• Healthy Ireland – A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing

    Posted on October 25, 2013 by in News Updates

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    Healthy Ireland’ is a new national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of our country over the coming generation. It reflects the international experience of a new commitment to public health with a focus on prevention.

    Healthy Ireland takes a “whole of Government” and “whole of society” approach to improving health and wellbeing.

    Vision

    A Healthy Ireland, where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential, where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility

    Goals

    • Increase the proportion of people who are healthy at all stages of life
    • Reduce health inequalities
    • Protect the public from threats to health and wellbeing
    • Create an environment where every individual and sector of society can play their part in achieving a healthy Ireland

    Actions underway include

    • establishment of a high level cross-sectoral steering group to provide strategic direction and monitor progress,
    • development a National Plan for Physical Activity which will focus on operational issues to encourage greater participation in, and greater recognition of the importance of, physical activity,
    • launching of a communications campaign to address childhood obesity which is targeted at parents and carers of children aged up to 12,
    • development of an Outcomes Framework and a Research and Data Plan,
    • implementation plan for the National Positive Ageing Strategy is in development,

    Latest news:

    On 21 October 2013, a three year, all island campaign by safefood in partnership with the HSE and Healthy Ireland was launched to remind parents about the negative health impacts of excess weight in childhood and how this can impact on a child’s quality of life. For more information, please see www.safefood.eu/lets-beat-childhood-obesity

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