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Winter 2017

Ni4kids' round up of school-gate chat for November...

Stepping Out For A Woolly Good Walk This Winter

Cancer Fund for Children is delighted to announce that its annual Winter Woolly Walk event will return in 2018. Supported by Ni4kids, we want families from across Northern Ireland to shake off the winter chills and join us for a short two to four mile walk, whilst also raising funds to support local families affected by cancer. There are seven family-friendly walks taking place at beautiful locations across the country, including Belfast, Tyrone, Portstewart, Newcastle, Antrim, Fermanagh and Derry/Londonderry. Cancer Fund for Children Events and Campaigns Officer, Amanda Steele said: “By getting involved and fundraising, you will be making a huge difference to local families affected by cancer so bring the kids, the grandparents and get your woolly hats on for a great day out.” The charity relies heavily on fundraising activity at events such as this to continue its vital work to provide practical, emotional and financial support, as well as free short therapeutic breaks, to local families affected by cancer. 2018 Winter Woolly Walks will take place across two weekends on Saturday 17 and Saturday 24 February. Registration is from 10am with walks starting at 10.30am. For more information and to register visit or Tel: 028 9080 5599. Keep an eye on for Winter Woolly Walk updates.

Women are starting their families later 

Women in Northern Ireland who are having children are having them later in life and are having fewer of them. This is one of the findings of the statistics published by the Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) this November. The report reveals that the average age of first-time mums here has increased from 24 to 28 years since 1986, with the average age of all mums similarly rising from 27 to 30 years over the last three decades. Moreover, the average number of children per woman of child-bearing age (15-44 years) has reduced from 2.44 to 1.95 between 1986 and 2016. Of the 24,076 births registered in 2016 (12,425 baby boys and 11,651 baby girls), just over one fifth (22 per cent) were to mums aged 35 and over.

Driving A Healthy Weight For Children

A major new five-year public health awareness campaign to set families, and in particular children, on the path to a healthier future has been launched by a multi-agency grouping of safefood, the Department of Health and the Public Health Agency. With almost a quarter of children in Northern Ireland aged between two and 15 years reported recently as being overweight (17%) or obese (8%)*, the new “START” campaign is set to take a fresh approach to tackling an issue which continues to stack up serious health problems for the next generation. Launching the campaign, Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, Dr Michael McBride, said: “Unhealthy lifestyle behaviours have become commonplace in our society and these are impacting negatively on our children’s health. This campaign aligns with our Fitter Future for All Framework 2012-2022, whose overall aim is to empower the population of Northern Ireland to make healthy choices, reduce the risk of overweight and obesity-related diseases and improve health and well-being, by creating an environment that supports a physically active lifestyle and a healthy diet.” To find out more about the campaign, visit

*Health Survey Northern Ireland 2016/17

Number Facts

88p The average amount of money people believe the tooth fairy should pay per child’s tooth.

70% The number of children who don’t think eating healthily now will impact on their health as an adult.

4 hours. The amount of time 64% of children in the UK spend using technology per day.

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