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Maura takes strides to a healthier heart

As part of Team Flora and so training hard for the Flora Women's Mini Marathon, Maura Derrane, presenter of RTé's Afternoon Show, was surprised to learn that her cholesterol level was slightly raised.

"I'd thought about doing the Flora Women's Mini Marathon before but hadn't got around to it, so when Flora asked me to become involved this year, I was thrilled.

"It's a great excuse to get in shape. Because my daily schedule is hectic, I generally don't stick to a diet and love junk food. Still, when I found out I had raised cholesterol, it was a big surprise. So I am now tackling that."

Supervising Maura's diet is Flora nutritionist, Dr Patricia Heavey.


"Exercise is a great way to maintain a healthy weight. While Maura's cholesterol levels were slightly raised and this can increase the risk for heart disease, Maura is improving her cholesterol levels by cutting down on salt, saturated fats and eating plenty of fruit and vegetables and wholegrain starchy foods," says Dr Heavey.

If you find out that you have high cholesterol, Flora pro.activ foods are designed to manage cholesterol levels and help avoid heart health problems in the future.

After you find out your cholesterol level, check your heart age by logging onto www.floraheartage.com and answering a few simple questions.

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