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Healthy towns

Wex­ford town is this year’s “Healthy Town”. Now in its sev­enth year, the Healthy Town ini­tia­tive is an eight-week free pub­lic pro­gramme of talks, nu­tri­tional advice and community runs in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber. Spon­sored by Pfizer Ire­land, the scheme is sup­ported by Healthy Ire­land. Pre­vi­ous Healthy Towns are Tul­lam­ore, Navan, Athlone, Port­laoise, Wick­low and Kilkenny. See facebook.com/HealthyTownIre­land

Mind­ful­ness course to re­duce stress

An eight-week course in mind­ful­ness-based stress re­duc­tion (MBSR) be­gins on Mon­day, Septem­ber 3rd at 7pm in the Sanc­tu­ary, Stan­hope St, Dublin 7. This course aims to give peo­ple the time, space and tools to gain a deeper un­der­stand­ing of mind­ful­ness prac­tices and how they can help you live with greater ease.

Cost ¤350. See sanc­tu­ary.ie for full de­tails.

In­cred­i­bles ex­er­cise chal­lenge

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is show­ing in cinemas around the coun­try at the mo­ment, and to co­in­cide with the su­per­hero film’s launch, a “24-Hour Chal­lenge2” is also run­ning. The goal is to en­cour­age teams and fam­i­lies to do a to­tal of 24 hours’ ex­er­cise – with prizes in­clud­ing a top prize of a trip to Dis­ney­land Paris. It’s a free, fam­ily-friendly chal­lenge that can be done any­where at any time, with the goal be­ing to clock up a to­tal of 24 hours of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity to­gether be­fore the end of Septem­ber. See 24HourChal­lenge.com

Healthy lunch­boxes

Send­ing your chil­dren off to school with a healthy lunch that they will eat is a chal­lenge for many par­ents. Louise Reynolds, di­eti­tian with the Ir­ish Na­tional Di­etet­ics In­sti­tute, re­minds us that chil­dren’s lunches should in­clude one por­tion of starchy car­bo­hy­drate (eg whole­grain bread, pit­tas or wraps, brown rice/pasta), one por­tion of pro­tein food (eg chicken, fish, egg, pulses), one por­tion of dairy (eg yo­gurt, cheese or milk), one or more por­tions of veg­eta­bles (eg car­rot sticks, pep­pers, sweet­corn, let­tuce, onion), one or more por­tions of fruit (eg ap­ple, orange, ba­nana, pear, kiwi) and a drink of wa­ter and/or milk.

A team ap­proach be­tween par­ents and chil­dren helps stop pre­pared food be­ing thrown out in school bins.

Some schools also have a pol­icy that chil­dren must bring home what they don’t eat.

Be a quit­ter

The next six-week-long free stop smok­ing course at the Pre­ven­ta­tive Medicine and Health Pro­mo­tion Depart­ment at St Vin­cent’s Univer­sity Hospi­tal be­gins on Mon­day Septem­ber 10th. The group ses­sions are fa­cil­i­tated by ex­perts in smok­ing ces­sa­tion. Every­one’s views are val­ued and peo­ple can share the dif­fi­cul­ties of quit­ting in a friendly, safe and con­fi­den­tial en­vi­ron­ment. Book­ing on 01-2214958.

Ir­ish Can­cer So­ci­ety con­fer­ence in Gal­way

Liv­ing Well With Can­cer is the theme of the Ir­ish Can­cer So­ci­ety’s an­nual con­fer­ences for can­cer sur­vivors and their fam­i­lies. They will be held in the Clay­ton Ho­tel, Ballybrit, Gal­way on Septem­ber 15th and the Clay­ton Ho­tel, Sil­ver Springs, Cork on Septem­ber 22nd. Each event will in­clude ses­sions on ad­vances in can­cer treat­ment, deal­ing with fa­tigue, sex­u­al­ity and in­ti­macy af­ter a can­cer di­ag­no­sis. There will also be work­shops on ex­er­cise and diet, mind­ful­ness and re­turn­ing to work. To register to at­tend the con­fer­ence go to can­cer.ie/liv­ing-well, email sup­[email protected]­cancer.ie or call the Can­cer Nurse­line on 1800-200-700.

Send­ing your chil­dren off to school with a healthy lunch can be a chal­lenge.

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