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Northern Ireland CMO launches Start Active, Stay Active physical activity guide

Physical Activity Infographic

Northern Ireland Executive  and Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Michael McBride, has launched a guide to help people to stay active and healthy using simple steps every day.

The Start Active, Stay Active infographic which is being launched across the UK, and endorsed by the CMO’s from each jurisdiction, highlights easy ways to lead an active and healthy life, doing everyday activities like carrying shopping bags upstairs and walking to work.

Speaking about the launch Dr McBride said: “In 2013/14, research shows 61% of adults and 25% of children (2-10 years of age) in Northern Ireland were either overweight or obese. Physical inactivity is responsible for one in six UK deaths and up to 40% of many long term health conditions.

“This is not something we can simply ignore – it is a growing concern. Regular physical activity is an important element in contributing to maintaining a healthy weight and can help keep your thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp as you age. It can also reduce your risk of depression and may help you sleep better.”

The launch of the infographic is complementary to Making Life Better, the Executive’s 10-year overarching strategic framework for public health.

News released by the Northern Ireland Executive 23 September 2015

Click here to download a copy of the Physical Activity Infographic

Click here to read the Scottish CMO news item and our President’s quote.

Click here to read the Welsh news item and CMO quote.