The Western Trust are encouraging their staff and the general public to ‘Choose to Live Better’ as part of an initiative to mark National Obesity Week.
Both organisations are asking you to consider whether your waistline is creeping up on you by offering Western Trust staff the opportunity to have their waistline measured.
Anyone who needs to lose a few pounds is encouraged to make a small lifestyle change such as becoming more physically active, cutting down on their fat and sugar intake or replacing unhealthy snacks with an extra portion of fruit or veg a day!
National Obesity Awareness Week 2014 is intended to raise awareness of obesity and encourage the public to make positive steps in order to prevent and address obesity.
As part of the Choose to Live Better campaign, awareness sessions were organised for Trust staff in the Altnagelvin site to promote a healthier lifestyle.
Western Trust Dieticians were available to give advice on healthy eating and offer waist measurements to staff, the catering team offered Healthy Eating Meal Deals in the staff restaurants and the Health Improvement Department organised lunchtime walks, all of which gave staff the opportunity to ‘Choose to Live Better’ in 2014.
Gillian Browne, Western Trust Obesity Specialist Dietician said: “Obesity is a great public health issue and it is important that during National Obesity Awareness Week that we address this health issue and do our best to prevent it.
“Unfortunately there is no magic wand for tackling obesity and therefore it is imperative that communities come together to consider what steps they can take to promote their health and wellbeing by maintaining a healthy weight.”
Lesley Finlay, Health Improvement Officer said: We hope that the public will be inspired by these events and join our resolution to Choose to Live Better!”