first_imgNEIL BARRETT is one of Donegal’s best known fitness trainers, nutritionists and sports scientists.In a new series of articles for Donegal Daily, he will be writing about – and helping to tackle – an issue many people chose to ignore…obesity, and in particular childhood and teenage obesity.STOP KILLING YOUR KIDS WITH KINDNESS: BY NEIL BARRETT A bit of an alarmist headline but it gets your attention and, in essence, it’s very much true. After a very damming report last week relating to the rate at which Irish children, adolescents (and adults) are fast becoming the fattest in Europe, I have been asked by Donegal Daily to write a series of articles pertaining to health, nutrition and fitness specifically for adolescents that I hope will help the teenager, parent, guardian or carer make changes that deliver a long-lasting result.All the information is out there on healthy eating and exercise but unless you have a background in biomedical sciences it is extremely difficult to decipher the good information from the bad.Over the coming weeks I hope to offer advice on fitness, nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits for teenagers to help them make choices for a more fit, healthy and happy life.Phones, tablets, internet, X-Box, social media, alcohol, fast food…. the list of variables affecting adolescent health and fitness goes on. Teenagers are under huge amounts of pressure whether it’s exam stress, self-esteem, peer pressure or hormonal.Only 12 per cent of 10- to 18-year-olds get the recommended level of at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. One in four is obese or overweight.So let us begin with this, if your child has a higher than average body fat % they are overweight because of you!You are responsible for them, you do the shopping, make the breakfast, lunch and dinners. Period!Now that is not to say it is directly your fault, you didn’t do this on purpose. But it is in your best interests to become aware of what your child should and should not be doing on a daily basis. Healthy lifestyle practices during adolescence are very important for lifelong good health and quality of life.Most parents are very much aware of the healthy principles for growth periods from ages 1 to 4.However, information on healthy lifestyle practices for the adolescent to adult period is less readily available.This is an extremely important period in all our lifetimes and one which has become very distorted in modern society. Think about this: the incubation period for most environmental disease (cancer, heart disease etc.) is 20-30 years.The highest rate of incidence is 40+years, therefore the foundations of heart disease and cancer begins in our teens and early adulthood.We know of no better preventable measure against all known diseases than healthy eating and an active lifestyle.Read my article next Thursday, and every Thursday, for a look at ways to help our teens reap the rewards of healthy habits.ABOUT NEIL:Neil Barrett MSc. BSc. Hons. Rnut. ANSI. UKSCA. MSc. (Master of Science in Human Nutrition)BSc. Hons. (Bachelor of Science in Sports Science & exercise physiology)RNut. (Registered Nutritionist with the UKVRN)Lecturer (Letterkenny Institute of Technology)UKSCA accredited Strength & Conditioning coachCrossFit level 1 trainer (ANSI)TRX & Rip60 Master trainer (Freemotion)Kettlebell level 1 trainer (Agustu)Coaching Ireland accredited & registered level 1 weightlifting coachPre & Post Natal exercise professional (NCEHS)A master Nutritionist, sport scientist, exercise physiologist, lecturer, gym owner & professional strength & conditioning coach, Neil is one the most highly qualified & experienced individuals working in the Irish fitness sector.Upon completion of a Master’s degree in nutrition, Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in exercise science & physiology & affiliation with three separate Strength & Conditioning governing bodies, Neil ventured to the nation’s capital where he was based for the last 3 years working as a freelance nutritionist for Hewlett Packard, Aviva, Allied Irish Bank & Dell, devising & delivering with great success nutrition workshops & plans for their employees.In addition to his nutritionist work he has also worked as a lecturer & presenter for University of Limerick, Coaching Ireland, The Lucozade Sport Education program, Profi-Fitness International teaching school, the Irish Rugby Institute & more recently he joined the lecturing staff at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology.His most fulfilling ventures to date however lay in his work as a strength & conditioning coach. His first experience in this area came in 2008 when he worked as a Performance analyst with the Sports Institute of Northern Ireland at The University of Ulster in Jordanstown. Here, he was exposed to the training techniques that influence a team/individuals ability to improve performance & he became hooked.Since then he has worked as the primary coach for many Dublin based GAA & rugby teams, St. Eunan’s GAA, Donegal U21 GAA, Irish triathlete’s & GP2 international professional racing drivers. Furthermore, he has also worked as a secondary coach/intern with the coaching staff of the Irish Senior International Soccer Team, the Italian Senior International Rugby Team, Aston Villa F.C., Millwall F.C. & MK Dons F.C.In 2010 he discovered CrossFit, the most innovative & advanced fitness training program to date. This has brought his own fitness & training techniques to a new level, which he implements in his program design. In 2013 he travelled to the home of CrossFit in California where he became an ANSI accredited CrossFit Level 1 certified trainer.After many years in academia, travelling & working away from home, Neil has returned to his home town of Letterkenny to impart all he has learned to help those in his local community. By combining his exercise physiology & nutrition background Neil has forged a place as Ireland’s leading weight management & performance consultants.In June of 2013 Neil opened the doors of his first business venture, CrossFit Letterkenny, which has since expanded to the largest training & nutrition centre in Donegal, Fit-Hub Ireland Ltd.  The success of the facility hasn’t gone unnoticed as Neil & his team were awarded Best Business Start-up by the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce 2014.  Neil also undertook the primary Strength & Conditioning roles with St. Eunans Senior GAA and helped them to the county championship & a first ever Ulster semi-final for the club.NEW COLUMN: STOP KILLING YOUR KIDS WITH KINDNESS was last modified: May 13th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:healthNutritionobesityteenagelast_img read more

first_imgAfter a lacklusture show in 2018, Australia started this year on a good note as they outclassed India 3-2 in their own backyard before hammering Pakistan 5-0 in the UAE.With such results, the yellow brigade is now being considered as favourites for the 2019 World Cup and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis feels the turnaround in form has happened just at the right time.Also, the return of Steve Smith and David Warner has further strengthened the Australian team, who will be eyeing their sixth title at the showpiece event.”I think everyone is really confident. To win eight games in a row away from home was very important for us,” Stoinis told reporters on the sidelines of a Royal Challengers Bangalore training session.”We needed it. We had lost a lot of games over the last year or so. It’s good timing. Everyone started to believe in each other and we started to play well as a team,” he explained.Stoinis also said the transformation was not something which happened suddenly but it was a gradual process. “From outside, it might look like it happened all of a sudden, but it also shows that the game of cricket is only about minor details. Even in the time we were losing, we learnt a lot, started getting closer in a lot of games,” he opined.Stoinis also felt the return of Smith and Warner will help the team in the showpiece event. “It [their returns] is a massive boost. People have stepped up in the last few months and we have started winning games consistently. It all adds to the mixture and definitely adds to a World Cup winning combination,” he said.advertisementAustralia will start their World Cup 2019 campaign against minnows Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol before taking on West Indies on June 6 in Nottingham.Also Read | IPL 2019: Stoinis delighted as RCB finally get campaign underway with win over KXIPAlso Read | India will definitely enter World Cup semis, predicts Chaminda Vaaslast_img read more