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Ag Sugradh le Cheile


Health Service Executive

Subject Keywords: Physical activity, Primary school, Child health
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
Chronic Conditions
Type: Collection/Project
Region: Republic of Ireland

Research suggests that children have become less fit and less active in recent times. Concerns arise from evidence documenting that activity levels in young children are falling. Physical activity is important for a number of reasons. These include reduction of risk of various diseases such as obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Physical activity promotes fitness, physical and psychological well-being which enhances growth and development. Active lifestyles pursued in childhood are likely to be maintained through adult life. Opportunities for children to exercise in certain environments may be limited. Children may not be able to engage in safe play, there may a lack of facilities for physical activity and there may be a shortage of money to engage in activities. An additional barrier may be access to open recreational spaces where children can play freely and securely. The Programme involves offering primary schools a play workshop for parents/carers and their children (infants- 2nd class).The workshop aims to promote active play for children by: Fostering an appreciation in parents for the value of active play. Giving parents the skill to play actively with their children and to encourage children to play actively with each other Ag Súgradh le Chéile (ASLC) is a programme developed by the Health Service Executive West (formerly North Western Health Board) to promote active play. It is a joint initiative between the Health Promotion Department - Health Service Executive (West), Donegal Sports Partnership (DSP), Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership (SSRP) and Youth Sport West (YSW). In Donegal ASLC is currently delivered in the main in schools that have been designated disadvantaged under the DEIS scheme. The programme includes the following: A variety of activities and co-operative games including ball games, traditional games and tag games which are active, enjoyable and fun for adults and children. Physical activity guidelines for adults and children Guidelines for parents on making games work The games are mostly co-operative and traditional and are to be played for fun so everyone can join in. Playing these games together promotes general well being as well as developing the relationship between parent/carer and their child.



Rights: © Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership
Suggested citation:

Health Service Executive. (2009) Ag Sugradh le Cheile [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 20th November 2019].


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