As part of the Choose to Live Better Festival, the Northern Obesity Partnership is supporting a number of events and activities across the Northern Area aimed at supporting people in making healthier choices.
Under this initiative, Mid Ulster District Council are hosting a Community Health and Well Being Fair in Cookstown Leisure Centre on Tuesday 6th February from 3pm-7pm. This will provide an opportunity for members of the public and local workplaces to avail of the following: free health checks; free taster physical activity classes including Boccia, Tai Chi, Pilates and Spinning; and receive information on the services of a range of health and community organisations.
Information will be available on mental health, home safety, the fuel stamp scheme, healthy eating, smoking cessation and physical activity, among other things. Organisations such as the PCSP, Mindwise, Age NI, The Alzheimer’s Society, and Action Hearing Loss will be on hand to distribute advice and provide support.
There will also be the opportunity to find out more about how Mid Ulster District Council can support its residents in making health lifestyle changes through taster sessions and information on what’s on offer in leisure centres, sports centres and outdoor amenities near you.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Kim Ashton welcomed the initiative, saying, “The health and well-being of our residents is a key priority for the Council, and initiatives like this are ideal to bring agencies and groups together in a one-stop shop, so that local people can call in, either by themselves, with the family or work colleagues, on the way home from school, work or at any time throughout the event, to find out the positive steps they can take to choose to live better.”
“Obesity is one of the greatest health challenges we face as individuals, families and communities but it’s important to focus on the positives in order to encourage and motivate change. The Northern Obesity Partnership aims to support individuals, families and communities to take positive steps to longer term lifestyle changes.” continued Sabrina Lynn, Northern Obesity Partnership Coordinator.
The aim of the Choose to Live Better Festival is to both inform and encourage people start to take those positive steps in making lifestyle changes for themselves and their families and to recognise that small changes, which are easier to manage, can make a big difference to our long term health.
60% of adults in NI are classed as either overweight or obese according to the 15/16 NI Health & Social Wellbeing Survey. 25% children aged 2-16 are overweight or obese in NI (NI health survey 15/16).
If you wish to book a health check appointment, attend a talk or take part in any of the physical activity sessions please contact Cookstown Leisure Centre on 028 8676 3853. All health checks, talks and activity sessions need to be pre-booked.
Further information on the range of exercise classes and talks being provided on the day is available on the council’s website. www.midulstercouncil.org