Creggan’s Old Library Trust Healthy Living Centre announced on Friday its been awarded £150,000 by the STOP Consortium – a Horizon 2020 (addressing childhood obesity in Europe) to fund an innovative new project aimed at tackling childhood obesity in the Creggan community

In addition to the funding, the OLT will benefit from the support of two Knowledge and Innovation Communities of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT Health and EIT Food). Additionally, the STOP Consortium will provide in-kind support and opportunities from project partners, to help them succeed in their project.

Julie White, SWEET Project Manager, Old Library Trust having a look at the new App with three years old Mia Doolin on Friday.

Julie White, SWEET Project Manager, Old Library Trust having a look at the new App with three years old Mia Doolin on Friday.

Combining knowledge, technology and the community

The Old Library Trust has chosen Derry-based health tech innovation company Elemental to enhance the success of their existing SWEET project, a family-centred obesity prevention and management programme. They will also build and deliver a new app that educates parents on healthier lifestyles for children and instantly creates connections to services and programmes within the community. The app will be supported by Elemental’s award-winning social prescribing technology.

Speaking at Friday’s announcement and launch, George McGowan, Project Director, OLT said: “We’re really excited about working with Elemental on this project and combining all the best bits of two already established models. The SWEET programme has been a huge success to date, thanks to financial support by the Public Health Agency, and the Elemental platform is already leading the way as an innovative solution designed to reduce health inequalities. Their already established functionality will give us the ability to provide a complete wraparound solution to members of the Creggan community and compliment the learning gained throughout their journey on the new app. Not only that, but Elemental’s platform will allow us to drive person-centred care by giving anyone the ability to refer themselves into local community activities and interventions.”

“I would like to thank the strategic team that helped to get this over the line and look forward to working with them all in the months ahead. This really is a unique opportunity and something we all should be proud of.”

Pictured at the Old Library Trust on Friday last for the launch of the innovative new project aimed at tackling childhood obesity are Stephen McGahan, Project Facilitator, Julie White, Programme Manager and Kathleen McNaught, Project Facilitator.

Pictured at the Old Library Trust on Friday last for the launch of the innovative new project aimed at tackling childhood obesity are Stephen McGahan, Project Facilitator, Julie White, Programme Manager and Kathleen McNaught, Project Facilitator.

Research shows that there is a correlation between deprivation and obesity, with higher levels of childhood obesity occurring in areas where children come from low-income backgrounds.  Studies also show that children aged five and up from the poorest income groups are twice as likely to be obese compared to their more advantaged counterparts and by age 11, are three times as likely to become obese. 

As obesity in young people is an important predictor of obesity in adulthood, the OLT and Elemental are developing an app targeted at educating and informing families in the Creggan Estate with children under five years of age – ​where levels of overweight and obesity are some of the highest in the UK.

Also commenting on Friday’s launch, Serena Terry, COO, Elemental said: “This is a really exciting project for us that has huge transferable potential. Elemental’s roots are firmly embedded in the communities that benefit from our social prescribing technology, so to get the opportunity to combine the capabilities of our platform with the success of the SWEET programme and create an innovative new app is an incredible opportunity for us. Especially as we’ll be working closely with the incredible team at the OLT and residents from our own hometown.”

Introducing the SWEET App

The easy-to-use and interactive SWEET app will be designed to deliver bite-sized, gamified educational content to parents with children under the age of five and will be delivered on a pilot basis to families in the Creggan area of Derry over the next year.

Not only will parents gain knowledge around healthier lifestyles for their children, but they will have the ability to browse and to refer themselves and their children into locally based community assets (programmes, services, events, etc.) focused on obesity prevention and physical activity. 

SWEET APP!. . . Group pictured at the Old Library Trust on Friday last for the launch of the innovative new project aimed at tackling childhood obesity. The SWEET App is a mobile phone spin off offering real time support in your pocket, when and where you need it. Included from left are Phil Vickery and Serena Terry, COO, Elemental, Julie White, SWEET programme manager, OLT, George McGowan, project director, OLT, and Caomhan Logue, Ulster University.

SWEET APP Strategic Team, including from left are Phil Vickery and Serena Terry, COO, Elemental, Julie White, SWEET programme manager, OLT, George McGowan, project director, OLT, and Caomhan Logue, Ulster University.

The SWEET app will be a mobile spin-off from the hugely successful SWEET programme (Safe, ​W​ell-being, Eating & ​Exercising ​Together) a family-based childhood obesity prevention and management programme that adopts a community development approach, working in the heart of local communities across the Western Health and Social Care Trust area.

