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The Health Squad Guide to Health & Fitness

Start the new year with a good think about health! The Health Squad Guide to Health & Fitness will help.

Advice from health experts is difficult to filter these days. With big business attached to many health products and diets, we need an objective view of health problems and how to avoid them.

The Health Squad Guide to Health & Fitness brings together the talents of three experienced and qualified health experts to give wide range of advice from what to eat to how to increase energy levels, look and feel better. Their advice on RTE's Health Squad has proved invaluable to many who had given up on ever feeling well again and has resonated throughout Ireland for those with recurring minor problems to serious health issues.

Dietician Paula Mee, Holistic Therapist Karen Ward and fitness instructor Padraig Murphy have a unique approach to health. Theirs is not a hairshirt and penitential attitude, but one of practical, sound advice which, with only a modicum of determination, will help improve quality of life. The book doesn't preach, but gives the facts, plenty of do's and don'ts and is so easily presented, it is accessible to those who don't have a lot of time to read.

Health Squad is one of RTE's most successful home-produced lifestyle programmes and viewership has increased in each of its five years on air.

The book has been edited by Health/Food writer Roz Crowley and is published by Onstream Publications with the assistance of safefood.

Editor Roz Crowley says "It's good to see such dynamic, attractive and down to earth people giving health advice. Like the rest of us, they have to fit keeping fit and healthy into busy lifestyles. Not everyone has three hours a day to keep trim with a personal trainer. What we have done with this book is give a three-in-one approach to changing bad habits into good ones without completely having to cut out the pleasures in life."

The book is available in bookshops in paperback, full colour ¤16.99

Press and book order enquiries Onstream, Currabaha, Cloghroe, Co. Cork.: 021 4385798

The authors:
Paula Mee
Paula Mee, Consultant Dietitian, BSc., Dip Dietetics., MSc in Health Sciences., Dip Allergy, M.I.N.D.I.
From Galway, Paula graduated from University College Galway with a BSc in Biochemistry. She then completed her postgraduate qualifications in Dietetics and a Masters in Health Science in Leeds Metropolitan University. She has recently been awarded a Diploma in Allergy from Southampton University. She has also completed the British Dietetic Association's Sports Dietitian course. She is a current member and a past president of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute. In 2004 Paula set up her own Food and Nutrition Consultancy - Fruition, which offers organisations and industry an extensive range of services in nutrition, product development and marketing communications.
As part of her working week she also operates a dietetic and weight management clinic in the Dublin Nutrition Clinic, Hambledon House, 19-26 Lower Pembroke St, Dublin 2. Prior to setting up Fruition, Paula was the Nutrition Manager for Superquinn. Previously she worked as senior nutritionist in the National Dairy Council. She has also practiced as a dietitian in hospitals in Northern Ireland.
Paula is currently on the board of Consumer Foods in Bord Bia. She is also a member of the consultative council of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.
As well as working on Health Squad, Paula also makes regular appearances on TV and radio programmes advising on nutrition and health issues.

Padraig Murphy
Padraig Murphy has worked in the health and fitness field for the past 13 years. He has managed one of the largest health chains in Europe and provided fitness consultancy in management and staff training to the smaller groups. He continued his studies and became the first European to qualify as a Medical Exercise Specialist with the American Academy of Fitness Professionals. He has worked as a personal trainer to some of the leading figures in show business and provided post-operative exercise care to national and international rugby teams. He has developed and presents a module on exercise in Trinity College Dublin on their Masters degree in Sports Medicine. He is the resident fitness guru on Health Squad and has worked as a consultant with the News Talk FM Health Programme providing answers to the general public on health and wellbeing. He has held national titles in full contact kick-boxing and represented his country internationally. Padraig now works as a Sports Therapist in the Sea Spa at Kelly's Resort Hotel in Wexford.

Karen Ward
Karen Ward is a Holistic Therapist treating her clients physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. She has an honours degree in Biology from UCD (B.Sc Hons) and holds many holistic health qualifications including Holistic Psychotherapy (MIACP, MEAC) & Stress Management Counselling (MIHCA), Reflexology (MIRI) & Aromatherapy Massage (ITEC). Karen is also a Holistic Dietician (IHCA & ITEC), a Yoga teacher (YTTC) and a Body Sculpting and Pilates Instructor (MAABS, BodyFirm). She is a Reiki Master (USUI) and now practices Energy Therapy following on from her Shamanic studies (Q'ero Lineage, Four Winds, ICSS). Her Yoga classes have run throughout Dublin for the last ten years and she now teaches yoga weekends and holidays. Presenting the yoga spot for the final year of 'Live at 3', Karen was an Alternative Therapist on 'Open House' and it was from a brainstorming session with the producer and researcher that the concept for Health Squad was born in 2002. She runs her Clinic in Smithfield, Dublin with her sisters Valerie & Pamela.

Press and book order enquiries Onstream, Currabaha, Cloghroe, Co. Cork.: 021 4385798 and 086 82 42 191

The Health Squad book