Drugs & Sausage Rolls

The Drink, Drugs and Sausage Rolls programme aims to get students thinking and acting healthy. Health issued address through the programme are Drink, Exercise (‘Move’), Drugs, Nutrition (‘Eat’) and Stress.

Resources:
Drink, Drugs and Sausage Rolls 2010 Booklet
Drink, Drugs and Sausage Rolls 2010 Wallplanner

Cancer Prevention

Cancer affects 1 in 3 of us at some time in our life. The key to beating the disease is early detection but prevention in some cases is possible through healthy living. Eating the proper foods, taking regular exercise and not smoking are among some of the tips but others are available at the Healthy Club nights held in each County.

Resources:
Ulster Cancer Foundation / GAA Summary
General Cancer Prevention
Quit Smoking
Diet and Exercise
Ulster Cancer Foundation Website

GAA Social Initiative

The GAA Social Initiative arose as a result of President Mary McAleese and her husband, Martin, noticing an absence of older men in attendance at official functions during their many visits to local communities over the years. She came to the conclusion that many men, because of the changing patterns of life, were falling through cracks in the system and either risking or already experiencing isolation and loneliness.

Resources:
General Information and Briefing Note on the GAA Social Initiative

For more information, contact Aileen Cummins (aileen.cummins.ulster@gaa.ie / 07920 528791)

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