Lynch’s Pharmacy, Lower Main Street, and Jack Shanahan’s Haven Pharmacy, Church Street have teamed up with the recently launched RTÉ Operation Transformation Million Pound Challenge.
The local members of the nationwide Irish Pharmacy Union are offering a free weigh-in service for local people who wish to take part in Ireland’s bid to shed a million pounds over the next 12 months.
There’s no excuse, you don’t even need a weighing scales to take part and you can do so in up to 800 pharmacy centres throughout Ireland.
Both Lynch’s and Shanahan’s will, each Saturday, provide a recipe book and advice as well as the weigh-in free of charge as part of the Operation Transformation driven goal to rid Ireland’s increasing girth of that incredible One Million Pounds over the coming year.
Lynch’s will take participants from from 11am and Shanahan’s at any time on Saturdays.
And as an added incentive in reaching that goal, An Riocht AC manager, Kate McSweeney rowed in with an offer to the ‘clients’ of both pharmacies of free use of the tartan track at the club between 11am and 3pm on the Saturdays in question.
Frightening the Sugar out of our Diets
Operation Transformation, sponsored by Safefood, returned for its ninth season on RTÉ One on January 6th, 2016, and this year is issuing a massive challenge to people across the country to collectively lose one million pounds in one year.
Last year, news broke that Ireland is on course to become the fattest country in Europe with nearly two-thirds of the population overweight or obese. It’s time to take action and what better way than to work together to lose one million pounds?
The RTÉ 1 Sugar Crash special investigation programme by former Operation Transformation panelist, Dr. Eva Orsmond last night threw up some frightening facts and it will surely frighted the sugar out of many people’s diets throughout the country.
Minister Varadkar Blown Away
Health Minister Leo Varadkar said said he is ‘blown away by the ambition of Operation Transformation for 2016 with what he termed ‘this fantastic initiative.’
“They are aiming high but if we all pull together as a nation I think it can be done. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, and it would be fantastic to mark that by making Ireland healthier than ever before. I hope that two new Government policies to be announced shortly on physical activity and obesity will help Ireland to achieve this new goal.”
Supported by Healthy Ireland, the Operation Transformation Million Pound Challenge began on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016. Registration opened during the first episode of Operation Transformation at 8.30pm on RTÉ One.
Link to RTÉ ‘Sugar Crash’
People in the Castleisland area can still check in at either Lynch’s or Shanahan’s pharmacies on Saturdays and at An Riocht AC afterwards for a walk or jog on the track – and so become part of the great Irish weight-loss drive of 2016.
If you missed Dr. Eva’s ‘Sugar Crash’ programme last night you can catch up with it by clicking here: http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/sugar-crash-30003820/10515448