Patients of the Dean street medical centre are being offered the unique opportunity to participate in operation transformation.
Operation transformation will be back on our screens next week. The cross media event will see five hopefuls attempt to reshape their lives. They will be supported in their efforts by a panel of experts in fitness, nutrition and psychology.
This year, Dean street primary care team were asked by the shows organisers to submit a group of patients to participate. The participants will follow their chosen leader on the programme. They will follow the same exercise programme and dietary advice as one of the on screen participants.
A number of groups from around the country will be participating in the new series of the television programme. A groups of rail workers and the Falconer family and now a group from the Dean street medicla center will battle it out to be named group of the week.
The Kilkenny participants will be monitored weekly in Dean street medical centre where the group's overall weight will be taken and submitted to the show.
The participants will receive expert help in areas such as nutrition and exercise and the psychological aspects of weight management. Dr Eddie Murphy, the operation transformation psychologist, will provide expert advice to the Kilkenny based participants. Dr Murphy is the principal clinical psychologist in Carlow and Kilkenny.
Dean Street Primary Care Team will give their time and resources free of charge, although the service will only be available to patients of the practice.
The primary care team has already had successful programmes for the elderly at risk, diabetics and areas such as health of the traveller population and mental health programmes at the practice. They will soon become one of the few Primary Care Teams to be co-located when the medical centre and HSE professionals including physiotherapy, public and mental health nurses, dietician, speech therapist and occupational therapist all move to a brand new premises on the Granges Road. The new medical centre will be known as Ayrfield Family Practice and Primary Care Team.
Siobhan Maher, one of the practice nurses said that obesity is becoming a serious problem for Ireland and in particular for many children.
Any initiative that raises awareness and prevents diseases such as diabetes and heart disease in the future is worthwhile for a primary care team. It is a population based initiative and they have been shown to be effective.
Dean street medical centre is looking for volunteers to take part in the operation transformation health initiative. If you are interested in participating you should contact the medical centre on 056 7721320