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Award winning 150Club sees 400 people complete healthy living programme


Today, during National Obesity Awareness week, West Ham United’s 150Club is celebrating the milestone of having 400 participants completing the four-month healthy living programme. 

Through the Players’ Project, West Ham United players Pablo Zabaleta, Fabián Balbuena and Gilly Flaherty are throwing their support behind better health in the community and the 150Club in particular is one of the schemes already seeing success. 

Run in partnership with NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Newham Council, the award-winning 150Club provides mentoring and physical activity sessions to all Newham residents.

The programme is helping to tackle high rates of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the area and is changing lives in the process. Newham has the second highest rate of type 2 diabetes in the whole of England, with over 26,500 residents currently diagnosed. Newham also holds the lowest percentage of physically active adults in the whole country, with around 45% exercising for the NHS’s recommended amount of 150 minutes per week. 

The programme wants people to get a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise a week and that is our challenge to the whole community, whether you are in the 150Club or not.

Pablo Zabaleta

However, all 400 successful ‘completers’ have successfully increased their weekly exercise, with the average participant’s weekly exercise time growing from 83 minutes when they joined to 326 minutes at the end of the 24-week programme.

Having experienced the initiative and spent time with some of its participants, Pablo Zabaleta said: “This is a great accomplishment, it really is making a difference to people’s lives. The programme wants people to get a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise a week and that is our challenge to the whole community, whether you are in the 150Club or not. 

“Anybody can make these changes to be healthier. It can be hard to exercise given people’s busy lives, but it’s all about getting the right balance and, the little things, like walking to the shop instead of driving will get you more active.”
“As players we know we have to think about what we are eating, exercising and really taking care of ourselves to be the best we can be. We want the local community to do the same so that they can benefit from a healthier lifestyle.” 
Through a variety of exercise options including walking football, Zumba, chair-based exercise and gym work, the 150Club is able to meet the needs of all of its participants with something available for everyone. If you’re a Newham resident and want to get involved with health projects run by the West Ham United Foundation, please email  

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The Surprising Technique that Helps with Weight Loss

If you’re like most people, you probably ate too much, drank too much and exercised too little during the holiday season. After all, who can resist all the excitement and the food and beverages that come along with the parties and gatherings? Even long-time nutritionists like me find themselves indulging in too many rich and fattening foods during the festivities.

So it’s no surprise that the new year is bustling with dieters looking to lose the weight they gained during the holidays and many are turning to unhealthy dietary approaches that simply don’t work for the long-term (and sometimes don’t even work in the short-term either). But what might surprise you is that a simple technique known as mindfulness has been found to be an effective approach for weight loss.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a process that involves a nonjudgmental focus on the present moment, observing sensations, thoughts, states of consciousness, physical feelings, the environment, while promoting acceptance. It involves paying greater attention to what we are doing or experiencing. The sad reality is that most of us spend so much time on the mental chatter in our head that we don’t remember the foods we have eaten, how we drove ourselves home or what another person said during a conversation.

Mindfulness involves becoming more present on what is happening. In a conversation, mindfulness would involve actually listening to another person rather than just thinking about what we intend to say in response.

Related: Mindfulness and Meditation: What’s the Difference?

Mindfulness and Weight Loss

When it comes to eating, mindfulness involves being mentally present while we select our food, attentive to how it tastes and aware of when we feel full, rather than just eating without any awareness of what or how much we actually ate. Rather than just taking a fast food approach to eating while we are on the run or while working, we actually focus on eating.

New research in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that mindfulness is a successful approach to weight loss. The study found that simply becoming more mindful during eating was enough to result in nearly 7 pounds of weight loss over 6 months, without making any other dietary or lifestyle change, compared to only 0.3 pounds among those who did not have any mindfulness training.

Other Benefits of Mindfulness

There are many other benefits of mindfulness. In research published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, mindfulness was found to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. Meditation and mindfulness have also been linked to changes in the brain, including changes in resting brain wave patterns and even physical changes in the brain itself.

The brain is not the only organ or system in the body positively affected by mindfulness meditation. Another study published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences found that mindfulness meditation resulted in several positive changes in immune system markers, suggesting that the practice may have benefits on immune system activity.

