Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

Operation Transformation returns for 17th season

14/12/2023

New OT Meal Plan initiative undertaken by number of secondary schools

New OT home, 5 new leaders, Operation Transformation National Blood Pressure Day, & Find Your Sport form part of upcoming series

Plus, the return of the OT podcast & Ireland Lights Up

Operation Transformation (OT) has today announced its 2024 return on Wednesday 3rd January at 9:35pm with five brand-new leaders as it continues to connect communities all over Ireland with the aim of improving their health and wellbeing.

Presenter Kathryn Thomas will be on hand to encourage and cheer the show's new leaders every step of the way as they embark on a health and wellness plan under the supervision of four qualified experts. Devising the health and wellness plan and guiding the class of 2024 leaders in a new chapter of self-improvement are the team of OT experts; principal clinical psychologist Dr Eddie Murphy, dietitian Sophie Pratt, general practitioner Dr Sumi Dunne and fitness expert Karl Henry.

This season will see the launch of a brand-new Meal Plan devised by OT expert, CORU registered dietitian, and member of the Irish Institute of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sophie Pratt, aiming to aid a more sustainable approach to healthy eating that also reflects the cost-of-living crisis*.

With this year's Meal Plan Sophie hopes to improve the cooking skills of the nation. So, this year OT wants to encourage young people all over the country to learn how to cook, a key life skill to put them on the pathway to a healthier future.

For the first time, the series has opened the OT Meal Plan to secondary schools across the country, with the Main Meal plan featuring three recipes from Home Economic students across the country. During the series, Sophie will visit each school, cook dishes, and educate students about the value of cooking as an essential life skill.**

In another OT first on Thursday 18th January 2024, OT will host Operation Transformation National Blood Pressure Day in association with the Irish Pharmacy Union. With a membership of just over 1800 pharmacies across the country, each participating pharmacy will offer free blood pressure readings to their community. The programme will highlight the importance of blood pressure awareness as it is a key health indicator - knowing your blood pressure numbers is the first step to a long and healthy life.

Kathryn Thomas said: Our 2024 leaders are just phenomenal and without a doubt are going to inspire the entire nation as they embark on their health transformations - at the same time encouraging us all to focus on our own health and wellness goals come January too. This year we are delighted to launch our very first Operation Transformation National Blood Pressure Day and we are thoroughly delighted Ireland Lights Up is back and we'll encourage the nation to train with us for the 5k run in the Phoenix Park, the ultimate nod to the power of the Operation Transformation community.

Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath will be the home of OT 2024. Each week the five leaders will have their Health Check-In at St James Hall, Kilbeggan. In partnership with Westmeath County Council, the county will host the weekly Ad Break Challenges where Karl Henry gets groups from across the county moving, as well as the audience at home.

Pat Murtagh, Senior Executive Officer for Community Development & Corporate Services from Westmeath County Council said: Westmeath County Council welcomes Operation Transformation to the beautiful Lake County. We are proud to support our diverse communities by providing opportunities for healthy living, sporting and physical activities. Westmeath, in the centre of Ireland's Hidden Heartlands, is the ideal destination for outdoor activity and adventure with nearly 100km of scenic greenways, along with woodland walks and our wonderful lakes.

Katie Jones has continued to embrace change in her life since she was a leader in 2022. She will return to present series two of the OT Podcast. Over the course of eight weeks Katie will meet the 2024 leaders and experts. The podcast will provide additional up to the minute content for OT fans. It will feature former leaders, Find Your Sport, delve into meal and exercise plans, and prepare for the much-loved OT 5K.

