N Monday 2 June, Belfast City Hall opened its doors to welcome the citizens of Belfast to join their Healthy Big Lunch. People across the city and beyond were invited to bring their lunch to City Hall and enjoy a healthy and fun range of activities, including a demo on healthy cooking by Vital Nutrition’s Jane McClenaghan, Salsa dancing, food-growing tips and mindfulness sessions.
Grainne McCloskey spokesperson for The Big Lunch in Northern Ireland said: “This Healthy Belfast Big Lunch was all about taking the time to get to know the folk who live and work near City Hall. Belfast City Council encouraged everyone to take the time to share food, fun and friendship and that’s what The Big Lunch is about! Developing a sense of community and being able to be there for each other.
“It was great to highlight local sustainable living ideas and health and wellbeing resources and to see so many people learning a few salsa moves and enjoying lunch together. This is also Volunteer’s Week so we were delighted to have the support of our local ASDA and Halifax volunteers who provided fresh fruit and water and the fantastic Salsa dancers Tony and Carolina who taught us a few Latin dance moves.”
Nutritionist Jane McClenaghan, Healthy Neighbourhoods ambassador for the Big Lunch said: “I shared lots of tips and gave folk a taste for super salads in my cooking demo today. I love my new role as Big Lunch ambassador and it’s great to be able to put a healthy twist on things this year. Healthy food, good neighbours and the great outdoors, what’s not to love?
“Everyone should put The Big Lunch on their menu and order your own free pack at www.thebiglunch.com, she said.”
Other lunches taking place across Northern Ireland included Belfast Castle’s Big Lunch, Derry City Council’s historic walking lunch tour around the City’s Walls, Castle Upton’s Big Lunch picnic in Templepatrick, a Big Lunch and Diversity Day hosted by the Whitehead Wombles for the local community in Whitehead, a Halifax Big Lunch at Crawfordsburn Country Park and many, many more.
The Big Lunch is an idea from the Eden project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and sponsored by ASDA, Halifax and B&Q Streetclub, encouraging people across the UK to have lunch with their neighbours once a year for a few hours of community, friendship and fun. The simple act of chatting to neighbours can make a real difference in communities and can help tackle isolation say organisers behind the initiative.
Inspired by this Sunday’s Big Lunch celebrations? There’s still chance to take part as you can organise a Big Lunch on a date to suit your community. Free packs including posters, invitations, an inspiration booklet and other resources to help organise your Big Lunch are available from www.thebiglunch.com until the end of June 2014.http://lovebelfast.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/belfast-city-hall-hosts-its-first-healthy-thebiglunch/
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