Katie Taylor in campaign to promote a healthier lifestyle

Olympic champion has described levels of obesity among Irish children as “shocking”

Katie Taylor helps launch Aramark’s Right Track Pledge campaign. Photograph: John T Ohle Photography

Katie Taylor helps launch Aramark’s Right Track Pledge campaign. Photograph: John T Ohle Photography

Tue, Jan 14, 2014, 13:57

Taylor has been chosen as catering company Aramark’s health and wellness ambassador and the public face of the Aramark Right Track Pledge campaign.

The campaign involves members of the public pledging to do something to have a healthier lifestyle in return for a donation from the company.

Taylor has been going around the country promoting healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. “People need to get out and do some more exercise especially children who are stuck inside with computers. That’s a huge factor now,” she said.

Taylor says she has a sweet tooth and has to cut out chocolate to make the weight for fights. She advised those people who wish to live a healthier lifestyle not to be discouraged by lapses, but to keep at it. “It’s important to have a healthy balanced diet but not to get too bogged down about it. It’s important to enjoy your food too.

“Consistency is the key. Just keep going week in, week out and eventually you will see the results. You’ll look and feel so much better. You’ll also think so much better.”

After a relatively quiet year last year, Taylor will be busy in 2014 with the European Championships in May followed by the World Championships in Canada in October.

Nothing wrong about treats
The Olympic champion said she had no view on the issue of companies such as Cadbury and McDonald’s sponsoring sporting organisations but said that you “have to be able to treat yourself now and again. There is nothing wrong about that.”

For each “pledge” received, Aramark will donate 20 cent to the company’s four chosen charities for 2014 and is aiming to raise a total of €7,000.

There are a number of ways to submit a pledge. People can log on to Twitter and tweet their pledge using the hashtag #RightTrackPledge or like the Aramark Ireland Facebook page and post their pledge. Alternatively, people can log on to Pinterest, follow the Aramark Ireland page and “pin” their pledge to the Right Track Pledge board with a photo or video.