It’s not necessary to become a yogi to start benefiting from mindfulness. There are many mindfulness meditation classes in most communities, frequently led by psychologists or meditation specialists. Additionally, there are many mindfulness meditation videos available online.

According to, there are 5 keys to a good mindfulness meditation practice, including:

  • Setting time aside for mindfulness meditation
  • Observing the present moment as it is
  • Letting judgements go
  • Returning to the present moment as it is when our thoughts carry us away
  • Being kind to yourself when your mind wanders

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Meat Consumption and the Development of Type 1 Diabetes

Not only is Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis (MAP) a serious problem for the global livestock industry, but it also may trigger type 1 diabetes, given that paraTB bacteria have been found in the bloodstream of the majority of type 1 diabetics tested who presumably are exposed through the retail milk supply as the bacteria can survive pasteurization. But what about the meat supply? MAP has been found in beef, pork, and chicken. It’s an intestinal bug, and unfortunately, “[f]aecal contamination of the carcass in the abattoir [slaughter plant] is unavoidable…” Then, unless the meat is cooked well-done, it could harbor living MAP.

In terms of meat, “ground beef represents the greatest potential risk for harboring MAP…[as] a significant proportion originates from culled dairy cattle,” who may be culled because they have paratuberculosis. These animals may go straight into the human food chain. There also exists greater prevalence of fecal contamination and lymph nodes in ground meat, and the grinding can force the bacteria deep inside the ground beef burger. As such, “given the weight of evidence and the severity and magnitude of potential human health problems, the precautionary principle suggests that it is time to take actions to limit…human exposure to MAP.” At the very least, we should stop funneling animals known to be infected into the human food supply.

We know that milk exposure is associated with type 1 diabetes, but what about meat? Researchers attempted to tease out the nutritional factors that could help account for the 350-fold variation in type 1 diabetes rates around the world. Why do some parts of the world have rates hundreds of times higher than others? Yes, the more dairy populations ate, the higher their rates of childhood type 1 diabetes, but the same was found for meat, as you can see at 2:07 in my video. This gave “credibility to the speculation that the increasing dietary supply of animal protein after World War II may have contributed to the reported increasing incidence of type 1 diabetes…” Additionally, there was a negative correlation—that is, a protective correlation that you can see at 2:26 in my video—between the intake of grains and type 1 diabetes, which “may fit within the more general context of a lower prevalence of chronic diseases” among those eating more plant-based diets.

What’s more, the increase in meat consumption over time appeared to parallel the increasing incidence of type 1 diabetes. Now, we always need to be cautious about the interpretation of country-by-country comparisons. Just because a country eats a particular way doesn’t mean the individuals who get the disease ate that way. For example, a similar study looking specifically at the diets of children and adolescents between different countries “support[ed] previous research about the importance of cow’s milk and [other] animal products” in causing type 1 diabetes. But, the researchers also found that in countries where they tended to eat the most sugar, kids tended to have lower rates of the disease, as you can see at 3:18 in my video. This finding didn’t reach statistical significance since there were so few countries examined in the study, but, even if it had and even if there were other studies to back it up, there are countless factors that could be going on. Maybe in countries where people ate the least sugar, they also ate the most high fructose corn syrup or something. That’s why you always need to put it to the test. When the diets of people who actually got the disease were analyzed, increased risk of type 1 diabetes has been associated with milk, sugar, bread, soda, eggs, and meat consumption.

In Sardinia, where the original link was made between paraTB and type 1 diabetes, a highly “statistically significant dose-response relationship” was found, meaning more meat meant more risk, especially during the first two years of children’s lives. So, “[h]igh meat consumption seems to be an important early in life cofactor for type 1 diabetes development,” although we needed more data.

The latest such study, which followed thousands of mother-child pairs, found that mothers eating meat during breastfeeding was associated with an increased risk of both preclinical and full-blown, clinical type 1 diabetes by the time their children reached age eight. The researchers thought it might be the glycotoxins, the AGEs found in cooked meat, which can be transferred from mother to child through breastfeeding, but they have learned that paratuberculosis bacteria can also be transferred through human breast milk. These bacteria have been grown from the breast milk of women with Crohn’s disease, another autoimmune disease linked to paraTB bacteria exposure.

