20 November 2019

A health information seminar on obesity, diabetes and healthy eating takes place in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, on Tuesday, February 24.

The event is being organised by the Tullamore Business Professional Women (BPW) and will feature national and local expert guest speakers who will talk about healthy eating, obesity, physical activity and diabetes management.

The seminar will be of interest to those involved in education, healthy food and environmental changes conducive to more exercise

opportunities.

Three expert speakers will be addressing the seminar. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience at the end.

Dr Donal O'Shea, familiar to many for his national media appearances, will speak on 'Obesity - the Challenges Facing Society.' Dr O'Shea runs a hospital based multi-disciplinary treatment unit for the management of adult obesity.

He is a member of the Department of Health special action group on obesity established in 2011 and chaired the Health Impact Assessment Group on the potential benefits and harms of a tax on sugar sweetened drinks. He is also a member of the Healthy Ireland Council.

Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist at the Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar, Dr Shu Hoashi, who has spearheaded many initiatives at the hospital will speak on the Management and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes. Dr Hoashi is also the Clinical Director at the hospital.

Community Nutritionist and Dietetic Manager with the HSE Midlands, Ms Corina Glennon Slattery, has been to the forefront of many health food initiatives in schools and in the community in the Mid-lands over the past number of years. She will speak on diet and diabetes and the misconceptions regarding same. She will also provide some tips on changing behaviour.

The seminar, the first to be organised by the BPW, will be held in the Bridge House, Tullamore, on Tuesday, February 24, at 8pm.

This promises to be a very interesting and informative evening. Anybody with an interest in the above topics is welcome. Admission is free.