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It is World Heart Day this Sunday September 26, and it’s a good time to take stock of your lifestyle and see if you are doing the best for your heart. Most dietary surveys show that we as a nation are still eating too much fat in our diets. Too many of us are carrying weight that our bodies were not designed to carry. All this is a recipe for disaster, and this is reflected in world statistics showing that people in Ireland are more likely to suffer from heart disease than in practically any other country on the globe.
We are frequently reminded about how we can alter our diets to maintain a healthy weight and heart but eating for our eye health is not something people consider enough. A few simple adjustments to what you eat can not only help you maintain and enhance the condition of your eyes but also prevent you from losing one of your most important senses.
First and foremost, it must be stated – fat is an important part of a healthy diet. The trouble is that not all fats are equally healthy! ‘Trans’ fats have recently been highlighted as an unhealthy type of fat, but many people are unaware of what foods contain this type of fat, and how best to avoid it.
It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like spring is finally here. The first snowdrops have poked their heads out, the crocuses and daffodils are starting to bloom, the buds on the trees have appeared, and the grass is starting to grow!
There are plenty of statistics available that prove child obesity in Ireland has reached epidemic levels. Current figures show that 300,000 children are overweight or obese in Ireland with the number set to grow by 10,000 every year. The Growing up in Ireland 2009 study found one in four nine-year-olds are overweight or obese. Obesity is preventable; the focus now needs to be on prevention and early intervention.
The Blood Pressure Association in the UK has reported that the economic downturn means not just bad news for our pockets but also bad news for our health. The survey suggests that costs attached to a healthy lifestyle such as gym membership and healthier foods may be the first things to go. It is interesting to note that the credit crunch seems to have less effect on our love of alcohol or high fat takeaways!
Some things are priceless – but do you pay enough attention to your children’s diet and lifestyle?
The HSE West’s health promotion department is urging older people to make healthy food choices.
Formula for Healthy Ageing
Mention healthy eating and most children will groan. They equate “good” foods with boring, tasteless meals which lack the allure of their favourite treats.