Alive and Kicking with Clare McKenna
Alive and Kicking with Clare McKenna
About Alive and Kicking with Clare McKenna
Clare McKenna looks at ‘health’ in the widest sense of the word. From mindfulness to skin problems, from personal health journeys to tips for better exercise, Clare tries to bring you a dose of happy and healthy living. Listen and subscribe to Alive and Kicking with Clare McKenna on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'
On this week's Alive & Kicking Podcast: Sleep is one of the pillars of health but how many of us get the quality we need and what can we do to make that happen? Tom Coleman is a sleep expert - he joins Clare to chat about how we can go from the edge of burnout to peak performance all by focusing on getting good quality sleep Jennie Haire, a registered nutritionist and nutritional therapist Lisa Hughes of 'Your Wellness Collective' join Clare to talk about how everyone is different, and there shouldn't be a one size fits all approach when it comes to nutrition.
'Dublin Front Runners' is Ireland’s oldest LGBT+ running club, inviting gay men, women, and their friends to stay active and have fun in the process. They currently have 250 members with 60 identifying as women. Clare speaks with members, Gillian Callaghan and Mark Armstrong about why it's not just about running but about providing an inclusive space. Dr. Caren Hession is on a mission to help people rise up and find their voice. Drawing on a wealth of training from music to creative arts, neuroscience, and neurolinguistic programming, she's designed a coaching programme and workshop that's helped many including senators for public speaking and some with speech impediments. And Sinead Hingston was on the show a couple of years back to talk about grief having lost her husband Geoff when they were 7 months married and she was 17 weeks pregnant. She has since gone on to rebuild her life and a family with her husband Michael but who have experienced pregnancy loss along the way. She joins Clare to talk about why she's founded 'Spark a Life' because no life, no matter how short should be forgotten.
Joining Clare McKenna on this week's Alive & Kicking Podcast: Professor Francis Finucane, Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine at University of Galway and Consultant Endocrinologist at Galway University Hospital explores the changing ways we view and treat obesity. And Fiona Brennan, Clinical Hypnotherapist joins Clare to chat about retreats, why they are good for us, and how we can weave what we learn into our everyday lives.
Joining Clare on this week's Alive & Kicking Podcast is Susan Coote, Exercise & Physiotherapy Coordinator with MS Ireland to discuss their 3,000-push-up challenge for the month of March. Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London, Director of the Twins UK study, scientific co-founder at 'ZOE', and one of the world’s leading researchers on the microbiome - the large community of microbes that live in our gut, skin, and body - also joins Clare to discuss the some of the misconceptions were have with food and what it really means to have a healthy diet.
On this week's Alive & Kicking Podcast: Dr. Harry Barry joins Sinead to talk about the Power of Connection; as February is 'Global Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Month', counselling psychologist, Dr. Liza Morton, who herself was born with a heart issue, will talk about the trauma of living with a life long illness and how to manage that. And, Ranae Von Meding, CEO and Co-Founder of 'Equality for Children'.
On this week's Alive & Kicking Podcast: 'Dublin Front Runners' is Ireland’s oldest LGBT+ running club, inviting gay men, women, and their friends to stay active and have fun in the process. They currently have 250 members with 60 identifying as women. Clare speaks with members, Gillian Callaghan and Mark Armstrong about why it's not just about running but about providing an inclusive space. Dr. Caren Hession is on a mission to help people rise up and find their voice. Drawing on a wealth of training from music to creative arts, neuroscience, and neurolinguistic programming, she's designed a coaching programme and workshop that's helped many including senators for public speaking and some with speech impediments. And Sinead Hingston was on the show a couple of years back to talk about grief having lost her husband Geoff when they were 7 months married and she was 17 weeks pregnant. She has since gone on to rebuild her life and a family with her husband Michael but who have experienced pregnancy loss along the way. She joins Clare to talk about why she's founded 'Spark a Life' because no life, no matter how short should be forgotten.
On the Alive & Kicking Podcast this week: Grow it Yourself supports people around the world to live healthier, happier, and more sustainable lives by growing some of their own food. Clare finds out all about it and what we can all be doing to grow our own. Clare is joined by Daniel Davey, performance nutritionist, and author of 'Eat Up: Raise Your Game' & 'Eat Up: The Next Level'.
Today, we mark the first day of the #StandStrong movement, a new campaign launched by Women’s Aid and Allianz Insurance. The movement aims to engage, educate and empower the people of Ireland to help end domestic abuse and raise much needed funds for the charity to support women and children in need. But what is the best way to stand strong with these women? What changes do we need to make as a society to enable this change? Clare McKenna was joined today for a special panel to mark the occasion by those who advocate for these changes – Norah Casey, businesswoman, entrepreneur and domestic abuse survivor, Ailbhe Smith, Chair of Women’s Aid and Don Hennessy, relationship counsellor and author of How He Gets Into Her Head.
Joining Clare for this week's episode of Alive & Kicking is Professor Francis Finucane, Senior lecturer in the School of Medicine at University of Galway and Consultant Endocrinologist at Galway University Hospital two discuss how we view and treat obesity. And Fiona Brennan, Clinical Hypnotherapist discusses retreats, why they are good for us, and how we can weave what we learn from them into our everyday lives.
