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my health

What was the last thing you ate?

This morning it was scrambled egg on brown bread, no butter and a banana. Yum.

Do you go to the gym or classes?

The gym constantly. I love it. I feel when I work out before work that I've lots of energy for the afternoon. It makes me feel better and ready for the day.

What foods always go in your shopping trolley?

I love fruit, so buy berries, strawberries, bananas, kiwis, and oranges. I love mince and chicken and buy rice to make a full meal of them. I love milk so about six cartons go in my trolley.

Do you take vitamins or supplements?

Omega 3 supplements. They're considered essential fatty acids, and have many benefits including health heart.

Have you ever been in hospital?

I dislocated my finger playing sport and it was put back together for me. It wasn't very sore but I played on it a little to get sympathy.

What was your worst illness?

A cold. It took me down for two full days about a year and a half ago. I never want to feel that bad again.

What is your favourite cure?

A walk or run, believe it or not. And a lovely big pint of milk, very cold.

Would you get your five a day?

I would aim to. My colleagues at the clinic know if I've missed a meal, and they call time out.

What is your favourite meal to cook?

My hubby always laughs at this because it's the only thing that I do for myself -- spaghetti Bolognese.

Any vices?

I have a weakness for chocolate and can end up eating a lot. My conscience makes me go for a longer run. I think if people worked out for 30 minutes a day it would help.

Ever dieted?

No. Once you eat the right foods and portion size and exercise regularly there's no need to diet.

Any family ailments?

No, we've been very lucky to date. We're a very sporty family, and I think this has a lot to do with it. My parents always believed in sport because it gives a person a great sense of life and makes them determined and focused.

How many hours sleep do you get a night?

Approximately six to seven hours a night. I'm told if a tornado hit, I would still be asleep.

Do you have any health goals?

I would love to try out as a heptathlete (200-metre and 800-metre runs, 100-metre hurdles, shot put, javelin throw, high jump and long jump) next year so I'm reading up on this.

Do you smoke or have you ever smoked?

No, but I did try when I was a teenager.

Choose one food to bring to a desert island with you.

Chocolate if it didn't melt. There's lots of space for running on a desert island.

Ballinteer beauty Anita Fitzgibbon (29) is clinical manager at Beacon Face and Dermatology and Irish javelin champion. For more information, log onto www.beaconfaceanddermatology.ie