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Nuno Felt Scarf Workshop by Jacki Sleator

Saturday 5th April
Enniskillen Castle Museums
£45 includes light refreshments, this fee includes a £20 non–refundable deposit

Car Boot Sale

Saturday 5th April
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Spring into Action for a Beach Clean

Saturday 5th April
Murlough National Nature Reserve
Free

Get Buzzing

Saturday 5th April
Rowallane Garden
Adult £20

Habitat Improvement

Sunday 6th April
Lagan Valley Regional Park
Free

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Bird Surveys Techniques

Friday 11th April
Derrygonnelly
£200

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Easter Egg Trail

Monday 14th April
Springhill
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail at The Argory

Monday 14th April
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

eNGO Workshop

Monday 14th April
Peatlands Park
Free

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Wind Energy … the New Goldrush?

Wednesday 16th April
Conference Hall, Admin Building, Loughry College, Cookstown BT80 9AA
Free

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Easter at the Barn

Friday 18th April
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail at Mount Stewart

Friday 18th April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Nest Finding Course

Saturday 19th April
Oxford Island
£15

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday 19th April
Murlough National Nature Reserve
Normal Admission, Members Free

Greyabbey Bay Walk

Saturday 19th April
Strangford Lough
Adult £5, Child £2.50

Wild in the Park – Easter Bunnies

Saturday 19th April
Carnfunnock Country Park
Price: £2.75 per adult, £2.25 per child/concession

Easter Pondemonium

Saturday 19th April
Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor
Free

Easter Egg–stravaganza

Sunday 20th April
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Madness

Sunday 20th April
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Sunday Treasure Trails

Sunday 20th April
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Fair

Sunday 20th April
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail At Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Sunday 20th April
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail at Ardress House

Sunday 20th April
Ardress House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail at Wellbrook Beetling Mill

Sunday 20th April
Wellbrook Beetling Mill
Normal Admission, Members Free

Wild In The Park: Spring Is In The Air With Phil’s Farm

Sunday 20th April
Carnfunnock Country Park
Free

Easter Egg Rolling Competition

Sunday 20th April
Carnfunnock Country Park
Free

Picnic in the Park

Monday 21st April
Forthill, Enniskillen
Free

Easter Cot Cruise

Monday 21st April
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

Easter Monday Fun Day

Monday 21st April
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Hunt – Derry–Londonderry

Monday 21st April
St Columb’s Court, Derry–Londonderry
No charge, donations welcome

Up Close With A Fantastic Fox & Friends

Monday 21st April
Carnfunnock Country Park
Free

Fantastic Mr. Fox Maze Hunt

Monday 21st April
Carnfunnock Country Park
£3 passport

Drumclay Crannog Exhibition

Monday 21st April
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Easter Chick Trail

Tuesday 22nd April
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Vintage Rally

Saturday 26th April
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Wild In The Park: Falcons And Friends

Saturday 26th April
Carnfunnock Country Park
Free

Jazz in the Garden

Sunday 27th April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Obesity cuts life Expectancy 12 March 2012

Obesity cuts life expectancy by nine years Poots

Obesity is a modern lifestyle epidemic that is threatening our health and well–being.

This was the key message delivered by Health Minister Edwin Poots at the launch of The Framework for Preventing and Addressing Overweight and Obesity in Northern Ireland 2012–2022: A Fitter Future for All.

This ten year strategy will seek to improve the health and well–being of people throughout their entire life, from newborns to seniors.

Mr Poots said: We need to face the issue of obesity head on. Its an issue that will require commitment and action from across all sectors, including other government departments and agencies. It is therefore my intention to invest more than 7 million towards tackling the problem of obesity over the next three years.

In Northern Ireland 59% of adults are either overweight (36%) or obese (23%). Another worrying statistic is that 8% of children aged 2–15 years were assessed as being obese. These figures demonstrate the scale of the problem and the enormous challenge we are facing.

The new framework sets challenging targets. To date we have focussed on simply trying to stop the rise in the levels of obesity, however under ‘A Fitter Future For All’ we want to reduce the level of obesity by 4% and overweight and obesity by 3% among adults. This means changing for better the lives of around 60,000 people.

This will require changes in our lifestyles and behaviours. Most importantly, individuals need to be given the opportunity to make decisions that will benefit their own health and well–being.

The proposed framework proposes new measures aimed at:

· increasing levels of breastfeeding;

· increasing knowledge and skills about food and its preparation

· encouraging participation in physical activity;

· promoting walking and cycling;

· making sure how we live and where we live encourages and supports

· healthy eating and physical activity; and;

· encouraging and supporting more community involvement with these issues.

The Minister added: The negative impact on health caused by obesity cannot be overstated. Being obese increases the risk of developing serious illnesses such as heart disease; stroke, some cancers and Type 2 diabetes and can cut life expectancy by nine years.

It is a significant challenge facing modern society and if we dont tackle it now we are storing up a multitude of problems for ourselves in the future.

The Minister continued: More and more of our children and young people are becoming overweight or obese and are putting themselves at risk of developing a range of health problems in their later years.

Evidence shows that it is more likely that an obese child will become an obese adult. This in turn will lead to a greater strain on our health and social care services, with more people requiring treatment and specialist care for obesity–related illnesses.

Northern Irelands Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride added: Obesity is one of the most important public health challenges facing Northern Ireland today. It knows no age limits, no boundaries, it does not discriminate and it brings with it increased risks of developing serious health problems.

People should be aware of the importance of a healthy diet and taking more exercise. We must act now to avoid a future where our children face significant health problems. Individuals can make choices in everyday life that will improve and protect their health.

The Minister cited the Give It A Go! initiative aimed at raising awareness of the range of nutritional and physical activity initiatives in the southern area for special mention.

He said: ‘TheGive It A Go!’ initiative is a great example of how collaborative work can make such a positive contribution to peoples lives by providing opportunities for learning, participation in physical activity and for social interaction.

Tackling obesity throughout the entire population will take time but I strongly believe that the actions set out in this framework will inspire and enable people to improve their diets and be more active.

Government cannot tackle obesity on its own. We can encourage and promote healthy eating and physical activity but as a society, we must take more individual responsibility for our own health outcomes.

Dr Tracy Owen, Consultant in Public Health Medicine and Regional Lead for Obesity with the PHA, said: The PHA is already working with partner organisations across many of the areas included in the framework A Fitter Future for All and is addressing issues such as developing peoples skills and knowledge about healthier eating along with encouraging participation in physical activity. The framework gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of this important area and strengthen action.

As the Minister has mentioned, a good example of this coordinated action is the PHA supported initiative ‘Give it a Go!’ which is providing people in the Southern area with the opportunity to learn about food through supermarket tours and Cook it! classes and to get active through walks, spinning classes and many other activities, all of which are free. These taster sessions are aimed at raising awareness of healthier lifestyles which will ultimately make changes in behaviour more likely.

These changes, no matter how small, can help people to lose weight, maintain a healthy weight and bring big benefits to their general health. Importantly, we have developed this joint programme by working closely with our partners, particularly local councils.

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