FOUR hundred people attended the Lee Strand & National Dairy Council Health & Wellbeing Evening on Thursday in the Brandon Hotel in Tralee.
The evening was a star studded event with a host of high profile speakers including former Irish Olympian Derval O’Rourke; Kerry Football Legend and Dancing with the Stars Winner Aidan O’Mahony; Dietitian Paula Mee and RTE’s Fitness & Performance Expert Joe O’Connor. Radio Kerry’s Deirdre Walsh was a wonderful MC at the event.
Renowned Dietitian Paula Mee kicked off the evening with a presentation on Nutrition & You and encouraged us to Grow Strong; Be Strong and Stay Strong. Paula believes that you don’t have to completely overhaul your diet to make an impact on health. Small changes, made repeatedly, can have a big and positive effect.
RTE’s Fitness and Performance Expert Joe O’Connor has appeared on Ireland’s Fittest Family for the past 4 years and currently working with Athletics Ireland, Horse Sport Ireland and Limerick GAA. Joe presented Fitness 4 Health and stated “One size does not fit all when it comes to fitness and training. Adopting a fitness regime that somebody else enjoys will not necessarily be one that you will enjoy.” He suggested identifying your limiting factors, setting goals and developing a plan to achieve those goals.
An engaging Q&A followed with Aidan O’Mahony, hot off his impressive win and dance moves on RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. Aidan spoke about the challenges of learning to dance for the popular show, his successful sporting career and also gave the audience an insight into his nutrition and exercise regime.
Irish Olympian and cookery book author, Derval O’Rourke, ended the evening with a demonstration of some her favourite healthy recipes. Derval showed the audience how to make delicious and healthy Overnight Oats with fruit toppings, her Stopwatch Brown Bread, a simple Tomato Soup, a Mexican Burrito Bowl and Apple and Cheese Stacks. Derval’s recipes can be found at www.ndc.ie/recipes
All proceeds from the event admission tickets and raffle went to the Donal Walsh Livelife Foundation. Scroll down for photos…