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The average Easter egg contains around 550 calories, so if you indulged your sweet tooth last weekend, you might want to incorporate a little extra exercise into your routine to counteract the waist-widening effects. A one-hour run can torch up to 500 calories and all you need to get started is a good pair of runners. We love the radically lightweight Skechers GOrun 2, which is designed to...

A free service is putting a spring in the step of Cork’s over 50s by urging older people to get active. Go for Life FitLine can offer advice on facilities, clubs, classes and groups or help callers to work out an activity routine they can do alone. After you’ve made the first call, they’ll arrange a time to ring you every few weeks until you’re happy with your progress...

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI) will launch its ‘65 Roses' National Awareness Week with the help of TV & Radio Broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan next month. A variety of ’65 Roses’ emblems will be available from major shopping centres throughout the country and all funds collected will help support the work of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland in providing grants and services for...

Sandra Daly, CEO Mercy University Hospital, Maura Derrane, RTE and Micheal O’Reilly, Chairman of The Irish Hospice Foundation at the Mortuary. Picture: Gerard McCarthy 

The first Irish mortuary to be completed under a grant scheme assisting projects that enhance the dignity of people who die in the country’s hospitals has opened in Cork. The €...

Being big-hearted can help to reduce cholesterol levels and body mass index, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Canadian researchers found that volunteering work not only reduced risk factors like cholesterol and body fat, it also reduced associated factors like stress by improving self esteem, mental health and mood.

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Essential French is continuing its series of free SOS Study Seminars to help students over the Easter holidays. On Wednesday, April 3rd, the grinds specialists will hold their first Business Studies seminar aimed at Junior Cert students and their parents. Fachtna O’Mahony, a partner in the accountancy firm Quintas will cover critical areas such as exam question prediction, time...

Heralded as a major breakthrough for Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers, Symprove, a natural supplement drink made from barley with live and ‘ready-to-work’ bacteria, is now available over the counter from pharmacists and health food stores in Cork.

Proven as an effective treatment for the condition in an independent NHS trial, the product can combat symptoms including...

Do you find it difficult to be adventurous with your diet? A new study has shown that picky eating may be genetic. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that genes explained 72% of aversion to trying new food in the 66 pairs of four to seven-year-old twins studied.

Most of us suffer with pain from time to time but popping a pill is not always the answer. In some cases, the gentle manual techniques used in osteopathy can resolve common problems such as neck and back pain, headaches and migraines, hip knee and foot injuries quickly and effectively. Osteopath Barry White spent 10 years as an aircraft engineer, but his deep fascination with the mechanics of...

An innovative blood test which could help sufferers of many chronic ailments to alleviate - or even eliminate - their symptoms by altering their diet, is now available in Cork. Fionnuala McGovern of Castle Holistic Clinic introduced ImuPro after she had personal experience of the dramatic difference the test could make to people beset by significant health issues.

"I had breast and...

With 84% of Irish people believing there is now a growing awareness of the effects of excessive drinking and how it affects others, and 76% of drinkers saying they have become more aware of the benefits of pacing their drinking, the alcohol social responsibility organisation drinkaware.ie says there are significant improvements in people’s attitudes to drinking in Ireland.

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Pictured at the launch are Claire O’Rorke, Teresa Coughlan, Eoin Coughlan, Conor Coughlan, Naoise Coughlan, Denis Hyland, Ella Mc Carthy, Séimí McCarthy and Deirdre McCarthy. To find out more visit jackandjill.ie or happyfacesday.ie.

Is it time to update those dated portraits on the wall? If so then why not have your photograph taken for a good cause...

Cork City will mark World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd by participating in the Cork Association for Autism’s ‘Light It Up Blue’ campaign. Iconic landmarks such as the Rockefeller Center in New York, the Tokyo Tower in Japan, Canada’s CN Tower, the Sydney Opera House in Australia and Michigan’s Mackinac Bridge will be bathed in blue light to raise awareness if...

The Cork University Hospital (CUH) Charity will host their inaugural Diamond Wishes Black and Bling Ball on April 19th at Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork in aid of their €1.5m appeal to refurbish the existing Children’s Unit at the CUH.

The Diamond Wishes Black and Bling Ball starts with a drinks reception at 7:15pm, followed by a three course meal and music by well-known band,...

Businesses throughout Cork city and county are backing Plan Ireland’s Don’t Bottle It, Give It campaign, which encourages people to avoid buying bottled water and donate the money instead.

All funds raised will go to help Plan Ireland’s water and sanitation projects in over 50 countries around the world. Every year Irish people spend €270 million on bottled water...

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