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Story ideas for Thursday 22nd October 2015

October 19, 2015 Posted in : Dairy Farming, Food, Food for Health Ireland, Food Science

Story Idea: Dairy-free diets – A dangerous fad?
Expert: Emma Feeney (Expert in Nutrition) Researcher within Food for Health Ireland.                            
The Hook: 
Is the ‘dairy-free diet’ one of the more dangerous fads of our times? Many of the nutrients found in dairy foods cannot be easily replaced by other food sources. Avoidance of dairy could set us up for some serious long-term effects that won’t be seen until later in life. Tuesday 20th is World Osteoporosis Day, and this the ideal time to discuss the importance of dairy in our diets.

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Story ideas for every day of the week: 19th October – 23rd October 2015

October 19, 2015 Posted in : Agriculture, Childcare, Children, Education, Food for Health Ireland, PLE, Start Strong, Teagasc, UCC

Monday 19th October 2015

Story Idea: What difference does the budget make to educators working in the early years sector?
Expert: Dr. Mary Moloney 
(Expert in Third Level Institutions) Chairperson, PLÉ – the National Association of third Level Institutions.                        
The Hook: While the Budget sees an €85m investment in early childhood care and education this week, it seems that the government have forgotten about those who work with young children in these settings. It is widely known that even when early childhood educators hold an honours degree in early childhood, they earn little more than minimum wage, which from January 2016 increases to €9.16 per hour.

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Story ideas for Thursday 8th October 2015

October 5, 2015 Posted in : Food for Health Ireland, Food Science, Health, Healthy Living, University Limerick

Story Idea: Recovery strategies for Irish rugby players during the Word Cup
Expert: Dr Brian Carson (Expert in Exercise and Nutrition) Programme Manager, University of Limerick/ Food for Health Ireland.                             
The Hook: Athlete recovery during a tournament such as the Rugby World Cup can determine a team’s success. Joe Schmidt wants the best team available for selection for each game and that means his players can be required to be fit and fresh for a crucial encounter as little as only 3 days post their previous battle. Nutrition and sport science supported strategies are crucial to this endeavour and can dictate a team’s success at the tournament.

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Story ideas for every day of the week: 5th October – 9th October 2015

October 5, 2015 Posted in : BR Clinic Ltd, Camara, Charity, Debt, Education, Food for Health Ireland, Galzacs Guide, Health, MABS, Mental Health, The Wheel

Monday 5th October 2015

Story Idea: Giving teachers the tools to build a brighter future
Expert: John Fitzsimons (Expert in Education and Information Technology) CEO, Camara Education.                        
The Hook: Camara Education’s iKnowledge project is an innovative partnership that will see the organisation provide an online interactive learning platform for teachers in 250 schools across Tanzania. Camara are providing the necessary ICT training, support and encouragement, so teachers can bring a new digital classroom experience to their students.

John is available to be interviewed on Monday 5th October, which is also World Teachers’ Day.

Notable Events for Monday 5th

* Anniversary: 1789, the Women of Paris marched to Versailles to confront Louis XVI about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism
* CSO – Industrial Production and Turnover August 2015 (Provisional) July 2015 (Final)
* On this day in 1962 “Dr. No” the 1st ever James Bond film based on the novel by Ian Fleming premiered in London

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Story ideas for Friday 4th September 2015

August 31, 2015 Posted in : Dublin, Exercise, Experts, Food for Health Ireland, Health, Healthy Living, Heart

Story Idea: 8 weeks out from the Dublin marathon, have you been doing your strength training?
Expert: Brian Carson 
(Expert in Endurance Performance and Strength Training) Programme Manager, Food for Health Ireland.                     
The Hook: Though the marathon is very much an endurance event and traditional training models pursue endurance training alone, novel research from our group at the University of Limerick indicates that strength training can improve key endurance performance parameters, in particular running economy (the energy cost per kilometer run at a given speed). We compared two groups of 10k running athletes, one group pursued traditional endurance training alone, and one included strength training on 2 days per week in addition to traditional endurance training. What we found was that those undertaking the strength training improved their key endurance performance indicators to a greater extent than those endurance training alone…

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Story ideas for Wednesday 2nd September 2015

August 31, 2015 Posted in : Diabetes, Food for Health Ireland, Galzacs15, Health, Healthy Living, Heart

Story Idea: Diabetes screening & awareness day (Sep 2nd): The importance of exercise and nutrition in the prevention/treatment of Type 2 Diabetes   
Expert: Brian Carson (Expert in Exercise and Diabetes) Programme Manager, Food for Health Ireland/ University of Limerick.
The Hook: As the prevalence of Diabetes in Ireland grows, an increased emphasis needs to be placed on education around the importance of exercise and nutrition in the prevention/onset of this chronic disease. The acute and chronic effects of exercise on the control of blood glucose are profound, and the timing and type of exercise can be manipulated to help prevent blood glucose levels straying into the diabetic range. Similarly, the amount, composition and timing of our food intake can determine the progression of our metabolic health…

