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Communities across Northern Ireland to benefit from new phase of ‘Transform Your Trolley’ programme by safefood.

Three-year programme will aim to help over 1,000 participants transform their shopping and eating habits for a healthier lifestyle.

safefood has partnered with the Healthy Living Centre Alliance to launch a new three-year phase of its hugely successful ‘Transform Your Trolley’ programme in communities across Northern Ireland.

The new three-year programme aims to support over 1,000 families and individuals by improving their food shopping habits by replacing fatty and sugary foods with healthy, balanced meals. 

‘Transform Your Trolley’ will be coordinated by the Old Library Trust in Derry~Londonderry and delivered across 12 regional Healthy Living Centres in 2023 with a target of expanding to 29 Healthy Living Centres by the end of the three-year programme.

The programme will work closely with local Health & Social Care Trusts to deliver interactive workshops and initiatives designed to benefit families, older individuals living alone, and single males.

It will provide practical support in areas such as creating a balanced shopping list, meal planning, how to eat well on a budget, how to cook basic nutritious meals, making use of leftovers, and food safety and hygiene.

Launching the new three-year ‘Transform Your Trolley’ programme, Joana da Silva, expert in Human Health and Nutrition at safefood: “We’re delighted to continue our partnership with the Healthy Living Centre Alliance by moving from the pilot phase to a new three-year phase of our hugely successful ‘Transform Your Trolley’ programme.

Celebrating a new three-year phase of the ‘Transform Your Trolley’ programme are Anne Parle, Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) at safefood, Aileen McGloin, Director Of Nutrition at safefood, Julie White and George McGowan, The Old Library Trust Healthy Living Centre, Derry/Londonderry and Joana da Silva, expert in Human Health and Nutrition at safefood.

“The programme has already made a significant impact. All participants in the initial pilot programme reported that it has changed the way they will plan and shop for food in the future, with 99% of participants feeling it had positively influenced the way they and their family will eat in the future.

“After the pilot programme, there was an increase in the number of people who reported comparing nutrition labels when out shopping. There was also an increase in home cooking with more people preparing homemade meals more often. More people also stated that they were getting five servings of fruit and vegetables per day ‘most of the time’ and ‘just about every day’.

“Together with the Healthy Living Centre Alliance, we’re excited to expand our reach and engage even more households and communities over the next three years aimed at increasing knowledge around meal planning, teaching healthier food shopping and enhancing basic cooking skills.

Tony Doherty, Regional Coordinator at the Healthy Living Centre Alliance said: “We’re thrilled to embark on another exciting phase of safefood’s ‘Transform your Trolley’ programme and we’ll be working closely with local Health & Social Care Trusts and partnering with community organisations to ensure that the programme reaches even more households over the next three years.”

“Through a combination of community support programme and events, our focus is on providing families and individuals with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed, healthier choices to their weekly food shop.”

The Healthy Living Centres participating in the ‘Transform Your Trolley’ programme are:

  • Old Library Trust Healthy Living Centre, Derry~Londonderry
  • Loughgiel Healthy Living Centre, Ballymena
  • Kilkeel Development Association, Kilkeel
  • Northern Area Community Network, Cushendall
  • Ligoniel Healthy Living Centre, Belfast
  • Omagh Healthy Living Network, Omagh
  • Peninsula Healthy Living Partnership, Kircubbin
  • Verve Healthy Living Network, Craigavon
  • Oak Healthy Living Centre, Lisnaskea
  • Reach Out Healthy Living Centre, Belfast
  • HEART Project – Maureen Sheehan Centre, Belfast
  • Clanrye Group, Newry

For more information on safefood’s ‘Transform Your Trolley’ programme visit: https://www.safefood.net/transform.