Go ‘Bright for Sight’ this September

Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Actress and comedian, Deirdre O’Kane, has joined forces with Sightsavers Ireland to call on businesses and workers across the country to go ‘Bright for Sight’ and wear something yellow to work on September 8.

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Almost 300 Westmeath people avail of free blood pressure checks

Thu, Aug 24, 2017

New figures from Irish Heart’s Mobile Health Unit service show that a total of 292 people from Westmeath have availed of its free blood pressure checks during its first full year of operation.

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Patterned tiles are now all the rage

Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Eminently practical and stunningly decorative, patterned tiles are surging in popularity at the moment, according to Aisling O’Reilly of Dublin-based retailers, Tile Merchant.

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Beware of the silent killer in your home

Thu, Aug 24, 2017

The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) is warning consumers that the highly poisonous gas carbon monoxide is produced anywhere a fuel is burned, not just in the home.

On average, six people in Ireland die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning, and yet it is estimated more than 730,000 adults in the country do not own a carbon monoxide alarm.

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Ten portions a day? Here’s how to make a start

Thu, Aug 24, 2017

New studies have now suggested that we should be eating 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, but how do we incorporate these into our diet? Adding vegetables to breakfast can be a simple way of getting in some of your daily portions.

You can also try adding a Spatone® sachet into your morning juice to help top up your iron levels and keep you energised, so you can start the day off feeling smug knowing you’ve already packed your breakfast full of goodness. Here are a few nutritious ideas:

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Mini Baked Alaskas by Siúcra and Catherine Fulvio

Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Look no further than this show-stopping classic designed by Siúcra and celebrity chef Catherine Fulvio which isn’t as complicated as you may think, making it the perfect dessert to end a dinner party.

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Absolute relaxation guaranteed at Sheraton Hotel’s Sirana Spa

Thu, Aug 17, 2017

The sun beats down on what is a beautiful Friday afternoon, as I make my way to the Sheraton Athlone Hotel for an afternoon of complete and utter relaxation.

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The sunshine vitamin D

Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Vitamin D is frequently referred to as the 'sunshine vitamin', as it is manufactured by human skin exposed to the sun. For this to take place we need sufficient levels of cholesterol in the body. Vitamin D3 is the form our bodies produce naturally.

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Reports of a dramatic fall in people getting HPV vaccine

Thu, Aug 17, 2017

The dramatic fall in the uptake of a cancer-preventing vaccine requires urgent action for it to be addressed, the newly-formed HPV Vaccination Alliance has said.

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Pobal calls on community groups to avail of supports for older people

Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Pobal, the intermediary body that manages programmes funded by Government and the EU, is calling on community groups in Westmeath to avail of supports for older persons under the Seniors Alert Scheme (SAS).

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Splash into the autumn with Water Babies swim programme

Thu, Aug 17, 2017

The Water Babies programme is designed to make the most of babies’ natural affinity with water. It teaches confidence and safety, using specialist techniques that see many swimming short distances from as young as 30 months.

Water Babies autumn term of classes start at the end of August. The term runs for 10 weeks with weekday classes held in Carlton Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe.

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Get your teeth into this tasty beef burger recipe

Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Beef is wonderfully versatile - you can throw it in a stir fry, roast it in the oven, whack it in a curry, or simply grill it on the barbeque and you are bound to create something tasty.

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