Healthy Eating for Wellness & Immunity

The key messages from Healthy Food for Life are:


➔ Eat more vegetables, salad and fruit – Up to seven servings a day.
➔ Limit intake of high fat, sugar, salt (HFSS) food and drinks.
➔ Size matters: Use the food pyramid as a guide for serving sizes.
➔ Increase your physical activity levels.
➔ Small changes can make a big difference.
➔ Start TODAY!

Healthy food pyramid

As well as ‘Fuelling’ Properly through a Balanced and Varied Diet,
→ Micronutrients are essential to support a healthy immune system, particularly Vitamins A, C, D, E, B2, B6, and B12, Folic Acid, Iron, Selenium, and Zinc
Vitamin C:
■ Found in: Most Fruit & Vegetables particularly Citrus fruits, Berries, Kiwifruit, Greens such as Broccoli,
Brussels Sprouts etc.○ Vitamin A:
■ Found in: Leafy Green Veg, Yellow, Orange, Red coloured Fruits and Vegetables, Cod liver oil, Milk, Eggs.
Vitamin E:
■ Found in: Plant Oils, Nuts, Seeds, Wholegrains.
B Complex Vitamins:
■ Wholegrain Cereals, Legumes, Leafy Green Veg., Eggs, Dairy, Fish, Meat, Organ Meat, Mushrooms, Nuts.
Zinc:
■ Found in: Meat, Shellfish, Dairy, Eggs, Nuts, Seeds, Legumes, Wholegrains.
Selenium:
■ Seafood, Organ Meats, Wholegrains, Dairy, Meat, Eggs.
Iron:
■ Red Meat, Fish, Poultry, Dark Green Leafy Veg., Nuts, Beans, Fortified Foods.

For further advice, chat to our Clinical Nutritionist Cliona McCarthy

Blessington’s Operation Transformation Walk 2017

Operation Transformation National Walk outside McGreals Primary Care Centre in Blessington 2017

A large crowd of almost 300 enthusiastic walkers took part in the Operation Transformation Blessington Walk from McGreals Primary Care Centre on Saturday 7th January. It was the first year that a national Operation Transformation walk took place in Blessington and its success will ensure it will not be the last.

The weather was on our side & walkers of all ages and fitness levels turned up to step it out on the Blessington 5.2km walk. The event was organised by McGreals Pharmacy in conjunction with Wicklow Sports Partnership. Free fizzy vests, water and a selection fruit was available for all participants.

The support of all those who ensured the event was safe and enjoyable including the Garda Siochana and community volunteers was greatly appreciated on the day. Due to popular demand a weekly walking group has now formed in Blessington, meeting on a Monday nights at 7pm outside the Coimin centre in Blessington.

McGreals are offering a free weekly weigh in service at your local McGreals Pharmacy as well as advice on how to reach and maintain a healthy weight through diet and lifestyle choices. ‘McGreals Pharmacy will keep a record of your numbers in store so that you can monitor your progress. Visit www.mcgreals.ie for your local McGreals Pharmacy location.

Operation Transformation National Walk in Blessington 2017