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Stargazing Event

Monday 1st September
Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Beauty
Free

Bushmills Village Walk

Tuesday 2nd September
Assembly Point: 6:00pm Park and Ride car park
Free

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Investing in Northern Ireland’s Heritage – IoF Introductory Certificate Course 2

Tuesday 9th September
Rural Community Network, 38a Oldtown Street, Cookstown, Tyrone
£10

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WeBS Methodology Training Day

Saturday 13th September
Castle Espie, Comber
Free

European Heritage Open Days

Saturday 13th September
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Free

European Heritage Open Days 2014

Saturday 13th September
Various Locations
Free

Habitat Management at Gilford Castle

Sunday 14th September
Gilford Castle – Gilford Village
Free

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NIEL Annual Conference 2014 – Fundraising for the Northern Ireland Heritage and Environment Sector

Wednesday 17th September
Grosvenor House, 5 Glengall St, Belfast, BT12 5AD
Free

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Grey Point Fort – Northern Ireland’s Maritime World War One Legacy

Friday 19th September
Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA
Free

September 1914– the men of Belfast sign up for the First World War

Friday 19th September
Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA
Free

West End Ramble, Kebble & Kinramer NNR, Rathlin Island

Saturday 20th September
Rathlin Island
Normal bus and ferry charges apply

Beachwatch at Killard Point

Sunday 21st September
Killard Point near Strangford
Free

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Sustainable Water: A Long Term Water Strategy for Northern Ireland

Thursday 25th September
Main Room (3rd Floor), Grosvenor House, Belfast, BT12 5AD
Free

Everyday Life in Extraordinary Times

Thursday 25th September
Fermanagh County Museum
Normal Admission Rates Apply

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Safari Live

Saturday 27th September
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

EUROPARC Conference 2014 – Understanding the value of nature

Sunday 28th September
The Malton, Town Centre, Killarney, Co. Kerry
See website for details

Apple Day at Peatlands Park

Sunday 28th September
Peatlands Park, Dungannon
Free

K T Frost and a Case Full of Loot

Monday 29th September
Elmwood Building, Queens University
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.