safefood Operation Transformation roadshow to visit Blanchardstown

13 February, 2013. Blanchardstown, Dublin will be the final location for the safefood Operation Transformation nationwide roadshow, which is visiting five locations across Ireland in January and February. safefood, the agency responsible for promoting healthy eating and food safety on the island of Ireland, is the sponsor of the popular RTÉ programme and their roadshows are providing practical healthy eating advice, tips on being active and motivation for people looking to kick start their own transformation. The final roadshow will be at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre on Saturday 16th February with a range of activities running from 12pm to 3.30pm and everyone is welcome to come along.

The aim of the roadshow is to help people around the country to get involved in healthy eating and physical activity in a fun, interactive and engaging way. safefood experts will be on hand to provide practical advice on topics like portion sizes, calorie swaps and healthy eating for long-term weight loss and there will be games, quizzes and much more. Dieticians from the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (INDI) are lending their support at all the venues too. Also on the roadshow menu is the opportunity to take part in a free workout with the programme’s very own fitness expert, Karl Henry, and you can meet and support Dublin’s Operation Transformation leader, Gavin Walker from Tallaght.

“The annual safefood sponsored Operation Transformation has really become a January landmark and our roadshows make it all the more local. The emphasis on portion sizes, and being active is key to long-term weight loss”, commented Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan, Director, Human Health and Nutrition, safefood. “With 2 in every 3 people currently overweight, the example of the participants in the programme, their supporters and groups around the country are an inspiration in tackling what is a serious public health issue and I encourage everyone to come along, get some really useful advice and have some fun too!”

The safefood roadshow is a great way to involve even more people across Ireland in Operation Transformation. We want people across the country to come along to their local roadshow,” 

said personal trainer and fitness expert Karl Henry. “I’ll be running ‘gentle’ group workout sessions suitable for anyone to join at each location and on hand to chat to people about becoming more active.  Nothing like a spot of exercise to give you more energy for shopping and becoming more active generally!”

I’m really excited about being a leader on Operation Transformation and flying the flag for Dublin,”

said Gavin Walker from Tallaght, Dublin.  “I know it’s going to be tough but it will be worth it in the end. I’ll be at the roadshow in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre and would be delighted to meet people for a chat and all the words of encouragement they can offer.  There are so many other people like me who want to lose weight and become healthier and I think this roadshow will help people get on the right track.”

For those following Operation Transformation, there will be helpful resources available on safefood’s website and Facebook page as well as on  You can watch Operation Transformation on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 8.30pm on RTÉ One and also follow the series every week on The John Murray Show on RTÉ Radio 1.

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For more information please contact

Orla Dormer / Rachel Ahearne

01 6690030 / 085 708 6877 (OD) / 087 1340390 (RA) /


Dermot Moriarty safefood

01 448 0600 / 086 381 1034 or

Editor’s Notes

The safefood OT Roadshows are on every Saturday from 12.00-3.30pm as follows:

  • 19th January - Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Cork
  • 26th January - Crescent Shopping Centre, Limerick
  • 2nd February - Ernside Shopping Centre, Enniskillen
  • 9th February - Whitewater Shopping Centre, Newbridge  
  • 16th February - Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Dublin