Ballymoney Council Wonder Women

I WONDER. Lorraine Savage (front centre), Health Promotion Officer for Action Cancer, pictured on Thursday with Council staff who completed a 12 wk 'Wonder Women' course.INBM11-14 017SC.
I WONDER. Lorraine Savage (front centre), Health Promotion Officer for Action Cancer, pictured on Thursday with Council staff who completed a 12 wk 'Wonder Women' course.INBM11-14 017SC.

Twenty female employees from Ballymoney Borough Council have taken part in a 12 week Wonder Women programme piloted by Action Cancer for the first time.

This weight management and healthy lifestyle programme has had tremendous results, losing a total of 5 stone 12lb.

The group received full body composition analysis and the programme empowered them to make positive changes to improve their long term health, and reduce risk of diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

The group meet with a representative from Action Cancer for a weekly weigh in, presentation on cancer prevention and healthy lifestyles and a physical activity session. The charity also sent weekly information focusing on women’s needs including stress reduction, recipe ideas, female specific cancers, alcohol and cancer, the menopause and much more.

Mrs Iris McCleery from Ballymoney Borough Council said: “ As a local employer we have a focus on the health and well being of our employees. Last year a group of our male employees completed the Action Man programme with a number of participants being able to achieve weightloss, reduce cholesterol and blood pressure levels and raise awareness of male cancers.

“We are delighted that this pilot for ladies has had the same positive impact with our female staff achieving weight loss, reduced cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and their awareness raised about female specific cancers.

“The Big Bus visited Council premises on 23rd January 2014, offering breast screening and MOT health checks which was very well received.”

Lorraine Savage, Health Promotion Officer from Action Cancer said: “We are delighted that this pilot was such a success and that those who participated have noticed such great lifestyle changes. Action Cancer currently offers a range of programmes and activities for small and large employers to book for their staff – everything from cancer awareness talks to health checks and the Big Bus.

“We encourage you to get in touch if you would like to know more about what we can offer – simply give us a call on 028 9080 3344.”