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Healthy Living through Nutrition and Sport

There is a growing realisation that combining healthy eating with exercise is key to ensuring a healthy and active lifestyle. Sports people and scientists involved in food, nutrition and sports science have been aware of this connection for some time.

At the Teagasc Food Research Centre in Moorepark, Fermoy, Cork, this evening, Wednesday, 9 December, aspiring sports people, and those involved in training and coaching sports, and indeed people who just want to tap into this knowledge to increase their general levels of fitness and wellbeing, are meeting to hear presentations on the role of foods in enhancing levels of fitness and health.

It’s an opportunity to learn of and discuss the latest developments with scientists and sports people who are experienced in this area. Presentations will be made by; Dr Niall Moyna, School of Health and Human Performance from DCU on the Biology of Fitness covering a discussion on obesity, fitness and diets; Dr Sharon Madigan, Head of Performance Nutrition Irish Institute of Sport on Introducing nutritional concepts to children and adolescents; and by Dr Paul Cotter, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark on the role Teagasc plays in understanding foods for health.

These three presentations will be followed by discussion with well-known sport people including:

  • Tomás O’Shea – Gaelic Football
  • Mike Ross – Rugby
  • Joanne Fearon – Athletics
  • Mark Collins - Gaelic Football
  • Davy Russell – Jockey
  • Ashling Hutchings – Gaelic Football & Rugby
  • Tomás Clancy – Gaelic Football & Hurling

Scientists from Teagasc and UCC will be there to highlighting their work and share their knowledge in the area of Foods for Health.

Speaking in advance of this evening’s event, Dr Tom Beresford, of the Food Bioscience Department in Teagasc said: “We have invited in people from across the community and local sports clubs to meet and hear from both food research scientists and from some top Irish athletes, across a variety of sports, to highlight how important the choice of foods we eat and the quantities we consume are, and how to balance this with sustainable levels of exercise to ensure we stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible.”