Healthy Eating

Eating well is important for all of us. In the short-term, it can help us to feel good, look our best and stay at a healthy weight. In the long-term, a healthy, balanced diet can reduce our risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers.

Healthy Eating information for all the family is available from the following sources: 

Safefood Community Food Initiative 2019-2021

The purpose of the safefood Community Food Initiative 2019-2021 is to promote healthy eating among families with children up to the age of 12 years. Through the Healthy Galway City programme, Galway City Partnership was successful in securing funding under this initiative, which will allow for the delivery of two community events and two small projects, each year, for three years. This is of significant importance as Healthy Eating is a key theme of the Healthy Galway City Strategy. 

The Healthy Food Made Easy Programme

Healthy Food Made Easy is a 6-week programme which provides participants with practical information on healthy eating, including, reading food labels, budgeting and meal planning. Participants also have the opportunity to improve cooking skills and experiment with dishes that are quick and easy to prepare. The Healthy Food Made Easy Programme will be run in communities in Galway City in 2020. For more information contact Ashling on 085 8217547 or email healthygalway@gcp.ie

Let's Get Galway Growing

Let's Get Galway Growing is a network of community gardens in Galway City that are organised and run by local community volunteers for the local community. There are currently eight gardens in the network situated across Galway City. The gardens are important community spaces that enable people to get involved in gardening and community events throughout the year. Each garden hosts various free activities and workshops on healthy cooking and eating, growing and harvesting organic food and other community health initiatives. The gardens are open to everyone and family friendly. If you would like to find out more about the community gardens contact the garden in your area directly or contact Galway City Partnership on 091 773466 or email info@gcp.ie.

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Find a Garden Near You

Ard Community Garden

Location: ARD Family Resource Centre, Ardaun, Roscam and Doughiska
Days & times: Wednesdays 7-9pm
Contact details: Caroline Stanley  caroline@ardfrc.com
Supported by: Galway City Partnership, Galway City Council, Galway Healthy Cities Project, HSE West, GRETB

Ballybane Community Garden

Location: The garden is located on Castle Park Road, Ballybane across the road from the Library near the church.
Days & times: Thursdays        10.00am to 1.00pm
Saturdays          2.00pm to 4.00pm
Wednesday evening    7.00pm-9pm (June-September)
Contact details: Galway City Partnership, Ballybane Office - 091 768305
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Supported by: Galway City Partnership, Galway City Council, Galway Healthy Cities Project, HSE West, GRETB


Ballinfoile Mor Community Garden

Location: Located off the Headford road at the rear of Lus Leana and Cluain Fada estates. Look out for the signpost and take the first right hand turn after Ballinfoile church. The garden is at the end of this road.
Days & times: Saturdays          11.00am to 1.00pm
Contact details: Brendan Smith 087 2935106 
Supported by: Galway City Partnership, Galway City Council, Galway Healthy Cities, HSE West, GRETB


Westside (Seamus Quirke Rd) Community Garden

Location: Site identified is beside the Westside Resource Centre, which is located opposite Westside Library on Seamus Quirke Road.
Days & times:

Wednesdays             10.00am to 12.00pm
Thursday evenings   7.00pm to 9.00pm Summer only    

Contact details: James Coyne - 091 528325
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Supported by: Galway City Partnership, Westside Resource Centre, Galway City Council, Galway Healthy Cities Project, HSE West, GRETB.

Bridge House, Community Garden, Cope Galway

Location: Location Bridge House, Dyke Rd,Galway City
Days & times: This garden is closed to the public but open to residents full time.
Contact details: Ben Igoe or Claire Kelly  on 091 730969 / 091 533959
Supported by: Galway City Partnership, Galway City Council, Galway Healthy Cities Project, HSE West, GRETB.

Eglington Community Garden

Location: Eglington Hotel, Salthill
Days & times: The garden is closed to the public but open to residents full time.
Contact details: Suzanne McKane 091 773466
Supported by: Galway City Partnership, Galway City Council, Galway Healthy Cities Project, HSE West, GRETB

Westside Edible Forest Demonstration Garden

Location: 1. The community garden is located beside the Westside running track and playing fields nearest the Letteragh Rd.
2. Canal Commons Food Project- Gardens planted all along the canal in Galway City. 
Days & times:
Contact details: Martina Finn 087 2201972
Supported by: Galway City Partnership, Galway City Council, Galway Healthy Cities, HSE West, GRETB

Scoil Croi Iosa

Location: Scoil Croí Íosa, Presentation Primary School, Newcastle Road, Galway
Days & times: Wednesdays 9.30am-12pm  
Contact details: 091 525904
Supported by: Galway City Partnership, Galway City Council, Galway Healthy Cities, HSE West, GRETB

Healthy Eating Supports in Galway City

Supermarket Tours - The HSE Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service offer FREE Supermarket Tours in Galway City. The tours equip participants with the skills needed to make healthier choices when shopping. Themed tours are also available, including ‘Food choices for diabetes’, ‘Healthy food for the family’ or ‘Shopping for one’. For more information, or to register your interest please call 091 861186

Breastfeeding Support Groups- click here for a list of Breastfeeding support groups in Galway. For further information on breastfeeding visit the mychild.ie website.

Weaning Workshops - The introduction of solid foods is an important development stage for your baby both nutritionally and socially. These free workshops offer helpful advice about healthy weaning foods for infants and toddlers. Parents will have an opportunity to have any questions they may have answered. The second of this two-part programme offers a demonstration of simple cooking techniques on how to prepare nutritious meals for your baby. For more information contact Imelda on 086 0227821/ 091 768305 or email imelda@gcp.ie.



Resources

Safefood 101 Square Meals Cookbook - Easy recipes for everyday life

Useful websites: safefood.eu; makeastart.ie; mychild.ie, gov.ie/together 

Healthy Meeting Guidelines

A range of printed materials, including information in relation to healthy eating, are now available to download, or order, through healthpromotion.ie/publications

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