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November 2017

Launch of START Campaign  A new campaign encouraging parents and guardians to start making healthy choices for their children launches today.  The Healthy Eating and Active Living Programme is working with safefood and Healthy Ireland to encourage and inspire parents to start making the healthier choice.  Acknowledging that it may not be an easy task, the campaign emphasises that just one daily win can start kids on the way to a healthier life.  Watch out for the START advertisements on TV, radio, cinema and digital channels.  CLICK HERE to read the news release or visit makeastart.ie  (01/11/2017)

October 2017

Keep Healthy and Eat Healthy  Farmer's Journal has linked with Men's Sheds to provide a series of articles relating to men's health.  The most recent of these articles relates to healthy eating and how good eating habits can improve wellbeing.  HSE input to the article was provided by Margaret O'Neill, National Dietetic Advisor and Emer Smyth, Health Promotion and Improvement CLICK HERE to read the full article from the latest issue of Farmer's Journal (23/10/2017)

Get Ireland Walking Strategy & Action Plan 2017 - 2020 Launched  We are delighted to be a partner with Get Ireland Walking, working towards our shared vision of a vibrant culture of walking in Ireland.  We welcome the launch of the Get Ireland Walking Strategy and Action Plan 2017 – 2020, which sets out a blueprint for the promotion of walking in Ireland over the next four years CLICK HERE to download the Get Ireland Walking Strategy & Action Plan 2017 - 2020 in pdf format (4/10/2017)

September 2017

Nutritional Standards for School Meals Launched  The Minister for Health, the Minister for Education and Skills and the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection today (25th September 2017) jointly launched new Nutrition Standards for the State’s School Meals Programme. These will ensure the programme follows the national Healthy Eating Guidelines  CLICK HERE for the Department of Health Press Release (25/9/2017)  CLICK HERE to download the Nutritional Standards for School Meals document in pdf format (25/9/2017)

July 2017

Steps to Health Challenge a Huge Success  426 teams collectively consisting of 5,500 members of HSE staff recently took up our Challenge to walk 10,000 steps per day over a five week period, making the inaugural HSE / Irish Heart Steps to Health Challenge a resounding success  CLICK HERE for the full article from Health Matters Summer 2017 issue

Healthy Food for Life  There are still major problems with the diet of Irish people, with many of us eating food from the wrong levels of the Food Pyramid  CLICK HERE to read the full article from the Health Matters Summer 2017 issue (31/7/2017)  CLICK HERE to read more about the Healthy Eating Guidelines and to download some available resources (31/7/2017)

Sligo University Hospital Launches Calorie Posting Policy  The Policy was launched to promote awareness and and increase consumption of healthier food and drink choices among HSE staff and the public using and visiting HSE healthcare facilities  CLICK HERE for the full article from Health Matters Summer 2017 issue (31/7/2017)

June 2017

Childhood Obesity Prevention: Bringing POCKETS Together  The POCKETS Conference, which was held on Thursday 4th May, was organised by Marita Hennessy, a 2nd year PhD student in NUI Galway.  Marita has put together a blog on her experience of arranging the Conference.  Within the blog there are links to the various presentations and slides from the day  CLICK HERE to read Marita's blog (20/6/2017)

May 2017

COSI Report Launched  Today, Thursday 4th May 2017, the Health Service Executive in conjunction with the National Nutrition Surveillance Centre in UCD publish the Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) in the Republic of Ireland: Findings from 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2015  CLICK HERE to download the Report (4/5/2017)   CLICK HERE for the related article from Health Matters Summer 2017 issue (31/7/2017)

April 2017   

New Walking Route in Cork City  A seven kilometre Slí na Sláinte walking route covering a large part of the North-West of Cork City has been officially launched  CLICK HERE for the full article from Health Matters Spring 2017 issue (5/4/2017)

HSE Staff Feel the Love and Get Walking  A HSE Operation Transformation Love Life, Love Walking Day had thousands of staff around the country on their feet recently.  CLICK HERE for the full article from Health Matters Spring 2017 issue (5/4/2017) 

Eat for Health  Eat according to the servings recommended and you will meet your nutritional needs, in a healthy way.  CLICK HERE for the full article from the Health Matters Spring 2017 issue (5/4/2017)

January 2017

6 Easier Food Swaps to Make for Healthier Meals  Still struggling to stretch to those ambitious goals of concocting three wonderfully nutritious meals a day?  Make things easier on yourself with simple changes to increase your intake of fruit and vegetables instead, to protect yourself against heart disease, stroke, obesity, and some types of cancer.  CLICK HERE for the full article from thejournal.ie (13/1/2017)

December 2016

Plan to Improve Ireland’s Health and Reduce the Burden of Obesity  A Healthy Weight for Ireland is a new policy and action plan which aims to reverse obesity trends, prevent health complications and reduce the overall burden for individuals, families, the health system and the wider society and economy.  CLICK HERE for the full article from Health Matters Winter 2016 issue  (21/12/2016)

