Results from our #SeptemberSavings survey into the costs of extracurricular activities for children reveals that 69% of parents spend over €500 a year on extracurricular sports activities for each child, an important but often over-looked cost that comes to the fore when children go back to school in September.
To tie in with the research results, we are offering €30 cash back on sports club fees to all new and renewing customers throughout the month of September. Click here for more information.
The research reveals that 17% of parents sign their child up for one extracurricular activity a year, while 43% will sign their child up for two activities a year. A further 27% said that they would be paying for as many as three after school activities for their child while 6% say they will sign them up for over four activities. While 67% say that their child’s enthusiasm for the activity is the main factor when choosing extracurricular activities, nearly one third say that the health and fitness benefits associated with participating are a key reason for signing them up.
Speaking at the launch of our #SeptemberSavings campaign, Mairead Ronan, radio and TV broadcaster says: “As a mum, September is always a month of extra costs and so I think it’s a great idea to reward parents for investing in their child’s health and well-being”.
Have you been experiencing trouble with conceiving naturally? Are you worried that you might have fertility issues? Or are you considering starting a family with the help of fertility treatment? Whatever your reason, we are here to help.
We are now offering a 10% discount on selected procedures at Beacon CARE Fertility in Dublin. This provides our members with discounts on a range of fertility treatments including Fertility Tests, Fertility Treatments, Chromosome Screening, Genetic Screening, Egg Freezing & Storage.
We are delighted to announce this new benefit, in addition to a range of excellent benefits already available with our Enhanced Maternity Personalised Package, which is one of a range of eight packages that can be added to your insurance policy at absolutely no additional cost on most of our plans – allowing you to tailor your cover to suit your exact needs.
Other benefits available on our Enhanced Maternity Personalised Package include the following:
- Baby swim classes – swimming is a natural instinct that all babies are born with and is great exercise for both babies and parents. With this benefit members will get a point of sale discount and a contribution towards one course of baby swim classes per year.
- Baby massage classes – baby massage has been shown to be soothing for babies and a great way of bonding between parents and their babies. With this benefit we will contribute towards the cost of a baby massage course.
- Breast feeding consultancy – many new mums find it really helpful to have someone to turn to for support and advice on breastfeeding. This benefit will give you a contribution towards breastfeeding consultancy with a qualified breastfeeding consultant.
- Private ante-natal classes – with this benefit we will pay a contribution towards an antenatal course that is provided by a qualified midwife.
- Pre & post natal Yoga & Pilates – we will give you a contribution towards the cost of pregnancy, baby yoga and pilates classes with a qualified yoga or pilates expert, to help keep you fit and healthy before, during and after pregnancy.
- Early pregnancy scan – early pregnancy can be an exciting time and many couples want to see their baby as soon as possible. An early pregnancy scan offers parents the opportunity to check that the pregnancy is progressing well, confirm the due date of their baby and receive a 2d print of the scan image to take home with them. We will provide a point of sale discount and pay a contribution towards an early pregnancy scan.
- 3 & 4D Scans – 3 & 4D scans offer incredibly clear images of your baby and a great opportunity for early bonding. Our members receive a point of sale discount and a contribution towards the cost of 3 & 4D maternity scans.
- Baby sleep academy – If you are experiencing difficulty getting your baby or child to sleep, you may consider having a private consultation with Baby Sleep Academy by Skype or telephone. Our members will receive a discount for one Baby & Toddler Sleep Consultation
These changes to our Enhanced Maternity Personalised Package are available to new and renewing customers from 1st May 2015. Please check your table of benefits to confirm what level of cover is provided for the above benefits listed, and the providers for which cover is approved. Details of how to claim are listed in your GloHealth members handbook, for many you will need to keep your receipts and send them to us to claim for these benefits. GloHealth Financial Services Ltd trading as GloHealth is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. GloHealth health insurance policies are underwritten by Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) PLC. Terms and conditions apply.
We were delighted to be involved again in this year’s GloHealth Mullaghmore Triathlon. We had a great weekend in the breathtaking surroundings of Mullaghmore village in Sligo on Saturday 20th June. The day was great success with over 300 people taking part, including some of Ireland’s top athletes who took on the challenging sprint course including a 750 meter swim, 20 km cycle and a 5km run.
