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Oberstown Newsletter April 23, 2018
Award fuels healthy workplace
Healthy eating can have a huge impact on how people feel and without regular, well-balanced healthy meals, you could be prone to headaches, feel sluggish or have difficulty concentrating. That's according to the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF), and its workplace programme that encourages employers to play a part in offering healthy options to staff. The programme - the Healthy Eating Awards, helps to create a culture of health and wellbeing and demonstrates a commitment to employees. During 2017, Obertown catering manager Eamon Hughes spearheaded an initiative that saw Oberstown gain a bronze healthy heart award - the first step in achieving the coveted gold award. Gaining the award meant meeting certain criteria, which Eamon and his catering team (pictured above) worked to achieve. Criteria for the bronze award include offering low fat food choices and ensuring low fat cooking methods are used; having at least one chip-free day a week; offering high fibre choices and ensuring that fruit and vegetables are available. As part of the process, the IHF audited the Oberstown kitchen providing an independent assessment of overall food choice, food preparation practices and menus. All of this meant that in early 2018, Oberstown achieved the bronze award. Catering manager Eamon Hughes said getting the award was a great achievement. "This initiative has been supported by staff and young people on the campus so that we can encourage a healthier diet – and therefore lifestyle for all,” he said. "The award lasts for two years and provides a platform for us to go on to silver and gold."
Health & Wellbeing Week
During the week of April 16, Oberstown held a hugely successful health & wellbeing week with a timetable of activities and treatments available to all staff. The initiative (see images below) kicked off on Friday 13th -National wellbeing at work day, with a free healthy breakfast provided by the catering team.
The success of the week was in no small part down to the meticulous planning of Oberstown information officer Jane Keenan. "Oberstown is one of the leading organisations in the country as our committee have organised a week of activities to promote awareness around the area of general health and wellbeing," she said. The  week-long programme included reflexology, circuit training, zumba, Indian head massage, eyebrow tint and wax and reiki, a lunchtime mile and free blood pressure and weight checks - all provided on-site and in the main by staff members.

Gloves are off for GAA fundraiser 

Forget Mayweather or Khan: in the coming weeks, Oberstown residential care worker Stephen O'Donoghue steps into the ring for a white collar boxing event at City North. Billed as 'O'Dwyers Centenary Knock Out' the May 5 event features 17 fights to raise funds for the Balbriggan GAA club, which is celebrating 100 years. Stephen, who boxed as a teenager, says the training is intense in the run up to the big night. "It's a great way of keeping fit. I'm sparing three nights a week and am very conscious of what I eat - and it's all for a good cause."  If anyone would like to support Stephen and attend the fight night, contact him by email for more information.

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