Parents Urged to Give Children Child-Sized Portions  Portion size is a key issue in preventing children becoming overweight. How much children eat as well as what they eat is very important. Kids need child-sized portions, not adult ones. Read tips on reducing portion sizes for kids. Don’t pressure children to eat all the food on their plate and allow them to stop when they say ‘I’ve had enough’.  CLICK HERE for the full article from Health Matters Winter 2016 issue  (21/12/2016)

St Finbarr’s Hospital in Cork a Hive of Activity  Since 2014, a small staff health and wellbeing group have been working closely to implement some important initiatives aimed, particularly, at reducing sedentary behaviour among staff.  Initiatives include a re-vamped 'Walkways to Health' 1km walking path, staff lunchtime walking groups, a communal staff bike scheme, an outdoor gym during lunchtime hours and an active staff choir that meet weekly at lunchtime.  CLICK HERE for the full article from Health Matters Winter 2016 issue.  (21/12/2016)

Being Physically Active During the Winter Season  Colm Casey, Physical Activity Co-ordinator, shares some tips. Do your best to accumulate 10,000 steps per day.  Set up a home or office gym by buying some inexpensive equipment such as kettlebells or exercise bands and design a simple exercise circuit.  Join a local gym or fitness studio and avail of the wide range of classes available in the community.  Look for gear that covers the whole body and keeps you warm, dry and allows perspiration to evaporate.  Wear high visibility and reflective garments that can reflect from the front, sides and behind while exercising outdoors.  CLICK HERE for the full article from Health Matters Winter 2016 issue.  (21/12/2016)

Irish Heart Foundation Workplace Awards 2016  The annual Irish Heart Foundation Workplace Awards recognise the successes of staff who have achieved key markers in healthy eating and physical activity in the workplace.  Staff from all over the country and from various health care and administrative disciplines attend various training days run by the Irish Heart Foundation.  The common goal is to seek support and guidance on how to get their staff more motivated to be active at work.  CLICK HERE for the full article from Health Matters Winter 2016 issue.  (21/12/2016)

Hospital Walks Website Launched  A new website was launched in early September 2016 to highlight accessible walking routes for staff, visitors and patients on the grounds of Galway University Hospital and Merlin Park University Hospital in Galway City.  These hospital walks are colour coded and measured in relation to step count, distance in kilometres and duration-walking at a modest pace.  By changing the work environment to include accessible walking routes, we can help to raise awareness of the many benefits of physical activity to ones health and wellbeing.  CLICK HERE for the full article from Health Matters Winter 2016 issue.  (21/12/2016)

Breastfeeding Support  The HSE has expanded its online breastfeeding supports.  If you are working with clients who may be thinking of becoming pregnant or who are pregnant or if you or a family member are pregnant, you can get support and information on breastfeeding.ie.  The new supports include e-mailing your question to a Lactation Consultant via the Ask our Expert service or through Webchat,  a new HSE Breastfeeding Facebook page and breastfeeding support videos featuring health care professionals and parents of breastfeeding babies.  CLICK HERE for the full article from Health Matters Winter 2016 issue.  (21/12/2016)

Healthy Eating for Life Resources Launched  The HSE welcomes the new Healthy Eating for Life resources that were launched on Tuesday 6th December 2016 by Minister for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy.  The new guidelines and resources will provide practical support for individuals and families to make healthier food choices and to ultimately improve their health and wellbeing.  CLICK HERE for the full article on the HSE website


November 2016

UCD/HSE Report Finds Differences in Obesity Risk Factors  There are significant differences in risk factors contributing to childhood obesity among children attending schools in disadvantaged areas compared to pupils attending other schools, according to a HSE-commissioned report by the National Nutrition Surveillance Centre (NNSC) at University College Dublin.  CLICK HERE for the full article on the HSE website


October 2016

Second Healthy Ireland Survey Summary Report Launched  The second annual Healthy Ireland Survey of 7,500 people aged 15 and over living in Ireland gives an up-to-date picture of the health of the nation and reports on many lifestyle behaviours such as smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity, diet and mental health.  CLICK HERE to read the Department of Health Press Release

Physical Activity: Prescription for a Wonder Drug Report Launched  The Report calls on doctors and other healthcare professionals to start proactively prescribing physical activity as part of any treatment plan for their patients.  The Report also makes recommendations on a number of other matters to encourage and support people living in Ireland to be more physically active.  CLICK HERE to read the Department of Health Press Release

Breastfeeding.ie Website  The recently launched breastfeeding.ie website is proving a huge success already as over 57,000 users search for answers to their breastfeeding questions on the website.  CLICK HERE to read the HSE Press Release during National Breastfeeding Week.  In addition to this Press Release,  CLICK HERE for an article in Health Matters Autumn 2016 issue.


September 2016

HSE Welcomes New National Obesity Policy and Action Plan  Minister for Health, Simon Harris has launched the Healthy Weight for Ireland – Obesity Policy and Action plan 2016 – 2025.  The HSE welcomes the Policy and Action Plan which sets out a clear road map for a population-wide response to halt the rising levels of overweight and obesity in Ireland.  CLICK HERE for the full article on the HSE website.