Sligo’s own Ciaran Mc Closkey and Belfast’s Heather Foley claimed the top titles on Saturday. Ciaran, a member of the local Sligo TC, completed the gruelling course in a time of 1:03:50, while the fastest female, Heather Foley of the Hi-Elbow TC in Belfast, crossed the finish line in 1:08:02. Caoimhe Ni Mhurchu also from Sligo Triathlon Club was second lady over the line.
Husband and wife powerhouse, Niamh and Graeme Stein had double cause for celebration, both achieving podium places. Graeme was the second man to cross the finish line with a time of 1:04:48 just ahead of Raymond Byrne while Niamh completed the course in a time of 1:16:43 to claim third place.
Now in its 15th year the GloHealth Mullaghmore Triathlon, one of the most popular in the triathlon calendar continues to go from strength to strength, with competitors and spectators alike guaranteed a day of high adrenaline action.
A huge congratulations to everyone who took part, especially our own GloHealth team!
Self-administered testing kit rules out embarrassing visits to the GP and results are processed in just two days
Have you been meaning to get your sexual health checked but just haven’t found the time? Or are you looking for some peace of mind but are just too embarrassed to see your GP? Whatever your reason, GloHealth is here to help.
The innovative health insurance company is now offering customers a free STI screening service which can be added to their insurance plan at absolutely no additional cost.
The STI testing service is provided by Letsgetchecked.com and fully covers a test for the two most common STI’s in Ireland today – Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea. In addition to this, significant discounts are also available to GloHealth members across a range of tests currently offered by Letsgetchecked.com.
Customers receive a self-administering testing kit and a simple step-by-step guide that outlines the straightforward testing process. Samples are sent to an accredited laboratory and results are processed within two days of receiving the sample. Once the results are available, a discreet email is sent to the customer outlining the outcome of the test.
As the STI testing kit can be used in the privacy of your own home, it rules out any need to visit a GP or clinic, meaning no appointments and, more importantly, no embarrassment!
The free STI screening is part of GloHealth’s ‘Women’s & Men’s Health’ package which is one of a range of eight packages that can be added to your insurance policy at absolutely no additional cost – allowing you to tailor your cover to suit your exact needs. This package also includes money back on a variety of other health screens such as testicular, prostate and smear tests.
As the weather gets warmer we have to work harder to stay properly hydrated. The rule of thumb is that you should drink eight glasses of water per day and some experts recommend even more. However, whilst it is very important to drink water, you can also eat your water, as there are a lot of hydrating foods, which have at least 90% water, that can contribute to your fluid intake.
Keeping hydrated is critical to your overall health. Watch out for some of the signs of dehydration which are; headaches, thirst, fatigue, less frequent urination than normal and dry skin.
People normally consume 20% of their fluid intake from the foods they eat. We take a look at the most hydrating foods that should be eaten to avoid dehydration.
Salad Greens: Iceberg lettuce has a lower nutritional value than most lettuce; it has a very high water content at 96%. Spinach and other leafy greens are packed with nutrients such as fibre and vitamin C. Put them in your salads, sandwiches and juices.
Strawberries: Whilst all berries are good for hydration, strawberries are at 91 % water so easily the best of the bunch. Strawberries are very versatile, eat them on their own or with natural yoghurt for a delicious desert or pop them in a smoothie for a nutritious and hydrating breakfast or snack.
Celery: Due to its 96% water content, crunchy celery has just 6 calories per stalk! It also provides lots of mineral salts, vitamins and amino acids. Celery is delicious raw and can also be added to salads, soups and juices.
Cucumbers: At 95% water content, a glass of cucumber slices is nearly as hydrating as a glass of water. It also contains almost ideal levels of calcium and magnesium, along with potassium, sodium and other minerals. Eat them on their own or try picking them as a delicious addition to salads or sandwiches, or whizz them up into a cool soup.
Bell Peppers: At 92% water content these are among the highest of all vegetables. They are also a high source of vitamin C. Slice them and serve with hummus for a snack or pop into a salad or grill them for the top of a burger.
Watermelon: The clue is in the name as watermelon has over 92% water content. It is also a great source of vitamin C. It can be enjoyed on its own, cut up and added to a jug of water or taken as a cold soup on a hot day.
Radishes: With 95% water content, this nourishing food can help to keep the body hydrated. These refreshingly crunchy, vegetables should be a fixture in your summer salads.
All these healthy and refreshing foods are in season so should be in plentiful supply during the summer months. Introducing them into your diet will allow you to stay healthy & stay hydrated.