Julie White, SWEET Programme Manager, The Old Library Trust HLC explained the aim of the app and its benefits, commenting: “The aim of the app is to help parents gain the confidence, knowledge and skills they need to help their family adopt a healthier, happier lifestyle and to give their children a great start in life. This mobile app will become a real-time resource that helps parents address potential childhood obesity with a fun, gamified, multimedia experience, which helps them set goals and actions for their children. We’re very grateful to the entire STOP consortium for their support to date and we’re really excited about getting started and being able to make a real impact on tackling obesity within the Creggan community, right across the city and district as a whole and scaling this in a wider European context.”  

 

Strike Martial arts Academy in Partnership with the Old Library Trust will be running a Charity Boxing event in aid of The DEED project on 9th of December in Ann Street Longtower.

The DEED initiative provides workshops, programmes and toolkits to help support local businesses to be more Dementia friendly.

Dementia currently affects over 850,000 people in the UK with over 20,000 of those in NI

We will have both male and female participants on the night to help raise money for this fantastic charity.

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Here at the Old Library Trust, we strive to make it easier for people in  our community to live and lead healthier lifestyles. So in addition to all our project work, we offer a range high quality classes at affordable prices.

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For more information contact us or drop us a message on Facebook.

OLT will be launching our FREE Men’s Health Programme.

If you are;
*Local to Creggan / Triax Area.
*Beginner to health and fitness.
*Aged 18 – 50 years old.
*Available to attend 2 groups session per week.
*Overweight, sedentary or isolated.
*Need a kick start to get you physically active again.

Then why not try out our Men’s Health Programme.

This FREE 8 week programme is designed to encourage and support men with their health and fitness.
So if you are interested or know of any men that would benefit from this programme, drop into the centre to speak with Jonathan or contact us for more information and to register.

Programme will then commence Monday 10th October.
Spaces are limited.

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In support of #WorldMentalHealthDay, the Old Library Trust will be hosting a FREE session of BODY COMBAT on Monday 10th October at 6pm.

Most of us know when we are mentally and physically well, but sometimes we need a little extra support to keep well.

So in support of PHA’s, Take 5 Steps to Well-being, we want to encourage and support our community to come along and participate in fun filled class that completes on of the steps towards a better well-being.

This is open to all members and public and we encourage you to bring family and friends.

Added bonus for any present members of OLT, this Monday 10th will see the release of the NEW Body Combat 69!!

If you wish to learn more about improving your well-being, please visit the PHA site MindingYourHead.

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The Old Library Trust (OLT) are happy to announce the beginning of the Foyle Diabetes Support Group that will be now just every first Wednesday of the month.

This group has been designed and created with the mindset to have an environment for anyone that has a diabetic condition or be interested in the condition to be comfortable to attend and gain more knowledge and understanding of the condition.

Each month there will be scheduled topic of discussion.

For more information, please contact us on 028 71373870 or email on recpetion@olt.ie.

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On the right road for health!

Are you concerned about aspects of your child’s development? Have you some questions but you don’t know where to go?

Come along to the Walk In Health Clinic

We are bringing the health professionals to the community to make it easier to make connections and ask questions on a one to one basis!

Thursday 25th February 2016

2pm –4pm
The Healthy Living Centre, Central Drive, Creggan

On the day there will be health professionals from different teams;
• Physiotherapy
• Podiatry
• Occupational Therapy
• Nutrition & Dietetics
• Speech Therapy

This is a brilliant opportunity having this on your doorstep…Your Health Is Your Wealth!

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On Monday 14th September, OLT Creggan will be a proud registered LES MILLS Centre! This is a result Mickey and Pinta completing their Les Mills BODY COMBAT.  So to kick start our refreshed timetable next Monday! OLT are holding a Les Mills BODY COMBAT Class. Fancy a new class, challenge or something that you’ve never done!  Why not come along on Monday night and find out what all the buzz is about when it comes to a Les Mills Class.

7-8pm at OLT Creggan. £3 per person.  Get your friends and family motivated and interested OLT are offering our members the chance to bring a friend/family member along for free.  Members can collect their collect their bring a friend/family member for free pass at reception.

Look out for LES MILLS GRIT Series coming soon to OLT Soon!

Massive congratulations to the Health for life Men’s Club today for completing the Dementia friendly community workshop!! Look out for our new group of Dementia friends!!!

Well done to Hillcrest house on completing their dementia friendly environment checklist, as well as completing the dementia friendly community workshop! Great to see the dedication in our city of organisations working towards a dementia friendly status!!!

Walk In Health Clinic

On the right road for health! Are you concerned about aspects of your child’s development? Have you some questions but you don’t know where to go? Come along to the Walk In Health Clinic We are bringing the health professionals…

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