Loreto College Cavan Slí na Sláinte launch


A new Irish Heart Foundation Slí na Sláinte walking route was launched in Loreto College Cavan on Tuesday the 28th of August. Slí na Sláinte (“Path to Health”) is a unique Health Promotion initiative of the Irish Heart Foundation designed to encourage people to walk for health and leisure by creating mapped measured walking routes in schools, workplaces, communities and communities. To date over 400 routes have been developed nationally.


The Loreto College Slí na Sláinte promotes the use of mapped, measured walks around the school grounds to encourage staff and students to incorporate walking into their day. The map includes 4 different routes around the school grounds. The new route was launched by past students who were members of the winning All Ireland U 20 senior football championship in 2018 Niamh Keenaghan and Elaine Brady with the unveiling of one of the new map board followed by a walk.



Tara Curran, Slí na Sláinte Coordinator from the Irish Heart Foundation said: “We hope that the staff and students in Loreto College Cavan will get great enjoyment and benefit from their new Slí na Sláinte routes. Getting active makes such a big difference to your heart and overall health, helping to reduce stress, manage weight, reduce blood pressure 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 while children and young people need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day of the week. By having mapped walking routes for staff and students we hope it will help them to include some physical activity into the school day.”


Angela McGarvey Principal of Loreto College said ”we are delighted to be the first post-primary school in Ireland to develop a Slí na Sláinte route for our staff and students to avail of during their break and lunch times. We are especially delighted to be holding our launch as part of our first year induction programme. I would like to thank the Health Promoting Schools Committee which comprises of staff, parents and students, Ms.Monica McCrory from the HSE and Tara Curran from the Irish Heart Foundation. We would like to acknowledge the funding received from the Loreto Trust Board to make this project possible. We hope that this Slí na Sláinte is a legacy for all who are currently in the school and for all future generations to come.”