Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Weather brings a heavy impact

THE recent bad weather has had a weighty impact on Northern Ireland's health and wellbeing.

A survey released by the National Lottery Good Causes shows 31% of adults admit to piling on the pounds because they have been spending more time indoors due to the unseasonal weather.

A third confessed they were eating more comfort food than usual, while 42% said they were unable to exercise regularly.

The National Lottery is encouraging more people to get active, whatever the weather. In the last five years, more than £2bn of National Lottery funding has been invested in community sport and projects that boost people's health.

National Lottery funding gives people low-cost ways of improving their health in their own areas. It has improved community and sports centres, parks, the National Cycle Route, walking paths and nature trails throughout Northern Ireland.

With summer on its way, it's the perfect time to get outdoors.

JACKIE O'SULLIVAN

National Lottery Good Causes, London

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