A new Irish Heart Foundation Slí na Sláinte walking route will be launched on Thursday, 10th September 2009 at 12.30 pm at Fota Wildlife Park. The launch of the new route will also mark the start of Irish Heart Week 21st-27th September which is the Irish Heart Foundation's annual heart health campaign and this year is encouraging people to Walk for Heart.
Slí na Sláinte ("Path to Health") is a unique initiative of the Irish Heart Foundation designed to encourage people to get more active and get walking, on routes marked out at 1 km intervals . The Fota Wildlife Park route will be 2km in length, suitable for all levels of walker and it is supported by Fota Wildlife Park.
Edel Byrne from the Irish Heart Foundation said: "We hope the visitors to the park will get great enjoyment and benefit from the new Slí na Sláinte route in Fota Wildlife Park. Getting active makes such a big difference to your heart and overall health, helping to reduce stress, ease back pain and reduce the risk of heart disease. For heart health adults need at least 30 minutes of physical activity, such as brisk walking, five days a week. By having a clearly marked and safe walking route, we aim is to make it easier for people in Cork to get active as part of their normal day."
The new Slí na Sláinte will be launched by Irish Olympic Athlete Robert Heffernan, who will unveil the route map board inside the main entrance of the park followed by a walk along part of the route. The public are encouraged to join in on a very special walk around the park.