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CNM Pioneers Online Natural Health Diploma Courses

Responding to the current worldwide health challenges, the College of Naturopathic Medicine is now offering online its internationally recognised diploma and short courses to overwhelming positive response from the public. CNM graduates and students know:

  • that a healthy and robust body can resist infections better and return to health faster
  • that a strong immune system is important
  • how to boost the immune system naturally

At CNM we believe that good health comes from education and practice. The CNM Diploma courses, based on time-proven natural medicine principles and cutting-edge scientific evidence, include, in addition to the informative lectures, many clinical practice sessions. Students apply their knowledge in real-world clinic scenarios throughout their studies. Combined with thorough business marketing training, this offers CNM graduates all of the skills, knowledge and tools required to start a thriving business upon graduation.

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Irish independent health stores – on your TV

Look out for Health Stores Ireland TV adverts running during September on TG4. The core message of the campaign is “health food stores are at the heart of your community”.

The advert was filmed over several days in three shops in the west of Ireland with the aim of capturing the essence of independent food stores.

Health Stores Ireland Chairperson, Martha Brennan thanked all the store owners and suppliers who are supporting the project and said: “with the current focus on natural health and wellbeing it is vital that consumers are reminded of the unique offering and value that independent health foods stores bring to their respective communities.” She added that, “it’s probably the first time that a group of truly independent retailers have been able to band together to run a TV advertising campaign.” She is looking forward to a positive response from consumers.

Check out www.irishhealthstores.com from mid September to find links to Health Stores Ireland social media channels.

Lockdown heroes

In the last issue of Rude Health magazine we decided to celebrate natural health products that had helped our readers through the challenging period of lockdown, and also acknowledge the great work done by staff in health stores during this difficult time. Find out which fantastic products won each category in the Rude Health magazine Lockdown Awards here.

Thank you so much for letting us know which products you felt helped you through lockdown. One lucky reader has won a fabulous hamper of natural health goodies worth €640 - the winner of this fabulous prize is Sarah Snell from Co Wicklow.

When should I add good fats to my child's diet?

A friend suggested that I include more good fats in my son’s diet - he’s a year old and still breast-feeding infrequently. Can you tell me how best to include these in his diet?

Naturopath Gemma Hurditch answers for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine)

I used to spread tahini, (a nutrient-rich sesame paste), onto oat crackers with some raw honey and the kids would go wild for them. Tahini is very rich in calcium, which is great for growing bones. You can use the same trick with nut butters - whole nuts are a choking hazard for young kids, but almond butter, cashew paste and various other nut pastes are very nutritious. At his age a lot of children may have developed a taste for sweeter foods, so mixing with a little raw honey (which is advised from one year onwards) can ease him into the new flavours.

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New research carried out by safefood since the beginning of Covid-19 has revealed that 43% of children in Ireland are going to bed later, 44% are waking later each morning and as a result of children experiencing changes in their sleep routine 49% are eating more unhealthy snacks or treats, 54% are less active and 67% are engaging in more screen time.

Sleep is the cornerstone to health and wellbeing and its impact on a healthy lifestyle cannot be underestimated. We know that poor sleep routines are associated with sedentary behaviour and research has shown that a lack of sleep is associated with increased overweight and obesity, especially in younger age groups.

safefood, the HSE and Healthy Ireland are encouraging parents to get bedtime back on track as the key to starting their children on the way to a healthier life as they return to school.

Tips to help get bedtime back on track:

  • Consistent bedtimes are at the heart of the routine to provide regularity and predictability that over time will help a child to self-regulate.
  • Reduce screen time and sugary foods and drinks in the hours leading up to bedtime.
  • Encourage physical activity and fruit and vegetables during the day.
  • Encourage relaxation skills and wind down activities.
  • Value sleep time within the family culture.

To find out more about the START campaign and ways to make a healthy, positive start visit www.makeastart.ie


Irish Heart month

1-30 September

Irish Heart Foundation


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