Driving Home Health Messages – Recruits Needed
A NEW programme aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of drivers is to start on the 24th October. The “Drive to Better Health” programme is funded by the Public Health Agency and supported by Southern Group Environmental Health Committee, Closing the Gap initiative and Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council.
Drivers of vehicles such as vans, buses, lorries, taxis and agricultural vehicles will be encouraged and supported to make health and lifestyle changes through participating in the “Drive to Better Health Programme”
Mayor of Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council, Councillor Phelim Gildernew outlined “This programme helps drivers to develop the skills and confidence needed to begin making small, realistic changes to their eating habits. It also helps them to assess their levels of physical activity and identify ways to be more active. It is widely recognised that often driving is a sedentary and solitary role, with irregular patterns and minimal contact with others, often resulting in social isolation and disruption to home life. Drivers often find it difficult to maintain a healthy diet, engage in regular exercise or access medical and leisure services.
“All of these factors can have a negative impact on their physical and mental wellbeing and the good news is that this programme uses a balanced healthy eating approach and people are surprised to learn that they can still enjoy their food while successfully losing weight”
The Drive to Better Health Programme encourages adults to improve their health, get active and lose weight with group support over a 7 week period. Along side the programme participants can receive mini health checks and information and advice on other topics including stop smoking, hydration, nutrition, healthy eating and alcohol as well as other services available locally.
This free 7 week programme will run from Wednesday 24th October – 5th December from 10.30am – 12.30pm in Dungannon Leisure Centre. Weekly sessions focus on how to lose weight healthily and include a weekly ‘weigh in’ and gentle physical activity. Individuals are encouraged to set their own goals and given support and advice on how to achieve this in a healthy way.
Any drivers currently employed or perhaps seeking employment in a driving occupation should contact either Elaine Devlin on 028 3752 9636 or Ciara Burke on 028 8772 0366 for further information or to register on the programme as places are limited.
In partnership with local councils, funded by the Public Health Agency and delivered by Southern Group Environmental Health Committee, Closing the Gap provide information and signposting to a wide range of health and well being services which include smoking cessation, drugs and alcohol, sexual health, nutrition and promotion of healthy eating and matters relating to men’s health.
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