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

PS: If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my free videos here and watch my live, year-in-review presentations—2015: Food as Medicine: Preventing and Treating the Most Dreaded Diseases with Diet, and my latest, 2016: How Not to Die: The Role of Diet in Preventing, Arresting, and Reversing Our Top 15 Killers.

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Healthy Living: ADHEAR Overcomes Microtia

Until recently, patients with the condition microtia could either wear a bone-conduction hearing aid attached to a headband or have surgery to implant a screw or magnet into the skull to attach a hearing aid.

Now a newly FDA approved adhesive device is changing that.

Courtney Hunter shows us how in Healthy Living. 

The ADHEAR device can come on an off with a click to the waterproof adhesive adapter.

That adapter has to be changed every three to seven days.

ADHEAR has been available since August 2018 and may be covered by insurance.




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Healthy Living: State offering $1.5 million to get kids outside

Some believe the key to a lifetime of good health is getting outside into nature.  Realizing that not everyone has equal access to the outdoors, lawmakers in Washington created the No Child Left Inside grant program.

“I can’t say enough great things about it,” said Kyle Guzlas, Grant Services Manager for the Recreation and Conservation Office.

Guzlas says the goal of ‘No Child Left Inside’ is to ‘provide under-served youth with quality opportunities to experience the natural world.’  After a renewed boost in funding in 2015, Guzlas says the program is going strong, and is now accepting applications for 2019.

“Right now what we know is the biggest thing keeping kids inside is probably screens,” said Guzlas. “Kids are spending on average about 40 hours per week doing something with an electronic, whether it’s YouTube, social media or video games, as opposed to only 6 hours spending outside.”

In the last year the ‘No Child Left Inside’ program has funded 39 projects across the state and helped get 20,000 kids outside doing a variety of different activities.  Options include backpacking, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, hunting, orienteering, outdoor cooking and rock climbing.

‘No Child Left Inside’ is a state parks program, administered by the state Conservation and Recreation Office.  This year they’re expecting to have 1.5 million in grant funds available to get kids outside and into nature.

Organizations that benefit youth in Washington State are encouraged to apply.  Those eligible include public agencies, Native American tribes, non-profit organizations, formal school programs, information after school programs, community-based programs in Washington, veteran organizations and private entities including individuals like teachers and businesses.

The pre-application due date for the program is March 1st, with final applications due April 1st.

For more information check out No Child Left Inside or watch this Application webinar .

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St. Tammany Healthy Living for Jan. 16 | St. Tammany

SLIDELL AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP: Strengthening Outcomes with Autism Resources will meet at 9  a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the community outreach center on the second floor of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd. For information, call Anne Galiano at (504) 812-9548.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: People living with cancer and their caregivers will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the second-floor chapel of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd. Remote participation is possible by calling (985) 280-8958 at 1  p.m. on group day.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: A bereavement support group will meet at 3  p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the second-floor chapel at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd. For information, call (985) 280-6612.

BABY LOVE: Expectant couples can get information about labor and delivery, postpartum care and pain options during labor from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 19, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd. To register, call (985) 280-2657 or visit

CAREGIVERS WORKSHOP: The Council on Aging St. Tammany Parish caregiver support programs allow those caring for people with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other age-related illnesses to share struggles and successes, guided by gerontologist Matt Estrade. The meetings at Slidell Senior Center, 610 Cousin St., will be held 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 22, Feb. 2 and Feb. 20. Meetings at the Covington Senior Center, 19404 N. 10th St., will be Tuesdays, Jan. 29, Feb. 12 and Feb. 26. For more information, call (985) 892-0377.

GIRL TALK: Girls ages 9-13 will learn about the physical, social and emotional changes of puberty from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Presenters will include pediatrician Alice LeBreton and dermatologist Deborah Hilton. Teens must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $15 per family. To register, call (985) 280-2657 or visit

HEALTH RESOLUTIONS: Corina Herndon, a physical therapist assistant, will discuss ways to take positive steps toward a more healthful lifestyle during a “New Year, New You” Lunch Learn program at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd. To register for this free program, which includes a healthful lunch, call (985) 280-2657.

MALL WALKERS: North Shore Square Mall, 150 Northshore Blvd., Slidell, will open for walkers at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, through a partnership with Slidell Memorial Hospital, to encourage people to walk with the advantages of mall security, air conditioning and water fountains. For information, call (985) 280-8529.