Childhood Obesity  Research funded by safefood found that over 40% of parents are giving their children treats like crisps, chocolates and sweets at least once a day or more, with the majority of parents (73%) not considering that giving them daily is a treat at all.  The research was carried out as part of safefood’s three-year campaign, supported by the HSE, to tackle the everyday habits which can lead to childhood obesity.  CLICK HERE for the full article in Health Matters Autumn 2016 issue.

Folic Acid  safefood encourages sexually active women who could become pregnant to take folic acid daily.  safefood, supported by the HSE and partners Spinda Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland, ran a campaign this summer highlighting the importance of taking a folic acid supplement daily, aimed at sexually active women, irrespective of whether they are planning a pregnancy or not.  CLICK HERE for the full article in Health Matters Autumn 2016 issue.


Spring 2016

Irish Heart Foundation Workplace Awards 2015  Employers who encourage and promote a healthy workplace can improve productivity, cut down on absenteeism through sickness and help combat the growth of obesity in Irish people.  Through workplace initiatives such as the Irish Heart Foundation’s Healthy Eating and Active@Work Awards, Irish businesses are fighting back against the World Health Organisation’s prediction that by 2030 Ireland will be the most obese nation in Europe.  CLICK HERE for the full article on the HSE website.  In addition, CLICK HERE for the full article in Health Matters Autumn 2016 issue.

Review of Nutrition and Hydration Care in Public Acute Hospitals  The first of its kind, this review uses the National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare to assess how public acute hospitals are ensuring that patient’s nutrition and hydration needs are being adequately assessed, managed and evaluated.  CLICK HERE for the full article on the HSE website 

Health Behaviours in School Children (HBSC) Survey 2014  The results of this survey show encouraging findings on the consumption of fruit and vegetables, teeth cleaning, and a drop in smoking levels and consumption of sweets and soft drinks.  CLICK HERE for the full article in Health Matters Spring 2016 issue.

Healthy Ireland Healthy Teams & Calorie Posting  Last year, 19 HSE sites were awarded the Healthy Eating Award and five hospitals received the Active @ Work award at a ceremony hosted by the HSE on behalf of the Irish Heart Foundation in Dr Steevens’ Hospital. CLICK HERE for the full article in Health Matters Winter 2015 issue.

Nourish Programme Serves to Support HSE Staff  More than one in four patients admitted to our acute hospitals are affected by malnutrition.  Older patients, vulnerable surgical patients and patients with cancer are particularly at risk.


Autumn 2015

Healthy Ireland Survey Results  The first ever Healthy Ireland Survey has given us the most up-to-date picture of the health of the nation in the last eight years.  The survey, which includes lifestyle factors like smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity, diet and mental wellbeing, was conducted among 7,500 people aged 15 and over.  CLICK HERE for the full article in Health Matters Winter 2015 issue.

Strength to Strength: On the Right Lifestyle Path  Four years have passed since the Primary Care Team in Án Stáisiun Sláinte Primary Care Centre, led by Raymond Smith, Senior Physiotherapist in Primary Care, sat down together to devise ways of helping the people in Dundalk manage their health.  Many years of hard work, research, pilot programmes and dedication from the staff have resulted in the implementation of the weight and lifestyle management programme.  CLICK HERE for the full article in Health Matters Winter 2015 issue.

Healthy Ireland - A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013 - 2025  The Healthy Ireland (HI) Framework was adopted by the Irish Government in 2013 in response to Ireland’s changing health and wellbeing profile.  HI is a Government action plan that involves every part of Irish society in improving our health and wellbeing.  The HSE has published Healthy Ireland in the Health Services’ – National Implementation Plan 2015 – 2017 for the Healthy Ireland Framework which specifically focuses on the HSE, our workforce, our services and the people to whom we provide services. CLICK HERE to download a copy of Healthy Ireland - A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013-2025.


Spring 2015

Healthy Vending – The Choice is Yours  The HSE has just adopted an important new national Policy on Healthy Vending Services in our hospitals and health facilities nationwide.  CLICK HERE for the full article in Health Matters Spring 2015 issue.

Get Moving The Easy Way  Jim Gorman, HSE Physical Activity Co-ordinator, gives us some invaluable tips about seeing off the winter blues and springing into action.  CLICK HERE for the full article from Health Matters Spring 2015 issue.

Tackling Obesity  With childhood obesity soaring, the HSE is leading the charge in tackling this growing problem, with a number of initiatives taking place around the country. CLICK HERE for the full article from Health Matters Spring 2015 issue.

A Course in the Right Direction  An exciting new online training programme for Primary Care Health Professionals and GP's has been launched by the National Group of HSE Physical Activity Coordinators (PAC).  Promoting Physical Activity in Primary Care, the physical activity e-module was developed in partnership with the ICGP (Irish College of General Practitioners) and in collaboration with the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine, the Irish Practice Nurses Association and Get Ireland Active.  The aim of the module is to support health professionals in routinely promoting physical activity in their professional practice.  CLICK HERE for the full article in Health Matters Spring 2015 issue.