The Winners of the Stepping Out, Stepping Up 6 Week Business walking Challenge are……



Frocks and Frills Clothes Shop in Killaloe. Congratulations on becoming the Overall Winners of the Killaloe Ballina 6 Week Stepping Out Stepping Up Walking Business Challenge. Over the 6 weeks Frocks and Frills carried out on average 862,955 steps in total. Well done!!

In 2nd place  –  Wood Brothers Cafe

In 3rd Place  – The Post Office

In 4th place  – Heaney’s Costcutters

In 5th place – St. Anne’s Community School





The second award goes to the Business who has improved consistently on weekly basis, this was neck and neck between a number of businesses but the Overall Winner of Most Improvement goes to…….


St. Anne’s Community College

St. Anne’s Community college has made consistent improvements each week, starting in week 1 with 72,252 steps and building on this each week to reach a total of 123,638 steps by Week 6. Well done St. Anne’s Community School.


Presentation of certificates will be given to the Top 5 businesses and the business with the Most Improvement.

I want to take this chance to remind you of the National 5 k walk that will be held in Clarisford park on Saturday 9th January 2016. We are hoping to see all participants who took part in this challenge to come and join in on this national walking day.


I would like to thank everyone who took part in this challenge and I hope you enjoyed yourself and noticed a number of health and wellbeing benefits. I would also like to thank Community Sports and Physical activity hub for supporting this project.

We are looking forward to holding a number of new challenges in 2016 so it would be great if you could participate in the future.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family,



Results… Results… Results are in for Week 5




Results are in for Week 5

  1. St. Annes Community School               123,458
  2. ClareCare                                                   118,97
  3. Post Office                                                 115,135
  4. Heaney’s Costcutters                             106,050
  5. Collins Phrmacy, Ballina                        94,033
  6. Green Man Picture Framing                  87, 921
  7. Mother Goose Creche                              83,526
  8. SuperValu                                                  81,461
  9. Clare Tipp Properties                               77,103
  10. Collin’s Pharmacy , Killlaloe                   76,319
  11. Donovan’s Insurance                                71,198


Well done to everyone. We are into the final week of the walking challenge, look back  at what you have achieved in the past 5 weeks, how do you feel? Do you feel healthier? Did you enjoy the social aspect, having a walking buddy? Do you feel your mental health has improved? Did you have fun? All these elements play a role in being healthier and getting fitter

Ask yourself is walking 10,000 steps a day something that you want to incorporate into your daily life? Just because the six weeks challenge is coming to an end doesn’t mean you have to stop too. Set your goals for another month or six weeks or even six months, imagine how good you will feel in January when you kept your walking up over the Christmas.

Remember we have the annual walk being held in on Saturday 9th January 2016 in Clarisford park, bring your work colleagues, your walking partner, your family and join in this national walking day.


Happy stepping



Results Results Results….. For Week 4 Stepping Out Stepping Up Business Walking challenge

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The results are in for week 4 of the Business Walking Challenge

  1. Frocks and Frills                                          139,681
  2. Wood Brothers Café                                     132,474
  3. St. Anne’s Community School                    120,593
  4. Post Office                                                      110,621
  5. Heaney’s Costcutters                                   106,593
  6. Mother Goose Creche                                    91,285
  7. Clare Care                                                        91,224
  8. Green Man Picture Framing                        85,867
  9. Collins Pharmacy, Ballina                            84,303
  10. Killaloe Convent Primary School                75,943
  11. Queally’s Supervalu                                        74,471
  12. Donovan’s Insurance                                     71,892


Well done to all the teams involved. Frocks and Frills and Wood Brother cafe are neck and neck each week with thier steps, who will take it over the line to win when all weeks are combined.  Well done to St. Anne’s School who have completed a large number of steps this week. The aim is for every team by the end of the six weeks to have completed an average of over 70,000 steps a week. This means each individual on the team to aim for 10,000 steps a day. Two weeks to go!!! Well done everyone!!


Date for the Diary

All businesses unite!!!

We are asking all businesses to come and step together in Clarisford Park on 9th January 2016.

Clarisford Park in conjunction with “Operation Get Clare Active” are asking all the businesses taking part in the Stepping Up Stepping Out Challenge to take part in Operation Transformation National 5k Walk/run in Clarisford Park on 9th January 2016.  Get together with your work colleagues,  friends and family and take part in this national event. Lets aim to get Killaloe Ballina to have the biggest turn out in Clare for this National 5k walk/run.This 5k walk will provide you with the added incentive to keep your steps up over the festive season.

Weekly Walks

Also, every Saturday morning, Clarisford park holds it weekly 5k walk/run. Come join us and keep the steps up and building over the Christmas


To register yourself or members of your team to any of these events, please log on to:


Helpful Tips

We also have two posts from  Satyma a natural medicine centre and boutique store located here in Killaloe. They have provided us with three blogs on

How to achieve a healthy life-work balance

Looking for a healthy snack check out

Perhaps the  use of some herbs for the annual stuffing :


Gayles’ Healthy Eating Blog

Check out Gayle’s Healthy Eating blog :


Happy stepping everyone