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Get Ireland Active – January 2023

After seeing their population’s health pale in comparison to its global counterparts, the Irish Government released the Get Ireland Active framework, a year-long event that falls between January and December. Various initiatives have been released to improve Irish society’s health and well-being as a whole. This framework targets educational curriculum in schools, community centers, and other settings, and various literacy programs to encourage lifetime support for various physical and sports recreation.

History of Get Ireland Active

Staying active has several health benefits that we are all aware of. There is even a recommended level of physical activity needed to reduce the global burden of certain illnesses like diabetes, heart problems, and more. Governments across the world began monitoring their citizens’ overall health, and they noticed a troubling trend. Despite public health recommendations promoting physical activity, there are very few people who meet these goals globally. For example, Ireland showed only 34% of adults and 33% of older people met the recommended level of activity.

On average, Irish people reportedly spent 5.3 hours of their workday sitting down as opposed to moving about. Plus, the level of health illnesses caused due to inactivity was higher in Ireland compared to its global counterparts. Europe had 6.8% of the population affected by diabetes, which rose to 10.9% in Ireland. The numbers were also higher for cancer-stricken patients (some cancers are also thought to be brought on by inactivity). These statistics raised concerns about the overall health of the Irish people.

The Irish Government created a special group, co-chaired by the Department of Health and the Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport, to develop a National Physical Activity Plan to increase physical activity among their population. To make sure everyone’s interests were being represented, they invited various types of stakeholders to participate in the planning process, including people with interests and expertise in physical activity.

The Get Ireland Active plan was launched in January of 2016, with their key target — to increase the number of people performing regular exercise by 1% each year. They planned to give their citizens ample opportunities to get active via various events, campaigns, and even changing curricula in schools and educational institutions. Their plans ran the gamut from long-term to short and concentrated on reshaping the environment itself to encourage more activeness among the general public.

They went on to create an Implementation Group to act on the Get Ireland Active plan’s recommendations (again, with a range of stakeholders from various official governmental organizations like the Departments of Children and Youth Affairs, Education and Skills, and more), a website that serves as a front of information to promote and help with physical activity.

Get Ireland Active timeline

2007
Staying Healthy to Save Money

A study conducted in Australia suggests that if people were more active for just 30 minutes a day, Australia could save almost AUS$1.5; this reinforces the world's belief that having a healthy population has great monetary benefits.

2015
The European Week of Sport

A unique initiative encourages more Europeans to become physically active, and thus, healthy.

2018
Irish Physical Activity Research Collaboration

The Irish Government creates a special project to innovate ways to get Irish people more active; the project members are various official Irish organizations and international experts.

2018
Global Action Plan on Physical Activity

Countries request the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide more guidance to promote physical activity and the WHO responds with a framework to help them scale up policy actions.

Get Ireland Active FAQs

Is the Get Ireland Active plan still active?

Yes, Ireland still hosts events under this initiative. Events have been held as recently as 2021, and more are planned for this year.

Are there any Get Ireland Active events planned for 2023?

Multiple virtual and physical events are in the works for 2023. The final schedule, according to the Get Ireland Active website, is yet to be confirmed.

What is Ireland Active?

Ireland Active is the National Association for Leisure, Health, and Fitness in Ireland. They host multiple events to support the Get Ireland Active initiative.

How to Observe Get Ireland Active

  1. Create an environment for the activity

    You don't have to build anything (unless you want to) to create an active-friendly environment around you. Create a little 'exercise corner' in your home, make your backyard play-friendly, research local bike and walking paths, and then use them. Invest a little time to make sure you are ready to get active without any hitches and watch the magic take effect.

  2. Get active

    The best way to get active...is to get active. Look for ways to incorporate physical activity at home, at school, at the workplace, and even while at rest. Your body and mind will thank you for it eventually.

  3. Encourage others to get active too

    Why reap the benefits of good health alone? Spread the word about your healthy habits to influence others to join you. You will be helping to make another person healthy and get an exercise buddy while you're at it!

5 Interesting Facts About Being Active

  1. Diets alone do not help

    Staying active (aka exercising), combined with a good diet, is more effective for weight loss.