Ireland Lights Up returns for its 7th year. With just over 1,200 clubs participating in 2023, this hugely popular initiative by the GAA encourages clubs from the 32 counties to open their grounds and allow people to safely walk under their lights. The GAA and Get Ireland Walking are delighted to invite communities back into the safe outdoor spaces where everyone can get moving at their own pace. Sport Ireland, Athletics Ireland, Local Sports Partnerships and Operation Transformation will work together to bring communities safely together, culminating in the 5K in the Phoenix Park on February 17th, 2024.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

*The new Meal Plan will have a full new collection of breakfast, lunch and snack recipes. Snacks have been categorised as follows - everyday, post exercise, treat and special occasion snacks. The meal plan again consists of 28 recipes (10 of the most popular from 2023 and 18 new recipes). All recipes are interchangeable to plant based. The plan is designed to empower leaders with the tools and knowledge to adapt and sustain healthy everyday eating going forward for including portion size, culinary skills, calories and practical ideas of how to incorporate more fruit and vegetables into their diets.

**With its supermarket partners Dunnes Stores, Supervalu, Centra, Spar, Londis, Mace and Eurospar returning for another year, the OT Meal Plan recipes and ingredients will be available in stores across the country and via the OT App and website.

***All leaders will be announced in early January 2024

Over the course of eight weeks, viewers will see what transformation specifically mean
LINK: https://about.rte.ie/2023/12/14/operation-transformation-returns-for-1...
See more stories from rte

More from RTE

19/04/2024

RT NEWS ANNOUNCES SAMANTHA LIBRERI AS NEW EASTERN CORRESPONDENT

RT News is pleased to announce the appointment of RT journalist, Samantha Libreri, as Eastern Correspondent. Samantha will be reporting and providing analysis...

19/04/2024

Documentary Murder of a GAA Chairman' sheds light on the unanswered questions of the family of Sean Brown

Documentary Murder of a GAA Chairman sheds light on the unanswered questions of ...

18/04/2024

RT Prime Time experiment reveals disturbing content recommended to 13 year old TikTok users in Ireland

In response to growing concerns raised regarding the adverse impact of TikTok co...

18/04/2024

Remembering Alf McCarthy and Larry Masterson

We were saddened to learn this morning of the passing of our friend and former colleague, Alf McCarthy who died yesterday. We remember Alf as a popular present...

15/04/2024

Finalists Confirmed for 2024 RT All Ireland Drama Festival, as RT Celebrates 20 years as title sponsor

Three plays never-before performed will feature in the finals of the 2024 RT Al...

10/04/2024

WINNER OF RT ONE'S HOME OF THE YEAR 2024 REVEALED

Marty Campbell and Shane Murray have lifted the coveted Home of the Year 2024 trophy for their renovated 1920's terrace home in Dublin. In tonight's fi...

08/04/2024

its4women.ie SPONSOR OLIVER CALLAN ON RT RADIO 1

RT Media Sales today announced its4women.ie as the new sponsor of Oliver Callan on RT Radio 1 from Monday 8th April 2024. Oliver Callan's brand-new morni...

04/04/2024

RT Supporting the Arts: What's On this April

Watch our promo: RT Supporting the Arts | What's on This April RT is delighted to support the Incognito Art Sale for the Jack and Jill Children's Fou...

03/04/2024

RT announce new Irish teen drama Louise Lives Large: Eight-part series filmed in Kildare

RT 's biggest ever drama commission for young people, Louise Lives Large, la...

22/03/2024

RT kicks off Guinness Women's Six Nations coverage with France v Ireland

Watch all the games live across RT and Virgin Media Television from Saturday 23rd March All Ireland games live on RT Radio The Guinness Women's Six Nat...

21/03/2024

Award-winning Dizzy Deliveries confirmed for a new series on RTjr this April

Exclusive episode released to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day Award-winning children's series Dizzy Deliveries is back, with season two premiering on 15t...

20/03/2024

RT Winners at the RTS Ireland Awards

RT had six winners across ten categories at last night's RTS Ireland awards which took place in Dublin's Liberty Hall Theatre with host Dermot Whelan a...

15/03/2024

Celebrate the Best of Irish Culture with RT this St Patrick's Weekend

The Late Late Show hosts a world record attempt for the largest c il band performance Irish weekend sporting action from Six Nations to Allianz League Dancin...

13/03/2024

RT SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2024 OPEN FOR ENTRIES

TELL US YOUR (SHORT) STORIES The 2024 RT Short Story Competition is now open for entries. The RT Short Story Competition was set up in 1986 to honour wr...