BETTER BREATHERS CLUB: The Better Breathers Club, a program of the American Lung Association, meets from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month (Feb. 14) in the Magnolia Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. The club is meant for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as their caregivers. To register, visit or call (985) 867-3900.

CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTIONS: The St. Tammany Parenting Center has appointments for free inspections of child safety seats. Call (985) 898-4435. Inspections are held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the Louisiana State Police Troop L headquarters, 2600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are appreciated. For information on the State Police program, call (985) 893-6250 or email

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS: Gamblers Anonymous meets several times a week throughout the New Orleans area. Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strength and hope with one another to solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. For information, call (855) 222-5542 or visit

MEDICARE COUNSELING: The state Department of Insurance’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program will offer counseling services for Medicare beneficiaries from 9 a.m. to noon on the third Wednesday of each month at the Slidell Senior Center, 610 Cousin St. The counselor is Medicare-certified and can explain original Medicare, Medicare supplement insurance, Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D. The counselor will be able to complete Medicare Part D comparisons and enrollment, assist with claims issues and explain Medicare enrollment periods. For information, call (800) 259-5300 or visit

YOGA FOR CANCER PATIENTS: Patricia Hart conducts free yoga classes for cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays on the second floor of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Wear loose-fitting clothing; mats are available for use. Registration and a medical release are required. For information, call Hart at (985) 707-4961.

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Healthy Living – January 15, 2019

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - In spite of advanced surgical techniques and instrumentation, proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) is the biggest obstacle to successful retinal reattachment surgery, with a cumulative risk of approximately 5 to 10 percent of all retinal detachment repairs, accounting for approximately 75 percent of all primary surgical failures. PVR is characterized by growth and migration of preretinal or subretinal membranes. Contraction of these membranes causes foreshortening of the retina, leading to stretch holes or traction, and recurrent detachment of the retina.

The pathogenesis is far from being completely understood. In general, processes that increase vascular permeability are more likely to increase the probability of PVR formation. Specific risk factors that have been identified include: uveitis; large, giant, or multiple tears; vitreous hemorrhage, preoperative or postoperative choroidal detachments; aphakia; multiple previous surgeries; and large detachments involving greater than two quadrants of the eye.
The PVR process is thought to be analogous to the anomalous wound healing that leads to skin keloid formation. It is thought the most important cell types in PVR pathogenesis are the retinal pigment epithelial cells, which are believed to migrate through retinal breaks, de-differentiate and proliferate on the retinal surface. Retinal glial cells and macrophages may also play important roles, perhaps by providing a scaffold for membrane formation and/or by releasing trophic factors. This process appears to be driven by and modulated by numerous growth factors (e.g., platelet-derived growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor, tumor growth factor-beta, epidermal growth factor, tumor necrosis factor-alpha and fibroblast growth factor) and cytokines (e.g., interleukin-1, -6, -8 and-10, and interferon-gamma). Despite a growing understanding of the molecular underpinnings of PVR, prevention of the clinical phenomenon is still not possible.

The mainstay of the management of PVR is surgical, with pars plana vitrectomy with membrane peeling being the primary procedure.
The surgical approach for PVR is generally the same for primary retinal detachments without membranes. The principal difference is that there is significantly more retinal traction in PVR, which is caused by membranes and bands rather than vitreous gel alone. As such, different techniques may be employed to dissect these membranes to allow the retina to flatten.
Additionally, if a scleral buckle was not used at the time of the primary retinal detachment repair, it can be advantageous to place one during the PVR vitrectomy procedure. However, if an extensive inferior retinectomy is likely to be performed, a scleral buckle is likely not needed.

The primary surgical goal in PVR surgery is to remove the membranes from the retinal surface and from beneath the retina (if necessary). Because these membranes may be tightly adherent to the underlying tissue, it is frequently advantageous to use bimanual surgical techniques, with both hands using surgical instruments to manipulate the retina and associated membranes.
Typically, silicone oil is instilled for longer lasting tamponade, though penluoropropane (C3F8) gas may also be used for eyes with less-extensive disease.

