Getting Lessons in Healthy Eating
Gazette Newspaper, Page 6
In The Media:
Helping to get cheese into the Irish diet
Operation Healthy Lunchbox
Radio Press Release:
Radio Interview: Creating Healthier Habits
92.5 Phoenix FM
Supporting the Irish Food Industry
Niamh Arthurs is a Public Health and Clinical Nutritionist who works nationwide with people from all walks of life. Her love of children combined with her passion for food, health and nutrition brought her on this exciting adventure of inventing "Biabites"!
Bia is the Irish word for food and Niamh is
an enthusiastic supporter of all things Irish
especially the Irish language and Irish Food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Biabites aim is to inspire people and empower them with a knowledge of food that enables them to enjoy a varied balanced diet and make sensible choices about their health in a fun environment. Niamh's love of science and her evidenced based approach leads her to the use of experiments to demonstrate concepts in very engaging, entertaining and educative sessions.
Through school, community and workplace programmes and various events and festivals Niamh works with all ages and backgrounds from infants and parents to sports clubs, the elderly and families.
Niamh is a fully qualified health professional with a 1st Class Honours BSc in Public Health and Clinical Nutrition from The University of Nottingham. She also has an Advanced Diploma in Professional Sports and Exercise Nutrition and a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Niamh is regularly involved in research and keeping her skills and knowledge up to date through Continued Professional Development. It is this knowledge and expertise that underpin Niamhs work.
For further details on Niamh Arthurs' qualifications, skills and expertise, please contact Niamh at:
Ireland is set to be the most obese nation in Europe by 2030. We have gone from being one of the thinnest to one of the fattest nations in 80 years. For the first time ever we are dying from eating too much rather than eating too little as obesity is killing more people than famine. In the past 20 years cases of Type 2 Diabetes in Ireland have more than tripled. It is predicted that if we don’t act now, one quarter of a million cases will exist
in Ireland by 2030.
Consumption of sugar has tripled over the past 100 years and now Irleand is the 4th highest consumer of sugar in the world. The average Irish person is eating half of a male adults body weight in added sugar per year. However even health conscious people can have a high sugar diet without even realising it. Added sugars are lurking where you least expect them and at levels that are shockingly high. This means that many Irish families are eating far more sugar than they think. The reality is that if you get hooked on sweet at an early age you will always want sweet & sweeter.
The pancreas can only keep pushing out insulin for so long in response to sugar hit after sugar hit after sugar hit. Eventually the sugar consumed in excess can lead to liver damage, heart attacks, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, amputation, dementia and depression to list but a few.
In addition, The healthy Ireland 2016 survey shows that 73% of the Irish population consume less than 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day and only 20% or one quarter of Irish children eat more than 1 serving of fruit and vegetables per day. The survey also found that 92% of Irish people state they would like to make healthier changes.
The finger of playing is pointed at changes in our diet, lifestyles and our food and work environment.
The change in our environment has changed our biochemistry and changed our behaviour.
The only way to fix the problem is to create healthier habits, attitudes and behaviours that are enjoyable and informative therefore more likely to last in the long term.
Niamh aims to get everyone from infants to the elderly passionate and excited about cooking, eating and
tasting nutritious food while learning about nutrition, healthy eating and trying new flavours and recipes.
Whole families benefit by learning from Niamh themeselves or from their children about
the fundamentals of a healthy balanced diet along with new foods to create variety in the home.
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