Ballymena’s All Saints GAC award winning health and well-being programme, Saints & Slimmers, was launched at St. Brigid’s Primary School on Sunday night. This is the fourth successive year of the club’s very popular health & wellbeing initiative with the event growing in numbers and popularity every year. Started in January 2016 the 6 week project sees more than 170 participants teamed with fellow “Slimmers” in a bid to be crowned overall champions. With health and well-being at its heart Saints & Slimmers provides opportunities for regular team exercise, promotion of positive mental health, development of teamwork skills, dance and many social activities. Participants have been assigned to a team and are following a 6 week programme of activity. Those involved will be spin cycling in the early morning before winding down with Pilates that evening. Circuit training, aerobic workouts and the all-important team challenges will keep everyone entertained while the finale dance-off in the splendour of the Tullyglass House Hotel will provide a fitting celebration of the participant’s efforts.
Last year the programme was recognised at the Irish News Club & Volunteer Awards when it was awarded the prestigious award for best Club Health & Well Being initiative. This year’s programme sees participants range in age from 18 to 80 years of age and activities are tailored to individual need and fitness.