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Story ideas for every day of the week: 31st August – 4th September 2015

August 31, 2015 Posted in : Appointments, CBRE, Childcare, Children, Dublin, Dublin Town, Exercise, Food for Health Ireland, Health, Healthy Living, Heart, IPU, Irish Pharmacy Union, Property Market, Schools

Monday 31st August 2015

Story Idea: School environment increases kids chances of becoming sick
Expert: Kathy Maher (Expert in Pharmacy & Medicine) President of the Irish Pharmacy Union.                       
The Hook:
 With Schools returning children are more likely to be susceptible to the common flu and tummy bug; the typical child expecting to get 3 to 8 common colds a year and 2 to 3 bouts of viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu) a year. It is a sure thing that parents will be treating their children for minor ailments during the course of the school year. That’s why Pharmacists have issued some practical tips for parents for this school year. President of the Irish Pharmacy Union, Kathy Maher, is available for comment on tips for kids well-being.

Notable Events for Monday 31st

* Rowing World Championships are taking place in France
* Social Justice Ireland will launch the National Social Monitor 2015 today
* On this day in 2006, Edvard Munch’s famous painting “The Scream” is recovered in a raid
* CSO: Milk Statistics July 2015

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Experts in the Media: 17th-21st August

August 25, 2015 Posted in : Asthma, Asthma Society of Ireland, Cork, Dairy Farming, Experts, Experts in the Media, Food, Food for Health Ireland, Food Science, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15, Health, Healthy Living, Homelessness, Housing, Ireland, Our experts in the media, Report, Simon Community, Stories, UCC, UCD

Our experts made the news across a wide variety of genres last week, offering their knowledge and insights across the nation’s media outlets. The Irish Examiner, Newstalk and Kfm are just a few of the media outlets that have featured our experts in recent days.

Galzac’s experts provided commentary on a wide range of topics including the impact cheese is really having on our health, the housing crisis in Dublin and the spike in asthma attacks in children. (more…)

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Story ideas for every day of the week: 17th – 21st August 2015

August 17, 2015 Posted in : Agriculture, Airbnb, Construction, Dublin, English, Food, Food for Health Ireland, Food Science, Galzacs15, Homelessness, Housing, Irish Green Building Council, NALA, Simon Community, Tax, TaxAssist

Monday 17th August 2015

Story Idea: Calling All Cheese Lovers  - Food for Health Ireland researchers to undertake the largest study of the impact of cheese on Irish heart health
Expert: Dr Emma Feeney 
(Expert in Nutrition and Food Consumption) Researcher, Food for Health Ireland/ UCD.                   
The Hook: Are we getting the wrong advice about saturated fat from foods like cheese? For years, cheese has been demonized as a food high in saturated fat which could raise cholesterol levels and heart disease risks. Irish researchers in University College Dublin and Teagasc Moorepark now think that this advice needs a rethink. A number of scientific studies published in the last few years have called into question the current negative message about cheese as an unhealthy food. This emerging science from around the world is poking holes in the argument that cheese is detrimental to health. FHI scientists will shortly begin the largest study of its kind in Ireland to understand more about cheese and its impact on our health.

Dr Emma Feeney, FHI UCD explains ‘Cheese is high in saturated fat however the composition of the matrix of the fat is special. The fat is found with other nutrients like calcium and protein. It is believed that this matrix of nutrients with the fat can potentially have a positive effect on our health. Our study will look at this theory in more detail’.

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Notable Events for Monday 17th

* Eurostat – International trade in goods – June 2015
* The Rose of Tralee International 10k charity run

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Calling All Cheese Lovers – Food for Health Ireland researchers to undertake the largest study of the impact of cheese on Irish heart health

August 17, 2015 Posted in : Dairy Farming, Food, Food for Health Ireland, Health, Healthy Living, Heart, Science, Teagasc, UCD

Are we getting the wrong advice about saturated fat from foods like cheese? For years, cheese has been demonized as a food high in saturated fat which could raise cholesterol levels and heart disease risks. Irish researchers in University College Dublin and Teagasc Moorepark now think that this advice needs a rethink.

A number of scientific studies published in the last few years have called into question the current negative message about cheese as an unhealthy food. This emerging science from around the world is poking holes in the argument that cheese is detrimental to health. FHI scientists will shortly begin the largest study of its kind in Ireland to understand more about cheese and its impact on our health.

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