Gransha users watch calories
SERVICE bosses at Gransha are helping staff, patients and visitors take control of their energy intake by participating in a new calorie counting pilot developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
Lesley Finlay, Health Improvement Officer with the Western Trust said: “Around six out of every 10 adults in Northern Ireland are either overweight or obese.
“This increases risk of developing health problems such as coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Participation in the Caloriewise scheme supports the Western Trust’s commitment to ‘A Fitter Future for All’, the Obesity Framework launched by the government in March 2012 which sets out a range of actions to reduce obesity.”
Two Trust Cafés on the Western Trust’s Gransha site, The Courtyard ‘grab and go’ facility managed by Support Services and Berries Coffee shop managed by the Learning Disability Service will be piloting Caloriewise over the next few months.
Noeleen McKinney, Support Services Manager with the Western Trust stated: “We are delighted to be involved in the Caloriewise pilot. The Courtyard provides a range of takeaway sandwiches and light snacks for staff, patients, clients and visitors on the Gransha site.
“By providing accessible information on calorie content we are making customers more aware of their overall calorie intake in a day, thus enabling them to make informed choices to keep their calorie consumption in check.”
Trevor Millar, the Western Trust’s Director of Adult Mental Health and Disability Services said: “Berries Coffeeshop on the Gransha site is a facility open to Western Trust staff, patients, clients and the general public which provides training for adults with learning disability to advance their skills in catering and customer service.
“Participating in Caloriewise will not only benefit our customers, but help educate our trainees in the importance of maintaining a healthy, balanced diet and providing this information to our customers.”
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