What the Hope & Dream means to the David­stown Cub Scouts

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IN 2014 the David­stown Cub Scouts were in­vited to do a chief scout award, this meant they had to sign an agree­ment and com­plete ex­tra chal­lenges out­side the an­nual pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties.

One of those chal­lenges is a 20k hike to be com­pleted in eight hours. The cub scouts, af­ter care­ful re­search and check­ing with in­surance de­cided to join the com­mu­nity ad­ven­ture in the Hope and Dream 10 mile walk.

This was a great op­por­tu­nity for the cubs to see how the com­mu­nity works to­gether to achieve such a suc­cess­ful event and how money raised is used lo­cally for the peo­ple in Wex­ford.

The first year we took part in the walk we were in­vited into the Hope Cen­tre by Margo Ke­hoe and given the tour. We were shown what goes on in the cen­tre and this led to cub­scouts tak­ing part in the walk ev­ery year and we painted and planted the court yard in the Hope Cen­tre with dona­tions from lo­cal busi­nesses.

Cubs would meet an hour be­fore the start of the walk and walk two miles and then com­plete the 10 miles as our chal­lenge is 12 miles or 20k. Cubs takinng part range from nine to 12 years of age. Each year cubs who have com­pleted the walk would opt to go again the next year or two as it is such an achieve­ment to cross that fin­ish line as a per­sonal goal but also to know we are rais­ing money for great causes.

The above min­er­als are just some of the im­por­tant ones we need in our di­ets to aid in pro­duc­ing en­ergy, reg­u­late potas­sium lev­els in the body, aid in oxy­gen con­sump­tion in our cells, help­ing thy­roid func­tion and much more.

Your food choices each day af­fect your health – how you feel to­day, to­mor­row and in the fu­ture.

Good nu­tri­tion is an im­por­tant part of lead­ing a healthy life­style. Com­bined with phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, your diet can help you reach and main­tain a healthy weight, re­duce your risk of chronic dis­eases such as heart dis­ease, di­a­betes, high choles­terol, high blood pres­sure and cer­tain can­cers.

Ev­ery week we will add a dif­fer­ent daily plan and af­ter seven weeks you will have a weekly plan

Break­fast ev­ery morn­ing start­ing off with a glass of hot wa­ter, le­mon and honey great im­mune booster, then ce­real like por­ridge made with al­mond or co­conut milk, try adding dif­fer­ent berries and seeds (flax or chia seeds) good source of fi­bre also anti-ox­i­dants to fight tis­sue dam­age from all the tough train­ing.

Healthy snack mid morn­ing choose some­thing small as in a nat­u­ral live yo­gurt with piece of fruit or small brown scone and jam

Lunch: whole­grain sand­wich with any of the fol­low­ing tuna & sweet corn, cot­tage cheese, spinach and tomato

Healthy snack mid af­ter­noon: again some­thing small like piece of fruit or mug of green tea

Din­ner: Fish at least twice a week if pos­si­ble with plenty of veg, try roast­ing the veg with sweet potato and grate gin­ger and gar­lic over them with a lit­tle olive oil (my favourite)

Evening time: pro­tein shake or glass of milk be­fore bed. Martina O’ Sul­li­van


Martina’s Recipe of the week: Vi­ta­min and Min­eral Veg­gie Smoothie

David­stown Cub Scouts pre­sent­ing a cheque to the Hope & Dream last year. Vi­ta­mins and Min­er­als

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