- Get Measured this Saturday in Your Local Pharmacy
8 January: Over 600 pharmacies have signed up to help members of the public know their numbers as part of RTÉ's Operation Transformation campaign. On Saturday 10 January, pharmacies across the country will provide free BMI and waist measurements from 10am-12pm.
Kathy Maher, President of the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), said, "It is important that people have a healthy BMI and a healthy waist measurement. Pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare professionals and are ideally placed to play a central role in public health. Pharmacists will carry out these measures on Saturday to help the public know their numbers as having a healthy weight can reduce the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. We are delighted to be involved with Operation Transformation this year in promoting a healthy lifestyle to the public."
Body Mass Index (BMI) is calculated using the person's height and weight. It is recommended that women have a maximum waist measurement of 32 inches (80cms) and men have a maximum measurement of 37 inches (94cms).
Log onto www.rte.ie/ot/events/know-your-numbers to find your nearest participating pharmacy or join the Operation Transformation team at one of seven pop-up measurement centres (Dundrum Town Centre in Dublin, Mahon Point in Cork, Crescent Shopping Centre in Limerick, Galway Shopping Centre, Athlone Shopping Centre, Long Walk Shopping Centre in Dundalk and Gorey Shopping Centre in Wexford).