New Walking & Wellbeing Programme

Facilitated outdoor sessions for Kilkenny

Creating safe, positive spaces for men to talk and connect is so important.

Seán Cooke, CEO of Men's Development Network

Men’s Development Network has partnered with Get Ireland Walking on a new health and wellbeing programme to be piloted in Kilkenny in November/December 2021.

Supported by Sport Ireland and the Department of Health’s Healthy Ireland initiative, ‘Walking the Talk’ will run for six weeks this autumn in the great outdoors.

It will offer guided walks during which men can both exercise and explore questions relevant to living more enjoyable, connected lives. These midweek sessions will take place in Kilkenny, commencing on Wednesday, 3 November and continuing until 8 December.

Lorcan Brennan, MDN’s Training & Resource Development Manager, said: “The wellbeing benefits of walking are proven. Sharing the outdoors with others, and engaging in conversations about living well, can turn a good walk into a GREAT one.”

Jason King, National Programme Manager with Get Ireland Walking, said: “Adding healthy habits such as walking to our daily and weekly routines, can have a hugely positive impact on wellbeing. The benefits for both body and mind are significant.”

He sees “Walking the Talk as providing an opportunity for men to engage in conversation in the great outdoors — taking in the fresh air and scenery and opening their minds to leading more connected, healthier lives.”

Men’s Development Network CEO Seán Cooke says the idea behind ‘Walking the Talk’ is to encourage men — amid the calm of nature — to actively reflect on the positive contributions they make to their families, friends, and communities.

He anticipates that participants “will create new friendships and come away with a greater awareness of the activities and actions linked to their happiness.”

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MDN's Lorcan Brennan in conversation with Jason King of Get Ireland Walking