Reports

Healthy Ireland Survey 2017 Summary of Findings

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This report provides an overview of results from the third wave of the Healthy Ireland Survey, an annual interviewer administered face-to-face survey commissioned by the Department of Health.  The third wave consists of 7,487 interviews conducted with a representative sample of the population aged 15 and older living in Ireland.


Nutritional Standards for School Meals, 2017

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Good nutrition for children is a key priority for the Department of Health and is recognised as an early action in the National Obesity Policy and Action Plan towards implementing a “whole of school” approach to healthy lifestyle programmes, driven by a partnership between the Department of Health and the
Department of Education and Skills to ensure that the curriculum as well as a school’s environment and policies support our children and young people to more confidently make healthier choices. The Department of Education and Skills DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) Plan 2017 provides for a cross-department collaboration to support the implementation of Nutrition Standards for School Meals.


Healthy Ireland Survey 2016 Summary of Findings

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An annual survey of 7,500 people aged 15 and over living in Ireland which gives an up-to-date picture of the health of the nation. Reports on many lifestyle behaviours such as smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity, diet and mental health.


The Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) in the Republic of Ireland: Descriptives of Childhood Obesity Risk Factors, 2016

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This report details the findings from the analysis of the Family Questionnaire carried out in 2010 and 2012 as part of the COSI Report 2014. The Family Questionnaire was designed to collect data on possible predictors of childhood obesity – child’s diet, physical activity pattern, their family’s socioeconomic characteristics and co-morbidities. The analysis includes a comparison between those attending DEIS schools and other schools.


Tackling Food Marketing to Children in a Digital World: Trans-Disciplinary Perspectives, WHO 2016

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Provides up-to-date information on the marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages to children and the changes that have occurred in recent years, focusing in particular on the major shift to digital marketing. It examines trends in media use among children, marketing methods in the new digital media landscape and children’s engagement with such marketing.


Physical Activity: Prescription for a Wonder Drug, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland policy Statement, 2016

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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. 


Who's Feeding the Kids Online? 2016

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Ireland restricts HFSS broadcast advertising to under 18's.  This report, prepared by the Irish Heart Foundation, looks at how some companies are targeting children using social media sites to advertise their products.


HIQA Report of the Review of Nutrition and Hydration Care in Public Acute Hospitals, 2016

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This report presents the findings of a monitoring programme conducted by HIQA between July 2015 and April 2016. The monitoring programme looked at nutrition and hydration care of patients in Irish hospitals. In July 2015 HIQA sent self assessment questionnaires to forty-two hospitals asking questions about nutrition and hydration care for patients, HIQA then carried out unannounced inspections in 13 of these hospitals.

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Healthy Ireland Survey 2015 Summary of Findings

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An annual survey of 7,500 people aged 15 and over living in Ireland which gives an up-to-date picture of the health of the nation. Reports on many lifestyle behaviours such as smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity, diet and mental health.


Sport Ireland Irish Sports Monitor (ISM) Annual Report, 2015

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Provides information on active participation in sport and recreational walking, club membership, volunteering and attendance at sporting events as well as information about walking and cycling for transport. It is based on based on telephone interviews conducted throughout the year (April 2015 – April 2016) with 8,540 adults aged 16 and over in the Republic of Ireland.


National Adult Nutrition Survey Summary Report on Food and Nutrient intakes, Physical Measurements, Physical Activity Patterns and Food Choice Motives, 2011

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This summary report investigated habitual food and beverage consumption, lifestyle, health indicators and attitudes to food and health in a  representative  sample  (n=1500)  of  adults  aged  18  years and  over  in  the Republic  of  Ireland  during  2008-2010.   The extensive electronic database which has been compiled from this survey is the most complete and up-to-date collection of food  consumption  data  available  for  adults  in  Ireland.  It represents  a  very  valuable  resource,  which  will  be  used  by agencies  concerned  with  public  health  policy  and  planning and  consumer  health  protection  in  Ireland  and  Europe  and by the food industry.


The Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study, 2010

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The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study describes health behaviours in children aged between 9 and 18 years. It tells us what young people think about health and personal behaviours; how they perceive harm and threats to their health and wellbeing; and how these perceptions influence their decision making and choices. This information will be used to inform policy development.


The Children’s Sport Participation and Physical Activity Study, 2010

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A cross-sectional study that used self-report surveys, objective measures of physical activity and qualitative interviews to assess participation in physical activity, physical education, extra-curricular and extra-school sport among 10-18 year olds. The information collected will provide guidance to the development of policy in the areas of health, sport, education, transport and the environment all of which have important roles to play in getting Irish children more active more often.