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Wednesday, 28th February 2018

Minister of State for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne TD, recently launched new voluntary Codes of Practice for the advertising and marketing of food and non-alcoholic drinks. The purpose of the Codes, which have been agreed with the food industry, is to ensure that foods high in fat, salt and sugar are marketed in a responsible way. In particular the Codes seek to ensure that children are not exposed to inappropriate marketing, advertising or sponsorship associated with these kinds of food and drink products, and that healthier food choices are actively promoted.

Minister Byrne said "I welcome the development of these Codes and I want to acknowledge the collaborative approach to their development by a multi-stakeholder group involving representatives from the food industry, advertising sector, statutory agencies and various Departments of State. The Codes aim to moderate the exposure of the general

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Wednesday, 28th February 2018

A new communications and citizen engagement campaign, Healthy Ireland 2018, was launched by An Taoiseach on 6th January. The campaign, which focusses on three key themes – Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Mental Wellbeing – aims to encourage people to make positive choices to improve their physical and mental health, while also providing support and information to help people make those healthier choices. More information on

About the National Obesity Policy & Action Plan

A national Obesity Policy and Action Plan was launched by the Minister of Health in September 2016. The national policy covers the period up to 2025 and aims to reverse obesity trends, prevent health complications and reduce the overall burden for individuals, families, the health system, and the wider society and economy. The Policy acknowledged that every sector of our society has a role in reducing the

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Wednesday, 28th February 2018

Public called on to bake for 13,000 who acquire brain injury

Bake for brain injury events to take place in Waterford

People in Waterford have been called on to bake for the 13,000 people who acquire brain injury each year in Ireland, as Brain Awareness Week takes place from March 5-11. The Week includes 'bake for brain injury’ events all across the country, including Waterford, to support rehabilitation and services for people and their families. In Waterford a 'bake’ event is taking place at Cheshire Waterford from 11am-1pm on March 9th. Further details can be had by calling ABI Ireland’s main office at (01) 280 4164.

The campaign is being endorsed by Broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan who called on people to bake or sample some tasty bites to support needed services.

"It’s very important to raise awareness of an injury that could happen any of

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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

Edmund Rice Active Retirement

Our next outing will meet at Main Gate in People's park on Tuesday 27th Feb @ 12 noon (weather permitting) and will proceed to Marina Hotel for 1a.m. Our next meeting is Thursday March 1st @ 2.30 in Edmund Rice Centre.

Fostering Changes Lives

Fostering Fortnight, formerly known as Fostering Awareness Week, is coming up from February 26th to March 9th. Oak Lodge Fostering Services Waterford are holding a coffee and information morning on February 22nd in the Stage Door Café at the Theatre Royal, Waterford from 10am to 12 noon. The aim of Fostering Fortnight is to develop people’s awareness and understanding of foster care in Ireland and to highlight the incredible work foster carers all over the country do. We are asking people to come together with us in support of this very important event - come

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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

Cohabiting and social welfare payments


I applied for a means-tested Jobseeker’s Allowance, but I was told that I’m not eligible because of my partner’s earnings. Why is this? We live together but we are not married and we split our expenses equally.


The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) treats married and unmarried couples in the same way when assessing entitlement to a means-tested social welfare payment. It assesses the total income of the household, rather than the circumstances of the individual claimant.

If you are married or are cohabiting, the means of your spouse or partner are also taken into account. This is the case even if only one of you is actually claiming a payment. The DEASP uses detailed definitions and criteria to assess whether a couple are cohabiting and you can read these online at

The way the

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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. You might think boiling an egg would be pretty much standard around the world. Think again.

A. The science of high-altitude cooking is well known to residents of more mountainous regions like Colorado wher atmospheric pressure affects water-boiling temperature, say Goran Grimvall in "Brainteaser Physics." Try to boil eggs atop Mount Everest (29,000 ft.), where water boils at about 72 degrees C (162 F) instead of 100 C (212 F) at sea level, and you better keep a book handy. Egg proteins change thei structure at about 63-66 C, first in the whites, then in the yolk. Even at 85 C (185 F), it takes half an hour to get a 3-minute egg. That's a plenty big factor, based on about 160 millibars atmospheric pressure difference from, say, New York to Denver. By comparison,

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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

Waterford Today weekly horoscopes

Wednesday 21st February - Tuesday 28th February

Aries 21st March-21st April

You may feel the need to ‘go dark’ for a week or so Aries, that is to say, cut off all contact with the digital and virtual world. It’s like a decluttering of the mind in a way. We’re bombarded with so much information about other people’s lives that we become distracted from our own, and in particular from our inner wisdom and intuition. It’s also a great time to take a holiday, even on your own! There’s a whole ‘travel solo’ world out there!

Taurus 22nd April-21st May

Things in your relationships could come to a head now Taurus, as Mars squares up to Venus. You might find it difficult to control your emotions (or your passion) and could feel quite untethered. Take some deep breaths and ask yourself

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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

With Breda Gardner Homeopath, lcph, mcos, rgn

Health Therapies Clinic

13 Gladstone Street, Waterford.

Tel: 087 2025753.

Insight Natural Health Clinic

15 Upper Patrick St, Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7724429

Another way?

The treatment Versatis has been in the news a lot recently. Versatis contains lignocaine, a local anaesthetic, which provides pain relief. It’s specifically prescribed for issues associated with post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), a painful skin complaint arising from shingles. For many years, however, people have also used Versatis to treat severe pain from conditions like arthritis, where it has provided great relief. Although doctors have regularly prescribed it for a range of ailments, Versatis is actually only licensed to be prescribed for the treatment of neuropathic pain associated with PHN.

The HSE recently decided to withdraw its funding of the drug apart from for cases of people with PHN. Patients on medical cards are no longer allowed access to

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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

The annual Easter Sunday Waterford cycle for mental health and suicide prevention is now open for registration. The fundraiser, organized by Cllr Liam Brazil, is now in its fourth year and this year it takes place on Easter Sunday, April 1st. All proceeds go directly to providing mental health workshops in County Waterford which are delivered by the Suicide or Survive charity.

According to Suicide or Survive founder and CEO Caroline McGuigan, the annual fundraiser has become an important event in the charity’s calendar.

"I can’t express how grateful we are to Liam and to everyone who saddles up each year to support our work in Waterford. Mental health promotion and suicide prevention is something we need everybody to be part of and this fundraiser is a shining light for how communities can come together to make change." said Caroline.

The fundraiser has

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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

VideoDoc, the Irish leading digital healthcare provider, is announcing their 7 day a week online GP service will be provided free of charge to all 374,000 student members of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). The service will be available free until the end of the academic year (June 2018).

The partnership, which is potentially worth several million euro to the Irish student population, is being launched as part of Healthy Living Week, a USI initiative to promote health & wellbeing in their 37 campuses across the island of Ireland.

Speaking at the launch Michael Kerrigan, USI President said "We are delighted to partner with VideoDoc to provide free GP healthcare to our members. With the high cost of living and accommodation being the main factor in student poverty, our students can now rest assured that if they get sick they

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Letters to the Editor


    Keeping a checkIt is common knowledge that when it comes to technology, if you want to do something, just ask a young person to show you. They have grown up with all the technology that is around us at the moment and seem adept at using it in the easiest fashion possible. But just because young people are good at technology, does that mean that they should have unfettered access to all the sites and apps that are available to them today?Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has just come out and said that he and …

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