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Dance study: Ballet dancer Eden Jessup stretches during a health assessment with nutrition researcher Sarah Mitchell. Her mum Wendy
watches at rear.
Ballerinas under scrutiny
Young ballerinas who train
long hours as they dream of
a role in Swan Lake may be
hindering their performance.
A study on vitamin D and
its role in dancers' health
could help them, Massey
University nutrition re-
They are seeking 100
young ballerinas for a study
of dancers' growth and devel-
opment while under pres-
sure to be strong and lean.
They want ballerinas aged
13 to 18 to undergo tests of
their muscle strength, bone
density and iron status, and
to be willing to take vitamin
D supplements or a placebo
to assess the role vitamin D
plays in bone, muscle and
nutrition researcher Sarah
Mitchell, whose master's
project is dubbed the Sun-
flower Study, says there has
been little research on the
effects on young dancers of
long hours of indoor training
combined with dietary
restrictions to achieve the
desired body shape and size.
Based on other studies,
she says young ballet
dancers in New Zealand are
at risk of vitamin D
deficiency because they
spend little time outside in
the sun, which is the main
source. Vitamin D is essen-
tial for bone health, muscle
strength and a healthy
We know a lot of mums of
ballet dancers are worried
about their daughters but
they don't have the facts,''
Ms Mitchell says.
We are aiming to provide
some clear information and
guidelines on nutrition that
will ultimately help dancers
with their performance.''
The Albany campus
researcher says young
ballerinas are at greater risk
of injury and other health
effects because of hormonal
changes that influence the
development of their bones.
Low body fat can cause
delayed menstruation, which
affects bone health, while
low iron can reduce muscle
strength and stamina.
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Bagged up: Almost 290 people
benefited from the Whangaparaoa
Lions Autumn Fertiliser Drive.
The bi-annual event provides a
service to the community by
delivering Kings Plant Barn garden
fertiliser to the recipient's door.
It helps those who would
otherwise find it difficult to obtain
fertiliser for their garden,
Whangaparaoa Lions publicity
officer John Kingdon says.
The club raises a small amount of
Lions, from left: Hayden Selby,
president Warren Marks, Gordon
Carlyle, project leader Tony Selby
and Eric Fanselow.
High achiever: Zonta Hibiscus Coast presented Eve Bain with the Young Women
in Public Affairs award. From left: Zonta member Linda Braithwaite, Eve Bain and
Hibiscus Coast Zonta president Suzanne Coleman.
Eve Bain has been selected for the
Zonta Hibiscus Coast Young
Women in Public Affairs award.
Zonta International promotes a
special award which recognises the
achievements and potential of
women aged 16 to 19 interested in
The award was established to
encourage young women towards a
career or leadership position in
public affairs by recognising volun-
teer leadership achievements as
well as a knowledge of Zonta Inter-
national and its mission of
advancing the status of women''.
A former Whangaparaoa College
student, Eve's accomplishments
include extensive community ser-
vice, academic achievements and a
strong desire to make a difference.
As an active member of United
Nations Youth for four years she
has recently returned from The
Hague International Model United
Eve's passion, enthusiasm,
determination and her focused
approach to achieving her goals
are remarkable, Zonta Hibiscus
Coast president Suzanne Coleman
Eve will go on to represent Zonta
District 16 at national level.
Visit zonta.org for information.
Go online to review The Carmen Suite
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sell has been out and about with her
reviewer's hat on.
Go to today's online version of the
North Harbour News and find out
what she thought about the
New Zealand Symphony
Orchestra's rendition of The Car-
Simply go to northharbour
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edition to read what she has to say
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