Press Release

Tim O´Malley T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, for the Award Presentation of the Ninth ICA Healthy Eating Recipe Competition

Mr. Tim O´Malley T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, today November 13th, 2002 presented the awards of the Ninth ICA Healthy Eating Recipe Competition held in the Coach House in Dublin Castle. This event is an initiative of the Health Promotion Unit of the Department of Health and Children. Members of the Irish Country Women´s Association were given the challenge of devising a convenient healthy eating recipe, which comprised of at least 1/3 fruit and vegetables, for two adults on a budget of €8.00. This is a difficult challenge and in keeping with the commitment of ICA members, the standard of entry in this year’s competition was very high.

2002 National Healthy Eating Campaign

Today´s competition is part of the Health Promotion Unit´s National Healthy Eating Campaign, which this year has the theme “More Fruit and Vegetables Every Day – The Healthy Eating Way”. The aim of the National Healthy Eating Campaign is to promote and enhance awareness of the healthy eating guidelines. This year´s campaign focuses on the importance of fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. Fresh, frozen or tinned – eating one or more extra portions of fruit and vegetables each day is the key message, so that nationally we aim to meet the agreed recommendation of four or more portions of fruit and vegetables every day.

Heart Disease

Ireland has the highest premature mortality rate from heart disease in the European Union. One quarter of all deaths are caused by heart disease. While traditionally regarded as a disease affecting men, Cardiovascular Disease is the single leading cause of death among Irish women. Additionally, thousands of Irish people and their families live with heart disease every day. A key recommendation in the prevention of Heart Disease is the consumption of 4 or more servings of fruit and/or vegetables per day. Initiatives such as the healthy Eating Campaign ensure that this message is heard nationally, the ICA Healthy Eating Recipe Competition demonstrates that a healthy diet can be nutritious, affordable and appetising.