A Healthier Lifestyle Must Be Top Priority
Northern Ireland Health Minister emphasised that upholding a healthy lifestyle must be a priority for us all.
The Minister was speaking during a visit to the DHSSPS's and Health Promotion Agency's (HPA) promotional stand at the Balmoral Show, where visitors can get advice on how simple lifestyle changes can have a positive impact on your level of health.
During his visit Mr McGimpsey said: "It is clear from recent reports that obesity levels in Northern Ireland are growing. One in four girls, one in five boys and over half our adult population are now overweight or obese. This is clearly a worrying trend that can ultimately result in serious medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes and a generation full of problems for our young children.
"It is the responsibility of us all to ensure that our own personal health is a top priority. Small lifestyle changes can lead to huge benefits. A balanced diet and a more active lifestyle is the key. People are often put off when the words vegetables and exercise are used but it is about making small, sustained, long-term changes. Take a walk to the shops rather than the car, substitute full fat milk for semi-skimmed milk and gradually introduce more fruit, vegetables and physical activity into your daily routine."
The Minister concluded: "I understand that in this fast moving world of today, it can often be thought difficult to find the time for upholding a healthy lifestyle. Personal health is however too important to put on the back burner. Small dietary changes and more physical activity could potentially increase life expectancy and lead to a greater quality of life."
Visitors to the Balmoral Show will have the opportunity to measure their Body Mass Index and get advice on the small changes that can be made for a healthier lifestyle.