FRESH Ideas for Healthy Eating
Publish Date: Friday, 24 July 2009
Five community groups across five council areas will get support on healthy eating through the FRESH project
The FRESH (Focussing Resources on Eating and Shaping Health) Project is a new two year healthy eating programme for the Southern Area.
As levels of obesity are on the rise is it widely known that the main causes are inactive lifestyles and high fat, high calorie eating habits.
The FRESH Project offers practical support and advice to people on healthy eating so that they can realistically achieve a more healthy, balanced and safe diet.
FRESH has been funded by the Public Health Agency (Southern Office) and will be delivered by the Southern Group Environmental Health Committee in conjunction with Armagh City and District Council, Banbridge District Council, Craigavon Borough Council, Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council and Newry and Mourne District Council.
Martina Mc Nulty, The Southern Group Environmental Health Committee's Principal Environmental Health Officer (Food Control/Infectious Diseases/Health Promotion) explains "The programmes offered will provide information and education as well as skills development. It is hoped the FRESH Project will help people make informed decisions about the food they consume. Programmes e.g. cooking on a budget and food gardens, will be tailored to meet local need and to ensure maximum benefit for the communities involved. It is envisaged that the FRESH Project will build on previous and current healthy eating initiatives throughout the Southern Area".
It is anticipated that the FRESH Project will work with five community groups from the five constituent Council areas of Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Dungannon and Newry and Mourne.
For further information on the FRESH Project please contact Tracey Powell Community Project Officer (Nutrition) Tel. (028) 3751 5800
Email: [email protected] or Collette O'Brien, Dietitian Specialist, Tel. (028) 3751 5800 Email: collette.o'[email protected]
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About The FRESH Project
The project will support 5 community groups across the 5 Council areas to look at and address behaviour in relation to nutritional intake in terms of eating habits. It also aims to increase capacity of the groups to maintain sustained positive changes in eating habits.
The project is being delivered by Southern Group Environmental Health Committee and funded by the Public Health Agency (previously the Southern Health and Social Services Board).
Further information can be obtained from Tracey Powell (Community Project Officer) or Collette O'Brien (Dietitian Specialist) or 028 3