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Why Exercise is the Best Medicine - Prof. Niall Moyna Delivers Guest Lecture

03/04/2014

Prof Moyna illustrated how 70% of diseases the Irish Healthcare System treats per annum could be treated and indeed, prevented with exercise.

Professor Niall Moyna gave a very interesting and informative guest lecture to staff and students from the Institute's Department of Science and Health.

Dr. David Ryan, Head of the Department of Science and Health, introduced Professor Moyna to a packed lecture theatre and thanked him for taking the time to share his expertise with IT Carlow students. Prof. Moyna emphasised that good health is not just about physical wellness but also incorporates mental and societal wellbeing. Drawing from an impressive suite of research, Prof Moyna illustrated how 70% of diseases the Irish Healthcare System treats per annum could be treated and indeed, prevented with exercise. He maintained that Ireland has a reactive rather than proactive healthcare system and this needs to change drastically.

The importance of exercise at any age was demonstrated with astounding positive results in both the very young and the very old. An emphasis was also put on the fact that even moderate amounts of exercise, such as a 10 minute walk four to five times a week can result in really significant improvement in health and indeed, disease prevention.

The vital necessity for children to exercise regularly was one of the key aspects of Prof Moyna’s lecture. He stressed that those who took regular exercise during childhood were much more likely to avoid obesity and disease in adulthood. As well as healthier citizens, Prof. Moyna highlighted the billions of euro that could be saved by simple, regular exercise.

Dr. Sarah Kelly of the Department of Science and Health at IT Carlow commented "We were delighted to welcome Prof. Moyna to IT Carlow. His passion for exercise science and disease prevention is infectious and would inspire anyone to adopt a healthier, more active lifestyle".

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Muirghin Brophy: Communications Officer IT Carlow

E: communications@itcarlow.ie

Image Detail: Centre back: Guest lecturer Prof. Niall Moyna with Dr. Sarah Kelly of IT Carlow, surrounded by staff of the Department of Science and Health at IT Carlow