On this week's Alive & Kicking Podcast: Jim Breen appeared on the RTE version of 'Secret Millionaire' back in 2012 and decided to speak publicly about his experience of depression throughout his life. He went on to raise thousands for charity through 'Cycle Against Suicide' and now works to tackle beliefs about mental health in the workplace with his organisation, 'I am Here'. He talks to Clare about what he calls the "Tuesday feeling" that has permeated his life, how we need to move to conversations on to empowering people to know how to ask for help, how to help others, and that no one's journey is ever linear. And Clare checked out the 'Future of Beauty' show to try the ground-breaking technologies they have to offer.
Dr Mary O’Kane joins Clare to discuss the challenges of getting decent family time and the importance of trying to grab those moments. Known for her humorous and down to earth approach, she is a lecturer in psychology and early childhood education, along with being the author of Perfectly Imperfect. And Hannah Daly tells Clare her story about having multiple college degrees despite being unable to read or write. Her new book, “Knowing No Boundaries: A memoir of my life with dyslexia, dyspraxia and sensory” gives an honest account of living with these hidden disabilities.
This week on Alive & Kicking: Joe Cross joins Clare to chat about his new documentary 'Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead' in which he took hold of his health and travelled across America extolling the virtues of micronutrients. And Sarah Tobin found trauma after childbirth left her struggling to cope but having found 'EFT Tapping' and using it as a means of getting through it, she has gone on to share the practice with mums and teachers all over the world. She joins Clare to tell her more.
This week on the Alive & Kicking podcast: Clinical psychologist, Dr, Sean Foy, on the truth about addiction and how we need to question a society that criminalises addicts & and best-selling author Louise O'Neill on the teacher who changed her world.
In recent weeks, when it comes to healthcare, people have been urged to explore all other options before heading to a hospital for treatment; parents are urged to keep kids out of school if they develop any symptoms; and there wasn't a family in the country that didn't know somebody who spent Christmas sick in bed. To discuss the issues surrounding the Irish healthcare system, Clare is joined by Sheena Mitchell, the award-winning pharmacist behind Wonderbaba.ie, a website and podcast with practical advice. Transformation specialist, Dr. Yolande Coombes also joins Clare to discuss her interest in people’s behaviour, studying how environments affect physical and mental health, and the impact this has on work and society today.
Clinical Hypnotherapist and best selling author of the Positive Habit Fiona Brennan chats about why we should set intentions not resolutions Olivia Kenna on what Grey Area Drinking is? And Festival Mna is taking place in Dun na Si in Westmeath next Saturday 7th – it's a wellness experience with Yoga, Breathwork, talks , Dancing, Fitness classes , Cacao Ceremonies, Music and much more. Clare speaks to two of its organisers Lorraine Hogan and Siobhan Murray
Today we take a look back at some of the interviews from the year which stayed with us long after we had pulled down the faders. Clare will be speaking to Dr Hazel Wallace about her mission to bring women's health front and centre with her book The Female Factor. Brother Richard speaks about a life with meaning and finding still points. And Conor Buckley and Paddy Smyth from Human Collective talk about what it truly means to embrace diversity and inclusion.
Sarah Shannon was a corporate lawyer spending years studying and then many working in Dublin law firms before following a urge to seek out something more which led to world travel and now working as a yoga and meditation teacher, leading others to find their own way in life. She joins Clare in studio to talk about what helped her find her path once she made the first jump. And Lydia Rolley is an occupational therapist and psychotherapist who experienced chronic fatigue syndrome first hand and then with many patients through her work. This led her to write The Fatigue book to help others with the debilitating condition and also those with long covid fatigue. Her book starts with empowering people in their recovery or living with the illness and she talks through some of her practical tips with Clare
Two health topics that we tend to shy away from are on the show today. Elaine Crowley is probably best known for her work on Virgin Media television where she is currently presenting Ireland AM at the weekends. She joins Clare to talk about how she and her sister Maggie have recorded a series of you tube videos about Living with Depression and how to start small conversations that could make a massive difference. Ray Cleary was part of a Men's Shed roadshow which talked about men's health, he shared his experience of prostate cancer with the group. He speaks with Clare about why men don’t talk about it more. Jason Brennan is a psychotherapist who has provided training and coaching for large corporate companies, military and emergency services and in the field of sports. His new book written with Brent Pope is called Win – Proven Strategies for success in sport, life and mental health and Jason joins Clare in studio to talk about the key skills to increase resilience and wellbeing.
Joining Clare this week is Dr. Clodagh Campbell, The Wellness Psychologist on helping you live your happiest life with some wellness tips, tricks, and strategies & Artist, Orla Walsh, on dealing with her husband’s life-limiting condition.
Nicola Connelly of Nunaia on what life in Peru taught her about wellness and ritual, Professor John Nolan on the clinical trial which has seen a breakthrough in treating Alzheimer's and how hiking can be more than just a walk
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