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Canals and Navigations

Friday 1st August
Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA
Free

Have a Go Day

Friday 1st August
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Rare Breeds Poulty Fair

Saturday 2nd August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free, Seperate Charge for Sellers

August Car Boot Sale at Mount Stewart

Saturday 2nd August
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Lughnasa Fair at Carrickfergus Castle

Saturday 2nd August
Carrickfergus Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

August Saturdays at Dunluce Castle

Saturday 2nd August
Dunluce Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Meadows to Mountains Walk

Saturday 2nd August
St Galls Clubhouse, 4 Miltown Row, Belfast
Small fee for the day

Kite Festival

Sunday 3rd August
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Family Fun Day

Sunday 3rd August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Strangford Sea Safari

Sunday 3rd August
Strangford Lough
Adult £12, Child £6

Kite Festival at Redburn

Sunday 3rd August
Redburn Country Park
Free

World War 1 Weekend, Grey Point Fort

Sunday 3rd August
Grey Point Fort
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Early Christian Life on the Island

Sunday 3rd August
Devenish Monastic Site
Free

World War One Film Night, Grey Point Fort

Monday 4th August
Grey Point Fort
N/A

Beckett Season – Storytelling event at Curry’s Cottage

Tuesday 5th August
Curry’s Cottage, Derrylin, 9 Derryhooly Rd, BT92 9ES
See flyer for details

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Go Batty! at Ardress House

Friday 8th August
Ardress House
Adult £5, Child £3, Family £13

Bat Night at Quoile

Friday 8th August
Quoile Countryside Centre
Free

Tully Castle Capers and Dog Show

Saturday 9th August
Tully Castle, Derrygonnelly
Free

Medieval Fair at Dundrum Castle

Saturday 9th August
Dundrum Castle
Free

Geology of Northern Ireland in a Nutshell

Saturday 9th August
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Open Day at Ards Allottments

Saturday 9th August
Ards Allottments
Free

Geology Rocks

Sunday 10th August
Assembly point: 10:30am Dunseverick Harbour Car Park
Free

National Marine Week Geology Rocks at Dunseverick

Sunday 10th August
Dunseverick, Bushmills
Free

Medieval Food & Quill Writing

Sunday 10th August
Fermanagh County Museum
Normal Admission Rates Apply

August Week on the Wildside

Monday 11th August
Murlough National Nature Reserve
Normal Admission, Members Free

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CraftFest 2014

Friday 15th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Victorian Weekend

Saturday 16th August
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free, Additional Charge for Afternoon Tea

World War One Commemorations

Saturday 16th August
Inniskillings Museum
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Drystone Walling, Inishowen, County Donegal

Saturday 16th August
Inishowen, Co Donegal
TBC

Landscape Painting & Photography Workshops

Saturday 16th August
Castle Archdale, Country Park
Free

Go Batty in the Park at Mossley Mill

Saturday 16th August
Mossley Mill, Newtowabbey
Free

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An Evening at Yellow Jack’s Cairn

Thursday 21st August
Divis and the Black Mountain
Adult £3

Batty Bonanza

Friday 22nd August
Springhill
Adult £5, Child £3, Family £13, Price includes light refreshments

Bat Walk

Friday 22nd August
Boom Hall – Derry–Londonderry
No charge, donations welcome

Season’s End in the Dunes

Saturday 23rd August
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1

Go Fishing

Saturday 23rd August
Assembly Point: Altnahinch Dam Car Park
Free

Nature’s Little Helpers at Kilbroney Forest Park

Saturday 23rd August
Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor
Free

Jazz Sunday

Sunday 24th August
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

Princesses and Pirates

Sunday 24th August
Springhill
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer of Cultures Family Fun Day

Monday 25th August
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Tickets £3.50 per adult/ child/senior & student. Under 2’s go free. Group ticket for 5 admissions – £15.00.

Cot Trips – August Bank Holiday

Monday 25th August
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

Bank Holiday Monday at Carrickfergus Castle

Monday 25th August
Carrickfergus Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

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International Pollinator Pow–Wow

Wednesday 27th August
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
Free

Bat Night

Thursday 28th August
Assembly point: 7:30pm O’Harabrook Estate stable yard, Ballymoney (approx. 10pm  nish)
Free

Bat Evening at Roe Valley

Thursday 28th August
Roe Valley Country Park
Free

Putting Ecosystem Services into Practice

Thursday 28th August
Garron Plateau, Co. Antrim
£20.00

Central and Local Government Reform

Friday 29th August
Clifton House, North Queen Street, Belfast
Free

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Meet the Normans!

Sunday 31st August
Carrickfergus Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

      
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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.