13 January 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Twenty-one RehabCare staff from across the north east region, including Monaghan and Cavan, recently participated in the HSE’s ‘Lifestyle Training Programme’.
The ‘Lifestyle Training Programme’ is a health promotion initiative which enables participants to deliver lifestyle advice to RehabCare clients. The overall objective is to give staff the confidence and skills to positively influence the health and well-being of their clients, and to adopt workplace policies that promote healthier behaviour.
Ann Moran RehabCare community services manager said the programme will help staff incorporate healthy messages in their daily dealings with clients and families.
The programme’s key health promotion messages target diet, physical activity, oral health, men’s health and smoking cessation. Participating staff can also take this knowledge and apply it to their own lives.
Speaking about the programme Mr. Gerry Roddy, HSE health promotion manager said, “The HSE’s department of health promotion, in partnership with RehabCare, is committed to ensuring that people living with a disability are empowered to manage their own health — the staff who work with these clients are ideally placed to receive and pass on this lifestyle training.”
Successful completion of the ‘Lifestyle Training Programme’ has also prompted many of RehabCare’s staff to express an interest in participating in the
HSE’s department of health promotion ‘Cook It Programme,’ which teaches staff how to help clients cook healthy meals on a budget.

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