Medical Prevention/Treatment
Significant basic science and animal research effort has been directed towards elucidating the pathobiology of PVR with the aim of preventing retinal re-detachment. Unfortunately few human studies conclusively provide guidance on the optimal means of doing so. Historically, three main categories of pharmacologic prevention have been explored: anti-inflammatory; anti­proliferative/neoplastic; and anti-growth factor.
Corticosteroids were among the first agents tested in the prevention of PVR. The rationale for their utility stems from the observation that PVR seems to be an inflammatory event clinically, and this has been validated with proteomic analysis. Their effectiveness was suggested in animal experiments, but this has not translated to long-term success in humans. A randomized controlled trial of systemic steroids for the prevention of epiretinal membrane following primary RD repair showed a lower rate of ERM in the experimental group, but no difference in visual acuity outcomes. One retrospective series that achieved good outcomes involved 2 mg triamcinolone acetate administered intravitreally at the end of vitrectomy surgery with silicone oil tamponade. However, a randomized trial in eyes with at least Grade C PVR that compared 4 mg triamcinolone injection following silicone oil infusion with no triamcinolone found no significant difference in anatomic success rate, visual acuity or PVR recurrence at six months. If access to compounded medication becomes more restricted, the dexamethasone intravitreal implant might be another experimental option.

Anti-proliferative agents also seem to be good candidates for activity against PVR given the de­differentiation of mature cell lines and proliferation of the cellular membranes. One of the most tested compounds for PVR has been 5-fluorouracil. 5-FU is frequently used in glaucoma surgery to prevent the scarring associated with filtration procedures, so it has a pre-existing safety profile, albeit externally. Two prospective, randomized studies have been conducted of 5- FU in combination with low molecular weight heparin, which were then the subject of a meta­analysis given their differing results. A benefit was shown in subjects at higher risk of PVR,23 but not in an unselected population,21 which led the authors of the meta-analysis to urge that further research be conducted only in high-risk individuals.
Retinoic acid, in the form of 13-cis-RA (isotretinoin), has also been tested in several trials. While commonly used by dermatologists for the treatment of acne, isotretinoin was originally developed as an anti-proliferative agent for the treatment of basal cell carcinomas. In a prospective randomized trial of 35 patients, those who received 20 mg daily had higher rates of retinal re-attachment, lower rates of epiretinal membrane formation and higher rates of ambulatory vision after at least one year of follow-up. Additionally, a randomized, placebo controlled trial is currently under way at the Wills Eye Hospital evaluating the use of isotretinoin for the prevention of PVR in eyes with a primary retinal detachment at high risk for developing PVR as well as in eyes that have already failed primary surgery due to the development of PVR.
Daunorubicin, which inhibits DNA and RNA synthesis, has been tested in a large multicenter, prospective, randomized trial. Anatomical success rates were similar between the Daunorubicin and control groups, and there was no difference in best-corrected visual acuity. Some animal studies suggested a benefit of colchicine in models of PVR, but this was not borne out in a clinical trial in humans. Ribozymes are small RNA molecules that bind and cleave specific target mRNA sequences. One such molecule, VIT100, was tested in a trial of 134 patients with Grade C PVR undergoing vitrectomy, but it was not found to be effective.

Perhaps the most vibrant current research involves attempting to inhibit growth factor pathways, though few human trials have been published. Ranibizumab, well-known to retinal specialists in angiogenic disease processes, has been shown to prevent PVR in rabbit models of disease. Kinase inhibitors work downstream at the intracellular signaling level and may block PVR processes caused by various upstream signals. In the near term, viral vectors may be able to insert genes for soluble receptors to block factors, and commonly used medications like N­acetlycysteine (NAG) may help block indirect platelet-derived growth factor activation through its antioxidant activity, though human data is lacking as yet.

We have learned a great deal about the pathogenesis of PVR over the past decades, but are still unable to reliably prevent its occurrence. At the current time, surgery is our only option for dealing with PVR; we do not have any proven surgical adjuvants or medical therapies. Many drugs have been tested and some clinical studies are ongoing, but we have a lot of ground to cover to more effectively treat this devastating disease process.

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Healthy living initiative reaches beyond gang

A social media page promoting healthier choices over a lifetime of diabetes and obesity, has been created in Wairoa.

Initiated by Putahi Kani of Wairoa in July, the Facebook group has more than 39,000 members and that number is climbing.

