Laois Sports Partnership alongside Mental Health Ireland and researchers from the University of Limerick are pleased to invite the public to their free seminar by guest speaker Marc Jones, Professor of Stress and Emotion at Staffordshire University, on the theme of “Managing Your Emotions Through Green Exercise”.
Marc’s research has centred on understanding the causes, control and consequences of stress and emotion. He is also involved in research exploring the role of the natural environment in well-being. Portlaoise is an ideal venue for this event as highlighted by Caroline Myers LSP Coordinator given the abundance of walking clubs that have grown through out the County with the support of LSP alongside many other out door pursuits such as canoeing, jogging, cycling. We are looking forward to welcoming Marc and to show casing a number of local club developments that promote the benefit of green exercise i.e., increased well being from being active outdoors.
Finola Colgan Mental Health Ireland Midlands (www.mentalhealthireland.ie) also expressed the relevance of the theme in association with the organisation’s promotion of Five Ways to Well-Being through Connecting, Being Active Taking Notice, Keep Learning and Give. These five ways to well being were researched by the New Economic Forum in London to promote a universal message of well being and protection of a person’s mental health and fit very well into the benefits of green exercise that is so freely available in our local communities.
The research team are led by Tadhg MacIntyre (Health Research Institute, University of Limerick) and Dr. Aoife Donnelly (School of Food Science and Environmental Health, Dublin Institute of Technology) with a team from Ireland and abroad are funded by the Irish Research Council New Foundations Award to investigate the effects of sport, exercise and physical activity in natural settings. Practitioner psychologist with Munster rugby, Tadhg MacIntyre stated that “the collaborative nature of this research will enable us to answer scientific questions about green exercise (physical activity in natural settings) and make an impact on well being through our partnerships with Mental Health Ireland and Local Sport Partnerships.” Aoife Donnelly, an environmental scientist, advocates that “in our planned research activity we have the capacity to prove green exercise has a role as a low-cost non-invasive solution to a number of societal challenges, namely mental health and environmental sustainability.”
Further information and to reserve your place contact Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org (057 867 1248) or email@example.com (0869353387)