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HEAL News

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September 2018

Steps to Health Challengers Get Creative

The HSE Steps to Health National Project Team would like to say a big thank you to all of the 467 teams and 6,534 participants who took part in this year's Steps to Health Challenge.  Teams from all over the country were feeling the benefits of moving more and aiming for 10,000 steps each and every day.  

Read Steps to Health Challengers Get Creative (24/9/2018)

START to be Active

START is a campaign created with parents, for parents.  When we were developing the campaign, we met parents and they told us they have a rough idea of what they should do in terms of their child's health but the reality of everyday life gets in the way of doing this. 

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 & 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.  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

Read Keep Healthy and Eat Healthy 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 

Download the Get Ireland Walking Strategy & Action Plan 2017 - 2020 (pdf) (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 

Read the Department of Health Press Release (25/9/2017)  

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  

Read Steps to Health Challenge a Huge Success from Health Matters Summer 2017

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

Read Healthy Food for Life from the Health Matters Summer 2017 issue (31/7/2017)  

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  

Read Sligo University Hospital Launches Calorie Posting Policy 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.

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  

Download the COSI Report (4/5/2017)   

Read the COSI Report Launch 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

Read New Walking Route in Cork City 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.  

Read HSE Staff Feel the Love and Get Walking 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.  

Read Eat for Health 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.  

Read 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.  

Read Plan to Improve Ireland’s Health and Reduce the Burden of Obesity 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’.  

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.  

Read St Finbarr’s Hospital in Cork a Hive of Activity  (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.

Read Being Physically Active During the Winter Season   (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.  

Read 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.

Read Hospital Walks Website Launched article  (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.  

Read the Breastfeeding Support 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.  

Read the Healthy Eating for Life Resources Launch 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.

Read UCD/HSE Report Finds Differences in Obesity Risk Factors