Family News and Events

Family News and Events
Healthy lessons about grub for growing teens

It’s difficult to get many teenagers cooking at the best of times, never mind teaching them about the importance of nutrition.

A teen health eating programme will run from the end of July into August, made possible by ADHD Ireland. In collaboration with Northside Partnership, the nutrition and cookery course will be delivered over six sessions for teenagers over 16 years old.

The course aims to enable teenagers to cook and taste healthy recipes and learn about nutritional information. The facilitator will also give tips on food shopping.

A certificate upon completion will be provided at the end of the course.

It costs €40 which includes family membership for the year with ADHD Ireland. It is open to people of all abilities aged over 16 and runs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on July 30-31 and August 6-7 and 13-14. Times: 2.15pm-4.30pm Venue: Northside Partnership, Kish House, Greendale Road in Dublin.


Exercise helps period pain

The idea of a strenuous cardio workout usually elicits notions of discomfort and soreness, but a new study suggests that treadmill exercise may reduce symptoms of period pain.

The research, led Priya Kannan in New Zealand’s University of Otago, showed that women who for a month exercised three times per week starting on the day after their period ended experienced around 6% less pain than those who did not. After the seven-month follow-up period, the women also reported better quality of life and daily functioning.

Study co-author Leica Claydon-Mueller said: “Women who have painful periods often take steps to actively avoid exercise — after all, when you are in pain, it is often the last thing that you want to partake in.”

“However, this trial demonstrated that exercise significantly reduced pain for those people taking part in the program, and they also reported reduced pain levels after four and seven months.”


Angry Mama will clean your microwave

No one likes preparing their dinner in a dirty kitchen appliance —but one rather bizarre gadget purports to lift stains from microwaves so they wipe clean within seconds.

The Angry Mama Microwave and Oven Steam Cleaner promises to leave your appliance sparkling and costs under €10 online.

To use the Angry Mama, you simply fill it with water and vinegar, place it in the microwave and put it on high for up to seven minutes.

Steam will be slowly reduced through the head, softening any stray food and stains — allowing you to wipe it down with ease after two minutes of resting with the door open. You may want to add a squeeze of lemon, so the vapour can also disinfect and deodorise.

This handy gadget means you’ll never be forced into spending hours scrubbing grub and grime off one of your most important kitchen appliances!