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Good nutrition improves health

• Provides defenses against diseases. • Protects from some types of cancer. • Prevents osteoporosis. • Helps to prevent heart disease. • Improves intellectual performance. • Improves physical appearance. There is no food that contains all nutrients or is essentials.Good nutrition in addition to physical exercise keeps our body in shape. To establish a balanced
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It’s never too late to shine

What is Silver Swans? The Royal Academy of Dance developed Silver Swans in response to a growing demand for ballet classes for older learners. These classes are delivered exclusively by Silver Swans Licensees accredited by the Royal Academy of Dance. Licensees are located all around the world and Verity is the only Silver Swans Licensee
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Gran Alacant Runners May Update

In April, Claudia and Brigitte ran their first ever marathon event. In training they have run the 42km distance but never have they competed at an official event so this was a new experience for them. After a gap of 2 years due to Covid restrictions the Hanover Marathon was one of the first major
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CLAIMING OUR RIGHTS AT MADRID

Last Sunday, April the 3rd, there was a demonstration of Veterinarians in Madrid. The media did not catch wind of this, even less of which were the vindications of the Spanish veterinarians. We never talk about politics here, but we believe the reasons of the veterinarians are important for all animal owners.  During the pandemic,
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club May Update

CHICKEN RUN Sunday 20th March After raining all week everyone was relieved it finally stopped and we could play the monthly chicken run. Thirty two players took part so we played four trips and two pairs, the best attendance since before lockdown. Jean Chamberlain and Neil Young won the chickens, Lynne Armitage and Iain Sheridan
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Alzeimers by GA Family Doctors

Spain is one of the countries with the highest life expectancy, which rounds the 81 years old. However, living longer is not always good news, if it is not accompanied by a good quality of life. Currently, the quality of life as we age is better than it was a few years ago. Nonetheless, diseases
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Gran Alacant Runners

During March, Claudia and Brigitte introduced the group to a German charity that was collecting funds for the children and refugees of Ukraine with the intention of raising Euro 100,000 and to date they have raised an astonishing Euro 200,000, admittedly not all of it from our group of runners.  We have pledged to run,
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Project 4 all

When we make a promise we keep it!!! All of your donations have been taken into Ukraine and handed over directly into the hands of a Ukrainian aid agency.  We know this because we drove over the border to put it straight into their hands.  On Sunday night, our Romanian friends had arranged for us
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GA Runners March Update

During 2021 Graeme Dockwray introduced himself to the running group. He lives in Gateshead where he is a member of Low Fell Running Club, regularly running the Saturday Morning Park Run in Saltwell Park, Gateshead.  In March he will be in GA and plans to run the Benidorm 21k on 5th March. Graeme started running
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Easy Horse Care Charity Shop Closure

On 10 February 2022, the Easy Horse Care charity shop closed its doors for the last time following the banks decision not to renew the lease on the property.   The shop was located next to Dialprix and opened on 15 December 2015.  The proceeds from the shop helped raise funds to rescue and rehabilitate
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Driving over almonds

The citizens of Tokyo famously cherish their annual visits to the cherry blossom and here in Alicante we can enjoy a similar experience with the famous local almond tree blossom. Almonds are one of the signature crops of our region and the trees come into flower at this time of year. Interestingly the trees produce
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How to prevent osteoarthritis

The joints make up the skeleton and allow us to move freely. They have, in addition to bones, an sheath called the joint capsule, lined by the synovial membrane which produces synovial fluid. The bones do not normally rub against each other, since they are covered by a firm and elastic cartilage tissue. In osteoarthritis,
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club March Update

CHICKEN RUN As usual the monthly chicken run was well attended. At the end of the first nine ends we held a spider which was won by Ian Hamilton. The chickens were won by Lynne Armitage and Colin Bedford. The eggs were won by Pam and Steve. Thanks to Howie who donated the chickens and
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SANTA POLA HALF MARATHON & GA RUNNERS 2022

On 23rd January Santa Pola hosted the 30th International Half Marathon (21km), starting from the harbour front on Avda Fernando Perez Ojeda and attracting 7055 entrants (5599 men and 1456 women).  The festivities started on Friday 21st January with the “Runners village” opening in the castle where participants could collect their race numbers, commemorative T
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NEW LEGAL STATUS OF ANIMALS IN SPAIN

Since Jan 2022, there is a new regulation in Spain which recognizes animals are no longer (legally speaking) objects but sentient living beings. This new law is NOT the Animal Welfare Law, which is still at its first stages and it won’t be approved till next year. This new status of the animals affects other
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History of Arenales del Sol Hotel

Dear Lou & Ged,  Since I moved here 17 years ago, the Hotel in Arenales del Sol has been a topic of conversation among residents and local news reports as it increasingly fell into a state of disrepair. I went online to find out its history and see pictures of it in its heyday. I
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club February 2022 Update

FUN DAY On 15th December, Cindy organised a Fun Competition played over eighteen ends with a break after nine ends for refreshments. The first nine ends we played a fixed standard mat and the jack was placed short, medium and long. The second nine ends we played “Irish Bowls” when all the players have delivered
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General medical checkup in apparently healthy patients

The general medical examination has been considered as one of the most important practices in preventive medicine. It has been called “periodic medical examination” since its period can vary between one and five years, depending on the age. However, some people call it “annual examination” because of its annual periodicity. In children, the periodic examination
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club January 2022 Update

ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST After having to been cancelled twice Elvis (Gary Foley) finally appeared at the Alonai restaurant.  What a wonderful afternoon enjoyed by all who attended, well waiting for !!!!! Even better Elvis will be back at the Alonai 13th February 2022, there is information on the notice board at the bowls club.  
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GA Runners December Update

We are well into the running season now with running clubs and local authorities arranging runs ranging from 5k to 42k.  Brigitte and Claudia have entered the SuperHalfs Challenge, which requires them to run 5 half marathons  (5 x 21k) in 36 months. The races are in Cardiff, Prague, Lisbon, Copenhagen and Valencia and after
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Kidney disease by GA Family Doctors

Let’s talk about chronic kidney disease … The kidneys are responsible for filtering waste and excess fluids from our body, which are eliminated through urine. In some circumstances, pathologies such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity can permanently affect the proper functioning of these organs. What is chronic kidney disease? Chronic kidney disease affects
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club December Update

CHICKEN RUN All the rinks were used for the October chicken run so it was well surported by bowling members and social members. The chickens were won  by Ted Hyman and Jane, the eggs were won by Sheila Roberts and Mike. Thank you to Diane Horsington and John Hunt for donating the chickens, Julia and
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Flu or influenza

By Gran Alacant Family Doctors What is influenza? It is an acute respiratory disease, produced by the influenza virus.  Unlike the common cold, its symptoms are of greater intensity and severity.  The duration of the disease is “self-limited”, that is, it improves on its own after a few days.  However, it can sometimes lead to
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club October Update

TRIPS COMPETITION  The Gran Alacant Mixed Rinks Competition was once again cancelled so we held a Trips Competition for club members. Twelve teams of three were split into two groups and each team played three games over the two days. Points were scored for every end won and for winning the overall game. Before the
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DRAFT OF ANIMAL PROTECTION ACT (I)

Spanish Parliament is going to approve within the following months a new (and more strict) Animal Protection and Welfare law. So far, the legal text is not definitive yet, and the content is not 100% developed. Just like any other legal text, lots of articles will be modified before its definitive approval. Most people have
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