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Open Air Theatre performance by Chapterhouse Theatre Company

Wednesday 2nd July
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Admission by ticket only. Adults £13.50 / Seniors £12.00 / Students, Children & Museum Friends £10.00 / Family (2 adults & 2 children) £40.00

Guided Tour of Downpatrick High Cross

Wednesday 2nd July
Down County Museum
Free

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Woodland Craft Skills Day and 50 things

Saturday 5th July
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
No charge, Donations welcome

Car Boot Sale at Mount Stewart

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

Ulster Military Vehicle Club

Saturday 5th July
Grey Point Fort
Free

Meet St ‘Moninne’ at Killevy Churches

Sunday 6th July
Killevy Churches
Free

Sundays at Carrickfergus Castle

Sunday 6th July
Carrickfergus Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Cistercian Life at Inch Abbey

Sunday 6th July
Inch Abbey
Free

Early Life on the Island, Devenish Monastic Site

Sunday 6th July
Devenish Monastic Site
Free

Week on the Wildside

Monday 7th July
Murlough National Nature Reserve
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Geology of Northern Ireland in a Nutshell

Wednesday 9th July
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Guided Tour of Downpatrick’s Historic Gaols

Wednesday 9th July
Down County Museum
Free

Jazz Evening at Crom

Thursday 10th July
Crom
Adult £5

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Pirates’ Cellar

Saturday 12th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

July Jazz Series

Sunday 13th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Music Sundays

Sunday 13th July
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Medieval Siege Machine Demonstration

Sunday 13th July
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Music in the Courtyard, Castle Archdale

Sunday 13th July
Castle Archdale
Free

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Behind the Scenes Tour of the Museum – Caring for the Collection

Wednesday 16th July
Down County Museum
Free

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Family Bushcraft Workshop

Saturday 19th July
Castle Archdale
Free

Medieval Fair at Dunluce Castle

Saturday 19th July
Dunluce Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Magilligan Martello Tower Open Day

Saturday 19th July
Martello Tower
N/A

Wetland Wonders

Saturday 19th July
Balloo Wetland Nature Reserve
Free

Himalayan Balsam Bash

Saturday 19th July
Moyola Nature Reserve, Magherafelt
Free

Conservation Skills – Butterflies and Moths

Sunday 20th July
Murlough National Nature Reserve
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Dunes

Sunday 20th July
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1

Argory Tartan

Sunday 20th July
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Martello Tower

Sunday 20th July
Assembly point: 12 noon Point Bar/Magilligan Point Car Park
Free

Time to be Tudor at Narrow Water Castle

Sunday 20th July
Narrow Water Castle
Free

Guided Seal Watch at Cloghy Rocks Nature Reserve

Sunday 20th July
Cloghy Rocks Nature Reserve
Free

Medieval Mystery Tour of Down

Sunday 20th July
Down County Museum
ContactAdmission: Adults £7, Children £4.50, Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £20. Non–refundable.

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Hats Off to the Forthill

Friday 25th July
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Free

Love Parks Week

Friday 25th July
Carrickfergus
Free

Summer Garden Walk

Saturday 26th July
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

Colours of the Causeway

Saturday 26th July
Assembly point: 1:00pm Whitepark Bay car park
Free

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Saturday 26th July
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Big Bug Hunt at Mossley Mill

Saturday 26th July
Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey
Free

National Marine Week Rockpool Rummage

Saturday 26th July
Ballymacormick Point, Groomsport
Free

Jazz in Mount Stewart Gardens

Sunday 27th July
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Bark in the Park

Sunday 27th July
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Big Bog Walk at Ballynahone Bog Nature Reserve

Sunday 27th July
Ballynahone Bog Nature Reserve, Ballynahone Road, Maghera,
Free

Seaside Shenanigans

Monday 28th July
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Trails Day at Redburn

Monday 28th July
Redburn Country Park
Free

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Much Ado About Nothing

Wednesday 30th July
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Admission by ticket only. Adults £13.50 / Seniors £12.00 / Students, Children & Museum Friends £10.00 / Family (2 adults & 2 children) £42.00

Crawfordsburn 5K Run

Wednesday 30th July
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Contact Gillian Weir

On Yer Bike

Thursday 31st July
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

  
 

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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