‘There’s no point in pretending obesity isn't a problem' - Kathryn Thomas launches search for 'Operation Transformation' leaders
RTE presenters Kathryn Thomas and Ray D'Arcy are looking for five new leaders to encourage the nation by featuring in Operation Transformation.
Fitness enthusiast Kathryn Thomas wants to get the country on the healthy eating bandwagon.
"There’s no point in pretending obesity isn't a problem," she said. "We need to face up to it, realise what we're eating and be aware of it."
Today, Kathryn launched the nationwide search for Operation Transformation leaders to appear on the popular RTE show.
RTE is looking for five people to step up to the mark and sign up for the chance to change their lifestyle for the better.
To launch the call out, she was joined by four of last year's five leaders - who have lost a collective 14 stone.
"It's a call to action, when you see the lads with their weight still going down it just shows you, you still have so much responsibility when the show ends. It’s not that you can go into McDonalds and order your burger, you’re still going to be remembered and it keeps them on the straight and narrow."
"It's real public service broadcasting at its best - we can deliver, make a difference, and have the Minister for Health talking about the show this morning, which was fantastic," she added.
It was also revealed that The Ray D'Arcy Show will be the new radio partner for the ninth series of Operation Transformation.
Health enthusiast Ray, who recently kick started a new clean lifestyle by ditching sugar, said he is "very excited" to be involved with the popular show
"We’re big fans in our house. I think it’s a very important show. It gives people who are struggling with their weight a focus and a great sense that they are not on their own. We hope that listeners jump on board and join us on RTÉ Radio 1 for eight weeks that could change your life," the dad-of-two said at the launch.
“I just love the positivity of the show. I love everything that it stands for. I love the feeling of support – not just between the leaders themselves but from the country as a whole," Kathryn added
"I’m so proud to be involved in it – it’s amazing when you see the level of support and the Facebook messages and all the encouragement for the leaders when we go from village to village."
Last year's participants Eilish Kavanagh, Mark McArdle, Alan Mullen and Louise Ormsby also gathered together to encourage potential new leaders to take that first step and download the application form.
"The leaders change peoples’ lives," Kathryn said. "When they open themselves up and they open their homes up and let us in with the cameras - it takes a lot to do it but it works and it makes a difference to so many people around the country. We need to tackle obesity and we need people to apply. It’s very difficult to make that decision yourself to fill in the application form so if you have a son or daughter, a husband or wife, a mother or father who you think could be a leader please encourage them to apply. 2016 could be their year."
If you feel you are up for the challenge and want to kickstart a transformation, RTE would like to hear from you.
For more information, log onto http://www.rte.ie/ot/ to download an application form.
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