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Kids love growing

As part of the 'SuperValu Let's GROW' and GIY (Grow it Yourself) spring school planting campaign we have these top tips for growing food with kids:

  • Kids love sowing seeds (or indeed anything that involves getting their hands dirty). Bigger seeds like those from peas, beans, squashes, pumpkins and courgettes are easier for younger children to handle.
  • Give kids some autonomy in the veg patch. Give them a dedicated raised bed or part of a bed for them to experiment with. Let them grow what they want to grow.
  • Encourage them to grow fruit and vegetables that are fast growing so that they see a quick return. Radishes are a good example. Runner beans and sunflowers will get tall quickly. Get them to measure themselves against the plants each week.
  • Encourage them to sample crops out in the veg patch. They will love grazing on sweet carrots, tomatoes, strawberries and peas, and it will help develop their palate.
  • The top GIY activities for kids are sowing seeds, digging and watering. Basically, the messier the job, the more they will love it.

What’s in season in May and June?

Asparagus, aubergines, butterhead lettuce, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, courgette, mushrooms, peppers, runner beans and tomatoes. Basil, mint, parsley, sage and thyme.

Berries are coming into season with the first native being strawberries and rhubarb doing well too.

Vitamin D – crucial for the body

Vitamin D is crucial for building and maintaining strong bones, however more recent research links it to a host of other health benefits, suggesting that this nutrient deserves much more attention than it has been given until now.

The sun is our primary source of vitamin D, but unfortunately for us in Ireland the sun sits too low in the sky to enable vitamin D synthesis from October to April – and we don’t always get sunny summers. As a result, most of us have inadequate levels of the vitamin in our body during the winter when we need it most.

And it seems we are not alone 2022 review study published in Frontiers in Nutrition, where researchers looked at data from nearly eight million people from 81 countries, pointed to the widespread global problems with vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency.

In 2012, a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology pointed out that people with low vitamin D levels were 164% more likely to die of hypertension, coronary artery disease, or diabetes than those who had plenty of vitamin D in their blood.

How much do we need?

American and Norwegian scientists found that people living in a sunny climate (in this case Florida) are theoretically able to get enough sunshine all year round to cover their basic need for vitamin D. In contrast, those living in areas with limited amounts of sunshine (in this case Boston) are not able to get enough vitamin D from sunlight in the winter period. Their research is published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has set a safe upper intake level for vitamin D at 100 micrograms per day.

MS Ireland May 50K Fitness Challenge

MS Ireland is calling on participants of all ages and abilities to take up the month-long challenge in the run up to World MS Day on 30th May. The May 50K is a global fitness and fundraising challenge to raise money for MS research worldwide and help fund a variety of different information, support, advocacy and services on a national and regional level including the National MS Care Centre, Ireland’s only national respite and therapy centre for people with MS in Ireland.

Simply walk, roll or run 50 kilometres during the month of May in return for sponsorship. Take part on your own, create a family team or get your workplace involved. It’s a virtual event and can be done anywhere. Clock those kilometres on the way into work, around your garden, in the supermarket or around the office as it all counts.

All fundraising is done through the website www.themay50k.ie where people can log their KM’s, hook up to their fitness devices and blog their way through the month.

May events

Wellfest
11-12 May IMMA, Kilmainham, Dublin
www.wellfest.ie

Cork Vegfest
4-5 May, Cork City Hall
Vegan food, talks from leading experts on plant-based diet and nutrition, sessions on climate emergency, sustainability and food demos.
corkvegfest.com

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