Three tips for a healthy Super Bowl Sunday

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Super Bowl Sunday is a time of celebration, especially for fans of the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. The excitement of the game and celebrations with friends and family make it easy to forget the implications of what you are eating and drinking. Try to remember these tips so you can enjoy a healthy super Sunday.

1. Limit Alcoholic Drinks
"When drinking in groups such as at a Super Bowl party, it is easy to get carried away," said Jason Rice, MD, "The inherent emotions attached to sporting events also can increase alcohol consumption, whether it's celebrating a big play from your favorite team or 'drowning your sorrows' following a poor performance."

More than three drinks for women and four for men is considered binge drinking, according to Dr. Rice. Know your limits and drink in moderation.

2. If you are drinking, get a designated driver.
If you plan to drink alcohol while watching the Super Bowl, arrange for a designated driver. Alternatively, look into public transportation or arrange for a taxi to bring you home.

3. Take precautions against the flu
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The Super Bowl increases the level of person-to-person contact as people gather at parties, bars and restaurants to watch the game. "You’re going to the bar or to peoples’ homes for watch parties and you’re double dipping the chip – or somebody else is – and you’re spreading the flu,” said Dr. Charles Stoecker, PhD. “Football fans might contract a mild case of influenza, but then pass it on to other, potentially more susceptible people.”

Stoecker advises fans to get vaccinated, practice good hygiene, wash their hands and be careful about any dip. You can find more tips on flu prevention at and on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website.


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Drugs – What You Need to Know in 2015

Friday 27th March 2015 (9-4.30pm)
Training Venue: Purcell House Conference Centre, All Hallows College, Gracepark Road, D9.
This one day drug education programme is designed to cater for 'new to post', volunteers and existing community workers.  It will be an opportunity for participants to update their knowledge of drugs related matters.
The morning session by Dr. Des Corrigan (Government and EU Drugs Advisor) will cover current Trends in Drug Use including information on MDVP, ‘Bonsai Super Sleep’ and other designer benzo’s.
The afternoon session will begin with Gary Broderick, Director of The SAOL Women’s Project in the North Inner City.  His presentation, Who’s stuck? Me, you or both of us: What to do when change is not happening – has been well received on previous occasions.
Gary’s presentation will be followed by Clients from Coolmine TC and parents from their Family Association all of whom will share their personal experiences with the group.
  • Option A  Morning Only ( Tea /Coffee)  €40.00 or €30.00 concession
  • Option B  Full Day (including lunch) €60.00 or €50.00 concession
Registration form below. Print off and return to CAD along with your course fee asap.
Invoices can be requested. IBAN and BIC codes can be requested.  You can also pay using our donate button on our website or send cheque or postal order to: CAD  5 Gardiner Row, Dublin 1.
Established in 1983, Community Awareness of Drugs (CAD) is a voluntary organisation and registered charity that provides drug education and training programmes to parents / guardians and carers, community workers and vulnerable young people.

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Mental Health: Understanding Policy and Models of Working

Social Care Ireland and Breaking Through are jointly coordinating a full day seminar on the 13th February from 10am to 4pm in the Glen Royal Hotel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. 
This event will be of interest to Social Care Workers and other Health & Social Care Professionals working in an area of mental health or with an interest in this area. 
To register for this event please click here
If you have any queries regarding this event, please don't hesitate to contact or (01) 4024160. 

Social Care and Social Policy in Ireland: Seeking Social Justice in the Era of Austerity and Beyond

DIT Grangegorman Campus, February 13th 2015
You are invited to attend this conference which will provide a space where social care practitioners and those working in related fields such as community work, youth work and social work can come together with academics, researchers and activists to share ideas and experiences in exploring issues related to activism and policy advocacy from a social justice perspective. There is also a dedicated strand within the conference for students of social care and related fields.
The conference is free to attend and lunch and refreshments will be provided, however places are limited and registration in advance is essential. You can register to attend at
This conference is a collaborative initiative of members of the social care programme teams in Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology Tallaght. Organisers: Karen Smith & Anne Marie Shier (DIT), Kevin Murphy (ITB) and Margaret Fingleton (ITT). It is jointly funded by the three institutions.