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Eating yourself fit

Thursday, 9th November, 2017 9:28am

A number of Ireland's leading sports stars will share their insights on sport nutrition in Cork next week.

Athletes including world champion rower Mark O’Donovan and Ireland’s Ladies Basketball captain Gráinne Dwyer will speak at a unique public event at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Monday 13 November at 7pm as part of Cork Science Festival.

The event Sporting a Better Diet will discuss how nutrition directly impacts on athletic performance.

Organised by APC Microbiome Institute in partnership with Cork Science Festival, the panel also includes All Ireland medal winner and Cork Ladies GAA player Eimear Scally, All-Ireland Waterford hurler Tom Devine, whose family also won ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’ in 2015, and Shane O’Donnell, hurler with Clare’s senior team.

“There are many myths surrounding nutrition and sports nutrition, and it is vital to fuel your body adequately. My focus for this event will be on an individual approach to dealing with exercise nutrition requirements,” said Dr Sharon Madigan, Head of Performance Nutrition at Sport Ireland, who will be speaking at the event.

Dr Paul Cotter of APC Microbiome Institute and Teagasc will be sharing how an athlete’s microbiome is primed for tissue repair and to harness energy from diet, reflecting high cell turnover and significant energy needs of elite sportspeople.

Retired histopathologist Dr Garry Lee will discuss his own story, his life-long battle with his waistline, a family history of insulin resistance and his unique take on perceived wisdom of weight control as well as what’s wrong with the industry and the overwhelming importance of habit rather than willpower.

Tickets cost €6 through Eventbrite at and advance registration is recommended.

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