12/03/2024

Statement by RT Director-General on the death of Charlie Bird

Kevin Bakhurst, Director-General of RT paid tribute to former RT journalist Charlie Bird following his death. We are all deeply saddened by the news of Char...

11/03/2024

Ireland's heartbreaking defeat to England draws average of almost 1 million viewers to RT2

Viewing numbers peak at 1.2m Additional 230,000 streams on RT Player Ireland...

08/03/2024

2024 Celtic Media Festival: RT drama Obituary nominated alongside Amazon Prime and BBC dramas

RT and independent Irish producers receive 19 Nominations for the 2024 Celtic...

08/03/2024

LONGEST FBI CASE RESOLVED BY RT PODCAST SERIES RUNAWAY JOE A FAMILY TORN APART REUNITED

The final episode of the RT true crime podcast series Runaway Joe uncovers new ...

07/03/2024

Cian Ducrot Voted RT Choice Music Prize Irish Song of The Year

Cian Ducrot Voted RT Choice Music Prize Irish Song of The Year Irish Album of The Year to be announced at Live Event in Vicar Street tonight Irish Artist of ...

05/03/2024

New RT lyric fm show on Sunday Afternoons with Simon Delaney

RT lyric fm has announced a new addition to their schedule, Sunday Afternoon with Simon Delaney. Join stage and screen actor Simon Delaney every Sunday afterno...

01/03/2024

HARRY CORRY SPONSOR LIVELINE ON RT RADIO 1

RT Media Sales has announced Harry Corry as new sponsor of Liveline on RTE Radio 1 from today, Friday 1 March 2024. When the nation has something to say, the...

01/03/2024

RT Announces Appointment of Mari Hurley as Chief Financial Officer

RT Announces Appointment of Mari Hurley as Chief Financial Officer RT is pleased to announce the appointment of Mari Hurley to the role of Chief Financial Of...

29/02/2024

Evelyn O'Rourke announced as RT Arts and Media Correspondent

RT News is pleased to announce Evelyn O'Rourke has been appointed as Arts and Media Correspondent following an internal competition. An award winning RT ...

23/02/2024

Statement by Kevin Bakhurst, Director-General of RT: Sin N Raghallaigh

In a note to the staff of RT this morning, Director-General, Kevin Bakhurst, said: It is with deep regret that I share with you the announcement by Si n N R...

22/02/2024

RT Choice Music Prize Classic Irish Album Announced

RT Choice Music Prize In association with IMRO and IRMA Classic Irish Album And the winning album is Achtung Baby by U2 Live Event, Vicar St Thursday 7th...

22/02/2024

RT Publishes Updated Legal Advice Regarding the Departures of Individuals

RT is today making available the updated legal advice received in respect of questions arising in connection with recent departures of executive-level senior m...

21/02/2024

RT Choice Music Prize Conversations 2024: 7th March, 12.00-16.00

RT Choice Music Prize In association with IMRO and IRMA Conversations 2024 7th March, 12.00-16.00 http://www.choicemusicprize.ie/conversations/ Live Event...

21/02/2024

Allcare Pharmacy sponsors Brendan O'Connor on RT Radio 1

RT Media Sales has announced Allcare Pharmacy as sponsor of Brendan O' Connor, RT Radio 1, Saturday & Sunday, 11am-1pm. Brokered by Javelin, the ten-mont...

19/02/2024

Line-up: RT Radio 1 Folk Awards - Vicar Street 27.02.24

The 6th RT Radio 1 Folk Awards will be held in Vicar Street, Dublin on Tuesday 27th of February at 7.45pm. The Awards will be broadcast live on RT Radio 1 and...

17/02/2024

Statement RT Director-General, Kevin Bakhurst

Commenting today, RT Director-General, Kevin Bakhurst said: As I have stated already, RT has previously received legal advice that it is restricted from pro...

14/02/2024

RT and ITV reveal first look at second series of The Dry

RT and ITVX have revealed a first look at the cast of the highly anticipated second series of The Dry, which will air on RT One and RT Player later in the sp...

