Irish Podcast Awards 2023: Best wellbeing podcast

For many listeners, podcasts are a respite from stress and anxiety, and they can also provide an excellent way to improve ourselves with regular doses of health and wellbeing guidance. This category is aimed at those shows where personal improvement and wellness is top of the agenda, doing vital work in helping us all to feel our best.

Winner: Real Health with Karl Henry

Wellness expert Karl Henry’s weekly podcast aims to offer listeners simple, accessible advice on all things health, cutting through the nonsense and half-truths people absorb online. 

Featuring expert guests in their field, each week Real Health with Karl Henry tackles a topic with the latest science and the best possible advice available. Topics have included everything from sex and relationships to living with a terminal illness and receiving palliative care.

Not every topic is quite so heavy, however, and some of the most popular episodes are “Karl’s Top Tips”, where Henry offers straightforward advice on health topics like motivation, the best ways to get back on track with your fitness journey and the benefits of resistance training. You can also expect to hear from some familiar Irish personalities chatting about how they got where they are, and how health fits into their busy lives today.

Highly commended: Gold Ribbon Conversations

Gold Ribbon Conversations is one of those podcast that one hopes never to relate to. Dealing with the traumatic impact of childhood cancer, it speaks to those who have experienced childhood cancer, including their families as well as survivors, and provides much-needed support and strength to those facing this difficult and tragic journey.