Almost two thirds of older people in Ireland overweight

Active Retirement Ireland launches initiative encouraging members to focus on health

By Offaly Express Reporter

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With almost two thirds of older people in Ireland overweight ARI launches initiative encouraging members to focus on health

With almost two thirds of older people in Ireland overweight, Active Retirement Ireland (ARI) this week launched an initiative encouraging its members to focus on their health goals as they get older.

The campaign was highlighted at the organisations hugely popular annual Bowls Competition which was held in the Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

ARI is encouraging its members to focus on their health goals and to share those goals with other members. Information and advice will be available to members through the ARI website, Facebook page and other communication channels, and will include healthy lifestyle advice to encourage members to make healthier health choices. Peter Kavanagh, Head of Communications and Public Affairs for Active Retirement Ireland, said: "More than two-thirds of older people in Ireland are overweight or obese, so physical activity is incredibly important. Just half an hour a day of moderate physical activity is enough to make people feel better and live longer.”

The Active Retirement Ireland National Bowls Competition was the perfect opportunity for members to get moving and the event saw over 50 skilled teams of retired adults aged 50 to 95 compete for the coveted Active Retirement Ireland Cup. Now in its seventh year, the competition was bigger and as competitive than ever, as teams took part in local bowls events throughout the year to prepare for the tournament, culminating in the event in Castlebar this week.

Peter Kavanagh added: “Bowls is a sport that people of almost any age can participate in, regardless of their physical ability, so it really suits our members. A clear initiative of our national tournament is to encourage more people to remain active and sociable during their retirement years. Staying active and healthy through physical and mental activities contributes greatly to health and wellbeing of our members. This is not only a great social event; it's also a fantastic sporting occasion for people of all ages."

The winners of the Small Bowls Cup were Bennekerry, Co Carlow. The winners of the Large Bowls Cup were Beauford, Active Retirement, Killarney Co Kerry.