“In terms of the increase of fast-food outlets, Ireland came second to the United States in a list of 26 developed countries.”  Photograph: Getty images

The State is failing to protect Irish children’s health by leaving them open to “manipulation” by online advertising from junk food and fizzy drink ma(...)

Mocha mountain: paper coffee cups wait to be recycled at James Cropper’s specialist recycling plant in Kendal, UK. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

In numbers: Easter egg rising 23 Percentage rise in Easter-related chocolate product launches this year compared with last, according to market rese(...)

Chinese ready meals can be high in salt, sulphites and aspartame. Photograph: iStock

When it comes to food labels, you are pretty much guaranteed that scrutinising them will yield a few revelations. So it was with Chinese ready meals. (...)

Gavin Kelly, chief executive of Retail Ireland at Bank of Ireland, with Ava Aspell, Mateusz Kluczynski and Lauren O’Rourke,  from Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin, Rathangan in Co Kildare.

Bank of Ireland is to ditch its logo on two provincial rugby jerseys to help raise funds for the Irish Heart Foundation. The bank, which sponsors bo(...)

Marc Stanley  at Tibohine Flying Club, Frenchpark, Co Roscommon, says maintaining a positive outlook  helps a lot, as heart disease is both a mental and physical condition. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

If there is one man in the west of Ireland who does not harbour the slightest fear of flying, it is Marc Stanley. If anything, a passion for light air(...)

Speaking at the launch of voluntary codes for the advertising of certain food products, Minister of State for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne said the food industry needed to ‘cop-on’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New voluntary codes of practice restricting the advertising and marketing of food and non-alcoholic drinks have been announced. They apply to “non-b(...)

Simon Says, Swing Your Partner, Meet in the Middle and Follow the Leader are always good fun and plenty of movement can be orchestrated

There was a time when children spent most of their lives on the go. These days however, their childhood years are much more sedentary, with many spend(...)

A drug to treat adults with chronic heart failure will become available to suitable patients in Ireland from Friday.

A drug to treat adults with chronic heart failure will become available to suitable patients in Ireland from Friday. The HSE will reimburse the cost(...)

Children playing at Gurraneasig national school in Kilbrittain, Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Eoin Fitzpatrick, a primary school principal, has seen up close the deterioration in children’s physical and motor skills over the past decade or more(...)

A stent is a small tube used to open up arteries in patients experiencing heart attacks, or chest pain due to blocked arteries. Photograph:  iStock

The Irish Heart Foundation has played down the findings of a recent study that found a lack of evidence for the effectiveness of heart stents in relie(...)

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