|Organisation||RehabCare Resource Centre, Quayside Business Park, Dundalk, Co. Louth.|
|Target Group||From age 17 to 65.|
|Description|| RehabCare Quayside is a day resource centre for 48 adults with mild Intellectual disability and 4 with physical and sensory disability. A number of our members are also affected by poor mental health. Many of our members are obese and are at a higher risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. They also have a high carbohydrate and sugar diet which adversely affects their health and their weight.
In 2014 RehabCare, Quayside got involved with the Irish Heart Foundation Active at Work programme. This programme was centred around the health, wellbeing and fitness of members and staff in the centre. RehabCare was awarded a Gold Certificate for the Active at Work programme. This was an educational programme to promote health and fitness at work.
On local Irish TV there was a programme called Operation Transformation for 10 weeks after Christmas which the centre encouraged people to follow. This programme was specific for people who are overweight and have health issues as a result of being overweight. The programme had 4 leaders who were given specific weight loss targets for each week. They were supported by professional dieticians, doctors and a fitness coach. People in the country could follow one of the leaders.
As a follow on from the Irish Heart Foundation and Operations Transform programmes RehabCare Quayside have started a Healthy Living Programme where all members are encouraged to be involved. The three main areas it covers are health checks, food, education and physical activities:
This programme can be implemented by other RehabCare Centres in Ireland. It is our aim to draw up a report for management and directors of RehabCare to highlight the need for a Healthy Living programme in all centres. The Health and physical condition of our members has become a priority within our centre. Cost: Cost is minimal as RehabCare staff are leading the programme. We also got a student from DKIT.
|Partners||Dundalk Institute of Technology, Irish Heart Foundation,|
|Staff and Resources||RehabCare Staff and DKIT student and local chemist|
|Budget||BMI checks costs €5 per person|
|Contact /more information|| Rosaleen Phillips: Rosaleen.firstname.lastname@example.org
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