  2. Change your exercise routine

    The human body adapts to a workout routine in around six to eight weeks, so changing up exercises with each season leaves you better off than if you kept doing the same thing over and over again.

  3. Staying active with a group is better

    Studies indicate working out with other people boosts brain activity; plus, people are more inclined to actually keep being active when others around them are doing the same thing.

  4. Cheat days without (much) guilt

    Regular activity keeps you more fit, so having a cheat day or two won't have as much of an effect as one done when you are not working out at all.

  5. Staying active is good for the brain

    Multiple studies show more active people have better memory and brain functions; young adults who stayed active also could focus better and control their emotions well when they became middle-aged adults.

Why Get Ireland Active is Important

  1. Staying active is important

    We've got the evidence to support this fact. People who are physically and mentally stronger are more confident and independent too.

  2. It can increase global health standards

    Taking Ireland's example to heart can improve people's interest in staying active, thus, preventing incidences of illnesses and increasing health outcomes overall.

  3. Such programs are socially important too

    A large-scale event like the Get Ireland Active initiative encourages everyone across the country to come together for a common goal. People are pushed together, as they learn to engage with their neighbors and community.

Get Ireland Active dates

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Celebration of Life Week
Diet Resolution Week
National Silent Record Week
National Time Consciousness Week
New Year’s Resolutions Week
The World Series of Beer Pong
Apple Gifting Day
Commitment Day
Copyright Law Day
Ellis Island Day
Euro Day
Global Family Day
Haiti Independence Day
International Public Domain Day
Mummer's Parade
National Bloody Mary Day
National First-Foot Day
National Hangover Day
National Shepherd Day
New Year's Day
New Year’s Dishonor List Day
Polar Bear Plunge Day
Public Domain Day
Ring a Bell Day
Rose Bowl Game
Solemnity of Mary
Sudan Independence Day
Triumph of the Revolution
Universal Hour of Peace
World Day of Peace
Z Day
Apple and Apricot Month
Artichoke and Asparagus Month
Be Kind To Food Servers Month
Bread Machine Baking Month
California Dried Plum Digestive Month
California Restaurant Month
Celebration Of Life Month
Cervical Health Awareness Month
Children Impacted by Parent's Cancer Month
Clap 4 Health Month
Dry January
Family Fit Lifestyle Month
Financial Wellness Month
Get A Balanced Life Month
Get Ireland Active
Get Organized Month
Ginuary
International Brain Teaser Month
International Change Your Stars Month
International Child-Centered Divorce Month
International Creativity Month
International Quality of Life Month
International Wayfinding Month
International Wealth Mentality Month
Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month
Little Things Mental Health Campaign
Manuary
March of Dimes Birth Defects Prevention Month
National Adopt a Rescued Bird Month
National Bath Safety Month
National Be On-Purpose Month
National Birth Defects Prevention Month
National Black Diamond Month
National Blood Donor Month
National Book Blitz Month
National Braille Literacy Month
National CBD Month
National Clean Up Your Computer Month
National Codependency Awareness Month
National Conscience Month
National Eye Care Month
National Fiber Focus Month
National Glaucoma Awareness Month
National Hobby Month
National Hot Tea Month
National Mail Order Gardening Month
National Meat Month
National Mentoring Month
National Menudo Month
National Oatmeal Month
National Personal Trainer Awareness Month
National Polka Music Month
National Poverty in America Awareness Month
National Radon Action Month
National Skating Month
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
National Slow Cooking Month
National Soup Month
National Stalking Awareness Month
National Staying Healthy Month
National Sunday Supper Month
National Thank You Month
National Train Your Dog Month
National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
National Wheat Bread Month
Poverty Awareness Month
Prune Breakfast Month
Receding Gums Awareness Month
Retail Bakers Month
Rising Star Month
Self-Love Month
Shape Up US Month
START Child Health campaign
Teen Driving Awareness Month
Thyroid Awareness Month
Tubers and Dried Fruit Month
Unchain a Dog Month
Veganuary
Walk Your Dog Month

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