Friday, 22nd July 2016
Sport and physical activity are key to good Mental Health says Minister McEntee
The scientific link between regular exercise, like cycling or even a
walk, and positive mental health, was emphasised by local Mental
Health Minister and Meath East T.D. Helen McEntee as she took part in
the An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour.
Involvement in local community groups and sporting organisations was
also an important part of mental health the local Mental Health
Minister said. “They give you structure, something to look forward to
every week or every month, and are an outlet for develeoping your
talents and abilities, as well as a chance to meet other like minded
people” she said.
“Physical activity does not have to mean competitive sport, a daily
walk of even 15 minutes has proven benefits for physical and mental
health, it lowers blood pressure, keeps the heart rate healthy, keeps
blood sugar under control, clears the head of any stresses and brings
you closer to nature” Minister McEntee said.
“As we thankfully increase awareness and understanding of mental
health issues and reduce stigma, we also must make sure that the
services are there to help those in need. That will be my priority in
my work as Minister locally and nationally” concluded Minister McEntee.