14/02/2024

Opening Statements: Joint Oireachtas Media Committee 14.02.24

To view today's Opening Statement to the Joint Oireachtas Media Committee by RT Director General, Kevin Bakhurst, click here. To view today's Opening ...

13/02/2024

Statement from the RT Board

In compiling, preparing and producing its independent Report on Toy Show The Musical, Grant Thornton, in applying its methodology under its Terms of Reference t...

13/02/2024

Home of the Year returns for its 10th series on RT

The tenth series of much-loved property series Home of the Year starts Tuesday 20th February at 8.30pm on RT One and RT Player. Since first appearing on scre...

09/02/2024

RT COVERAGE OF THE STATE FUNERAL OF FORMER TAOISEACH, JOHN BRUTON

RT will broadcast live coverage on television, radio and online of the State Funeral of former Taoiseach, John Bruton. On Friday 9th February Mr Bruton's ...

08/02/2024

TRONA N DHOMHNAILL TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT RT RADIO 1 FOLK AWARDS

TR ONA N DHOMHNAILL TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT RT RADIO 1 FOLK...

08/02/2024

MORE LISTENERS TUNING INTO RT'S RADIO SERVICES ACCORDING TO LATEST JNLR LISTENERSHIP FIGURES

RT 's radio services reach over two million adults* or 48% every week RT ...

07/02/2024

RT Supporting the Arts: What's On this February

Watch our promo: RT Supporting the Arts | What's on YouTube This February RT is delighted to support the Dublin International Film Festival 2024, along...

01/02/2024

RT Publishes Results of Public and Staff Consultations on New Direction Document

RT recently published a ten-point plan setting a new direction for the radical transformation of the organisation, outlining a vision for a new RT in the form...

31/01/2024

RT Publishes Report Report Examining Voluntary Exit Programmes operated in 2017 and 2021

RT is today publishing the independent report by McCann FitzGerald LLP, which r...

30/01/2024

RT Choice Music Prize: Live Event Line-up Announcement

RT Choice Music Prize In association with IMRO and IRMA Live Event Line-up Announcement Vicar Street, Dublin Thursday 7th March 7.30pm Limited Tickets on...

30/01/2024

Bambie Thug will represent Ireland at The Eurovision Song Contest 2024

Bambie Thug's Doomsday Blue is chosen on Late Late Show Eurosong Special Bambie Thug will represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024, having eme...

29/01/2024

RT PUBLISHES HIGHEST PRESENTER EARNINGS FOR 2022

RT PUBLISHES HIGHEST PRESENTER EARNINGS FOR 2022 RESTATED EARNINGS FOR 2021 ALSO PUBLISHED RT is today publishing the earnings for its ten highest-paid pres...

25/01/2024

RT lyric fm launches new Where Life Sounds Greener inserts

Where Life Sounds Greener is a series of new inserts on RT lyric fm, as listeners are invited to meet some extraordinary people, each one driven by their love ...

25/01/2024

Statement by Sin N Raghallaigh, Chair of the RT Board

January 25th 2024 The Audit and Risk Committee (ARC) of the RT Board commissioned Grant Thornton to conduct an independent fact-finding review in relation to ...

24/01/2024

BRYAN DOBSON ANNOUNCES HE IS RETIRING FROM RT THIS SPRING

Broadcaster Bryan Dobson has announced that he has decided to retire from RT at the end of April this year. Currently presenter of RT News at One with Bryan D...

22/01/2024

OLIVER CALLAN ANNOUNCED AS NEW PRESENTER AT NINE O'CLOCK ON RT RADIO 1

Oliver Callan will present a new morning programme Oliver Callan on RT Radio 1, weekdays from 9am to 10am from Monday, January 29th. The announcement was mad...

15/01/2024

RT and Virgin Media Television announce Six Nations coverage

The Six Nations kicks off on Friday 2 February with every game live and free-to-air across RT and Virgin Media Television Coverage includes Ireland Men's,...