February 2016
All-Island Obesity Newsletter
Obesity in the News

FG Senator calls for ‘no fry zone’ near schools to combat obesity – The Irish Times

Sugar tax needed in war on obesity, WHO says – the Telegraph

NHS chief to introduce sugar tax in hospitals to tackle UK obesity crisis – The Guardian

Companies called to introduce 'standing desks' to tackle obesity – Irish Examiner

How the media influence perceptions of obesity - Science Daily

Female brain is not wired for weight loss, scientists conclude- the Telegraph

Obesity 'linked to cancer rise' - BBC News

41 million under-fives are overweight, says childhood obesity panel - Irish Independent

Even the health-conscious eat too much 'hidden' sugar- Irish Independent





On the 21st January 2016 the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar launched safefood’s ‘weight-mate’ app. This app aims to help adults lose weight in a healthy way through goal setting and planning to eat healthy, balanced meals and exercise regularly. The app helps to monitor your exercise and nutrition goals and motivates you to achieve those goals. Weight-mate can enable the user to achieve a healthier lifestyle overall without reliance of low-calorie or fad diets which are have been proven to fail. The app features over 400 recipes developed by safefood’s nutritionists which have been nutritionally analysed to cater for individual weight loss needs. There is also a ‘Groups’ feature for communities, workplace groups, families or friends to work together towards their goals. Having the support of others on a weight loss journey can be a huge benefit and it makes it more motivating and fun!

‘weight-mate’ is free to download for iPhone and Android and is available in the iStore and Google Play.

Nutrition and Health Foundation
Early February will see the launch of the inaugural National Workplace Wellbeing Awards by the Nutrition and Health Foundation. In addition there are two upcoming events we would like to draw your attention to:
16th March - National Workplace Wellbeing Best Practice Series feraturing Fenero, IBEC offices, Dublin 2 8.30am-11.00am
8th April - National Workplace Wellbeing Day & lunchtime walk challenge

Further information can be found online here.



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