By Dan Walsh
Minister Frank Feighan, Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy attended the Irish National Heritage Park today to formally launch Healthy Wexford. The launch was streamed via an open access link to an online audience meaning all could attend virtually and included the launch of the Healthy Wexford County Plan 2020-2022.
The Vision for a Healthy Wexford is where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential, where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility.
Speaking at today’s launch Minister Feighan said; “At Healthy Ireland we want to ensure that everyone gets the opportunity to live a long, happy and healthy life. We want to empower every person to improve their own health and wellbeing, but to do that we need to support them to make healthy choices.”
At the launch Cllr John Hegarty, Chair of the Healthy County Committee, highlighted Healthy Wexford as the structure that connects and highlights all of the great work that that is already happening, and encourages the partnerships and collaboration for future developments. “Healthy Wexford is about thinking and working differently and seeing health and wellbeing as a focus in all that we do,” concluded Cllr Hegarty.
Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr. Ger Carthy, highlighted that many of the determinants of health such as where we live, work, play, and age are outside of the direct influence of health and social services. However, the Local Authority touches the lives of our citizens in many of these areas each day. Therefore, Wexford County Council is uniquely placed to assist in delivering the vision for Healthy Wexford, in collaboration with agencies and communities across County Wexford.
To find out more about Healthy Wexford see https://www.wexfordcoco.ie/community/healthy-wexford