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BBC presenter Jo Scott: 'A sweet tooth is my downfall'

By Helen Carson

The 43-year-old BBC Newsline presenter lives in Belfast with her husband Gerry and their two sons, James (7) and Ollie (4).

Q: Do you take regular exercise - and if so what?

A: I have just returned to the gym, so I try to go three to four times a week. I also run on a Thursday with a group of friends and have just started sessions with a personal trainer who I have worked out with over the years - he takes no excuses and can motivate like no other.

Q: What's been your worst illness you have ever had?

A: Thankfully I haven't had many illnesses - I have been blessed that way. The only thing I can recall was a bout of glandular fever I had when I was doing my A-levels which floored me for quite some time - apart from that I have been very lucky.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: I think my diet is healthy, most of the time. I love vegetables and fruit and I really enjoy experimenting with new fish and chicken recipes in the kitchen. This time of the year, though, I love delicious soups and stews which are packed full of veg.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: Lots of sugar - I have the sweetest tooth. I am good Monday to Friday, then it's anything with sugar in it - I like chocolate, cake, biscuits - I wouldn't thank you for crisps or nuts. I love dark chocolate in particular.

Q: Do you drink and/or smoke - and if so how much?

A: I don't smoke - I don't like smoking, but I do like a drink - in moderation. Red wine is my tipple of choice and you can't beat a gin and tonic.

Q: Do you take any health supplements?

A: I don't really as I feel I get most of the vitamins and minerals I need from my diet which is pretty good. Sometimes I take magnesium to help me sleep, as it is a muscle relaxant, when I remember. Occasionally I do take cod liver oil, but only because my husband Gerry swears by it.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: With our two children. We love to layer up and head outdoors for a walk or go cycling in the park. Family time is very much my time out. We also love Dunfanaghy, so we head up to Donegal as much as we can. It is just nice when we are there to cuddle up together by the fire on cold, wintry nights and watch a movie.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: Well, when I'm on an early news shift, my day starts at 4.30am which is quite an effort. I have been doing early starts like that for a number of years now and it never seems to get any easier. I will go to bed around 8.30pm/9pm and read for a while, but it can be tricky as your body doesn't always want to go to sleep then. When I'm not on an early shift I sleep like a baby.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: No - I'm just not a worrier. I think you just live for the moment and take whatever comes your way.

Q: What is your go-to product/habit that keeps you feeling healthy?

A: I suppose it is a number of things. I just love being outdoors for a walk or a run as it instantly makes me feel on a high. Getting a good hydrating or detoxing facial or a massage is always worth the investment too - when time permits.

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