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Competitors setting off on the UL Hospitals Group run/walk from in aid of Pieta House. Photograph by Dave Gaynor

UL run supports Pieta House

MEMBERS of the public joined UL Hospitals Group staff in promoting a healthy lifestyle, while at the same time raising awareness for Pieta House.

Over 200 people took part in the annual 5k Run/Walk around Dooradoyle/Rahee and in so doing, they raised almost €5,000 for suicide prevention and counselling services in the Mid-West.

Promoting exercise in the workplace is part of UL Hospitals’ commitment to health and wellbeing, a commitment recently formalised in the publication of the group’s Healthy Ireland Implementation Plan 2016-2019.

Healthy Ireland is at the centre of government health policy, promoting physical and mental health and wellbeing with a view to reducing the burden of chronic disease in the decades to come.

Hospital groups, including UL Hospitals, have adopted plans in line with the national strategy to promote health and wellbeing. The UL Hospitals Healthy Ireland Implementation Plan 2016-2019 identifies 60 priority actions do just that for the 380,000 people it serves and the 3,300 staff it employs in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary.

“We were delighted to have such a great turnout from staff, including retired members of staff, and from members of the public in supporting the event. Physical health and positive mental health are in so many ways interlinked and we were delighted to be able to support such a deserving cause in Pieta House,” said Hugh Brady, executive lead, Health and Wellbeing, UL Hospitals Group.

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