E-Learning Module for Health Professionals

The aim of the module is to support health professionals in routinely promoting physical activity in their professional practice. This new training platform for physical activity lends support and recognition to the demands and time constraints many health professionals face in today’s busy health care system. This Physical Activity e-module was developed in partnership with the ICGP (Irish College of General Practitioners) and in collaboration with the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, the Irish Practice Nurses Association and Get Ireland Active.


Convenient Access: The eLearning module is available to health professionals via www.hseland.ie and to GP’s through the ICGP www.icgp-education.ie/physical-activity/.  The advantages of online eLearning means you can log onto the course and complete stages of the course at any time, day or night. There are seven lessons in total which, if watched consecutively, will take approximately 105 minutes. Additional supplementary notes and videos are available for each lesson. 


Community Walking Leader Training Level 1 and Level 2

Course Information 2016 Irish Heart Foundation


Walking Leader Training is primarily aimed at people wishing to lead a walking group or promote walking in their community or workplace. The course comprises of a weekend of training followed by a four walk task to try out your new Walking Leader skills.

More information can be found at:  Walking Leaders Courses


 Go for Life Physical Activity Leaders, PALs

Go for Life is an Age & Opportunity initiative, funded by the Irish Sports Council. It runs in partnership with the Local Sports Partnerships and the Health Service Executive Health Promotion Units. The Go for Life programme is run by over 900 volunteers who are called PALs. A PAL is a Physical Activity Leader who is already part of a group or club and is willing to lead activities. PALs lead their local group in things like short exercise routines, fun games, simple dances and sports like pitch and toss. Groups may be an Active Retirement group, a sports club, an ICA group or some social group that meets regularly. 

More information can be found at: Go for Life 

‘I pretty much spent my whole adult life in a car, in a chair at the office, or on a couch – being active was for other, more energetic and possibly slightly annoying people.  I was also very overweight, so even the thought of trying to get into any sort of stretchy clothing and move around in front of people was pretty scary - and even to my slight shame I really never did anything much to get out and run around with my son when he was small.  In my mid 30s I sort of got it together weightwise, and on the advice of the Weight Watchers lady, I just started to walk 30 minutes a day.  It sounds very little – but it was amazing how much of a difference it made to how I felt, and how much it helped me to lose weight. It’s hard to explain how starting to be even a little bit active changes you very quickly, even though it’s really hard at the beginning, and you often have to force yourself – really force yourself!  It’s hard when even the little bit you are doing makes you break out in a sweat. It’s hard when you make the HUGE mistake of comparing yourself to others. It’s very hard if you, like I did, spend too much time telling yourself that you’re ‘very unfit’ and ‘this isn’t making any difference’.  But then - your body makes progress remarkably fast – because I think really, deep down, our bodies want to move. We are born wriggly, and you can’t stop most little kids from running around.  Despite having sat on the sidelines for pretty much all my life, feeling pretty awful about how I looked and how unfit I was, just walking for 30 minutes a day changed how I feel forever. I am now very proud of being a pretty active person – even though I am still not a skinny one! I now cycle to work and home again every day, so the exercise doubles as transport, it’s a feeling of freedom from traffic, from stale air in the car – I get to see the city close up, I feel clearer headed, and it also makes a huge difference to my mood and how I react to the normal ups and down of the week. I still don’t look great in stretchy clothes but nothing dents the happiness and even confidence you can create from minding yourself and letting your body do what it wants – deep, deep down underneath the sofa cushions.’

Fidelma, Limerick.