Graduate Focus – Jackie Varley

Jackie recently graduated with the CI Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching from IHS

A qualified chef, (spending 10 years working in various establishments including the 5-star Ashford Castle, Cong Co Mayo) before qualifying as a Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach with the Institute of Health Sciences.

She set up Optimal Health in Kilkenny over ten years ago and has been working with individuals, sports clubs and endurance athletes on improving their health through food.

Her focus is two-fold; weight loss & healthy eating for everyone. She loves to hear the ‘side effects’ of eating well from her clients before they ever step on the scales. A keen athlete herself, Jackie understands the importance of Performance Nutrition first hand.

Commenting on her time at IHS, she said “IHS has given me a good foundation & the tools required to set up & run my own business. While I continue to seek new learning experiences on an ongoing basis, IHS is still my first port of call when looking to update my skills.”

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