Mr Kani, who is a member of the Barbarians, a chapter of the Mongrel Mob, said the idea came while he was cooking meals which featured on other food pages.

“I started my own page because I didn’t like the stereotype that others projected about our whanau,� he said.

“These ideas were affecting how we saw ourselves and I wanted that mindset to change, so I set up my own page.�

Initially for mob members and their families, the page exceeded expectation, attracting non-mob members from New Zealand and across the Tasman.

“It is now a community page.

Mr Kani said the page was born of necessity and to refute negative attitudes towards the Maori diet.

“There were heaps of pages showing Maori and Pacific Islanders stuffing their faces so I decided to change that perspective.�

Claiming to be the “mightiest cooking show in the nation�, Mr Kani invited people to live up to the expectation and post their healthy living, healthy food choices and healthy recipes.

“We are trying to get our whanau away from the takeaway life.

“Takeaway food is the leading factor in obesity in Aotearoa.

“This is about getting people back into home cooking.

“Ditch takeaways in exchange for smoothies and other healthier food.

“It is about more than just healthy eating.

“We are trying to promote healthier lifestyles.

“Spending time in the kitchen can be a whanau thing, right down to washing the dishes and cleaning up afterwards.�

Members of the social media site post recipes, videos and ideas that promote “healthy cooking and cooking in the household�.

They showcase photos of their latest meals, the most popular being kaimoana (seafood)-based recipes, including prawn bagels and salmon wings.

Other meals include the unusual mix of kiwifruit and cheese on toast, as well as chicken and tuna salads and photos of fresh crayfish and other seafood.

Some members request recipes for a tight budget, others challenge the group’s administrators to cook menus with a financial limit and others just query the healthy alternatives parents can cook that children will like.

The page is broader than just recipes, with Mr Kani saying they were hitting subjects that were real within their community.

“Fry your food not yourself� is the anti-methamphetamine motto the group endorses.

“It is better to have someone who has lived the life and survived push the message than someone who has not. Keep it real.

“Yeah, we cook meals on tight budgets, hit subjects we ourselves have lived through and surround our community members with positive things we are doing.

“It works because the face is familiar, the face is real.�

Although still under consideration, the future for the initiative may include a pataka kai (food cupboard) to facilitate food swapping in the community.

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Confused about healthy eating? Ask the kids.

Two Public Health surveys have revealed that when it comes to healthy living, children in Gibraltar know more than adults about the food they should be eating.

The surveys organised by the Children, Healthy, Active! Multi-agency Programme [CHAMP] under the GHA aimed to test children and adults on their knowledge of a healthy lifestyle.

Some 40 children and 35 adults took part in the surveys, with the questions differing, and geared to the expected knowledge or each age group.

The surveys found that no adults answered all their questions correctly, with 88% of children getting all their questions right.

Adults were quizzed on what factors cause obesity, and on childhood weight management, healthy foods, and how much exercise a child should do.

The multiple choice survey saw one third of adults score more than eight out of 11 (72%). The rest of the adults scored less.

All children scored more than eight out of 11 in their survey, meaning their lowest grade was above average when compared to the adults.

The questions the adults grappled with most was how many scoops of ice cream is one portion for six year old child.
The answer was half a scoop, much to the mutual surprise of those at CHAMP.

The toughest question for children was whether they should drink soup, water or an energy drink after exercise, as a few children had answered energy drinks.

Other questions the children answered included what types of foods with most vitamins, what foods were the healthiest snacks and why sleeping is important to health.

The surveys form part of CHAMPs initiative to raise awareness and educate parents and children alike about how to lead a healthy lifestyle.

The CHAMP initiative launched last year as a result of a severely overweight child who was admitted into hospital for weight management.

Currently one third of children in Gibraltar are either overweight or obese, this statistic just slightly tops that of the UKs obesity rate.

The global average is much lower at around 16 to 17%.

See more the survey on page 12 of our print or e-editions.

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Healthy Living Meeting

Healthy Living Meeting from noon to 1 p.m. at Heritage Health Center, 128 N. Bent St. Powell Police Officer Matthew Brilakis will present information on scams. The meeting is open to the public, and refreshements and healthy snacks will be provided. To RSVP or for more info, call 764-4107.

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