Me and my health: MLA Claire Hanna on her lifestyle
South Belfast SDLP MLA Claire Hanna (36) lives in south Belfast with her husband Donal and their two daughters, Eimear (4) and Aideen (2).
Q: Do you take regular exercise - and if so, what?
A: I started doing the Parkrun at Ormeau Park a year ago and get out for a run about three times a week. It can be hard to get into a routine with my schedule as a politician and as a mum with two young kids, but I really love it.
Q: What's the worst illness you have ever had?
A: I have been really lucky with my health. The worst thing I have ever suffered is an ear infection, which I am prone to, and I've never been in hospital, except when I had my two babies.
Q: How healthy is your diet?
A: Pretty healthy, as I don't eat a lot of meat and there is plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables in my diet. I never skip meals and mostly eat at regular times.
Q: Any bad habits?
A: Snacking on treats between meals, such as chocolate and crisps. When I am working late or have to attend an evening function it's hard to resist just grabbing something quick. I have caffeine pretty much under control and don't drink tea or coffee after mid-afternoon.
Q: Do you drink and/or smoke - and if so, how much?
A: I don't smoke, but I like the odd drink - although I don't get much a of chance for the latter with two small kids, as I don't get out very much. When I do, though, I will enjoy a glass of red wine, a pint of Guinness or a craft beer. I'm not much of a drinker, though, maybe one or two, but very infrequently.
Q: Do you take any health supplements?
A: I depend on Berocca (a multivitamin) - I think I'd expire without it. Maybe it's psychosomatic, but it just seems to give me an instant boost. I will take a Berocca if I am going out, rather than alcohol.
Q: How do you take time out?
A: I really find the Parkrun - which is only half an hour - so enjoyable. Running is excellent for mental health and it really clears my mind. I also love hanging out with my children - they are brilliant. They don't care about politics, or if you've had a challenging day, they just want your attention.
Q: How well do you sleep?
A: Pretty well, most of the time. I probably don't get enough sleep and have to switch off completely before I can doze off for the night. I'm not great at getting up in the morning at all.
Q: Do you worry about getting old?
A: No, I don't. My mum, Carmel, hasn't had great luck with her health and has had cancer a few times, so I do worry about keeping well. I want to be as fit and healthy as I can so I will be around for my children, and that is the best motivation to exercise and eat well. Age happens to us all, but I believe in enjoying life and doing all the active things you can, while you can.
Q: What is your go-to product/habit that keeps you feeling healthy?
A: I don't bother much with skincare products - I'm actually rubbish at make-up - I keep a jar of Vaseline to use as lip balm and that's it. Luckily, my two older sisters are great and make sure I have lots of lotions and potions to look after my skin. They will buy me great beauty items at Christmas and on birthdays. I do try to drink a lot of water, though. When it comes to feeling well, I think the Parkrun is such a tonic - it's not about elite running but getting together with other people and being part of something which has a great sense of community.