EDI­TOR LIZ KEARNEY

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE - WITH EILISH O’REGAN

Hi

Wel­come to this week’s edi­tion of Health & Liv­ing mag­a­zine. We know that ev­ery par­ent wants the best for their child, es­pe­cially when it comes to their health. But so of­ten we are mak­ing choices for our chil­dren in the mo­ment — when busy or stressed out — with­out the chance to stop and think of the long-term im­pact of those de­ci­sions.

Well, Health & Liv­ing is here to help you fu­ture­proof your chil­dren’s health. This week, as we be­gin to con­tem­plate back to school and all the stresses that brings to fam­ily life, we have ded­i­cated a whole is­sue to your child’s well-be­ing, not just for to­day but in the fu­ture, too.

From sleep to ex­er­cise, men­tal health to nu­tri­tion, we have in­sight and ad­vice on how to lay the foun­da­tions for a healthy adult­hood for your child now. There is di­etary ad­vice for ev­ery grow­ing stage from di­eti­cian Orla Walsh on p8, and on p4, there are tips on how to keep kids out­doors and ac­tive.

David Cole­man di­vulges the se­crets of a stress-free fam­ily life, while Pa­tri­cia Casey cham­pi­ons grand­par­ents and their spe­cial role in rear­ing the next gen­er­a­tion, all on p12 & 13.

The key mes­sage from all our health pro­fes­sion­als is that rais­ing healthy chil­dren doesn’t need to be dif­fi­cult, but it does take a lit­tle bit of plan­ning, a lit­tle bit of thought, and a lit­tle bit of per­se­ver­ance. To­gether, we can foster a so­ci­ety where healthy, happy chil­dren grow up to be happy, healthy adults too.

Un­til next week,

Liz

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