Latest News

Operation Transformation

The staff of Grovelands Childcare Athlone are taking part in this year’s Operation Transformation and are welcoming Athlonians to join them and take on the weight loss and fitness challenge. Group walks will take place every Wednesday for staff, parents, families and friends, beginning at 6.15pm at Grovelands Childcare Athlone centres and all are welcome to take part in the walks. Check Grovelands Childcare’s Facebook page to see which centre (IDA Business Park or Corran Riada) the walk is leaving from on a given week.


As part of the initiative children attending Grovelands Childcare will take part in three physical exercise activities each week and will put staff through their paces to ensure they stay on track! Healthy eating and the benefits of physical activity will be highlighted to the children during the eight weeks of the initiative.


Breda Molloy, Centre Manager Grovelands Childcare IDA business park Athlone said, “Our aim is to make this a really fun and sociable initiative where we improve our health and wellbeing while also enjoying ourselves! It’s also a great opportunity to lead by example for the children. Exercising as a group can really help people to stick to exercise plans so we would encourage everyone to come along and let us all support each other to kick-start ‘healthy bodies, healthy minds’ for 2015.”


The staff have officially registered as a group and will submit photographs and a weekly video showing highlights of activity to Operation Transformation. Staff will also take part in weekly weigh-ins and will compete against other Grovelands Childcare centres in Tullamore and Mullingar – all in the spirit of healthy competition.


Staff would like to thank the Athone Springs hotel which has kindly offered free gym membership and access to the swimming pool to all Grovelands Childcare staff who have signed up for the initiative for the duration of Operation Transformation.


Grovelands Childcare staff attended ‘Healthy Ireland Smart Start’ training last month as part of the organisation’s commitment to promoting physical and emotional wellbeing among staff, children and their families. By taking part in Operation Transformation this year the organisation aims to further cement its commitment to promoting ‘healthy bodies, healthy minds’.


For further information follow Grovelands Childcare on Facebook where Operation Transformation shopping lists and healthy eating plans will be posted. Please remember to wear a high visibility jacket at all times when walking in dusk or darkness.

Switch to mobile site