Presentations from IPH Open Conference 2014 now available
The 3rd Public Health Open Conference took place on Tuesday, 14th October in Titanic, Belfast. The programme was suggested and developed by participants; through online registration and the Conference aimed to provide an open platform to:
showcase multidisciplinary work in public health
provide opportunities for partnership working
assist with personal development/capacity building in public health
Latest All Island Obesity Newsletter now available
This edition for September/October is once again packed full with news, events, research updates and training opportunities. The first section contains information directly submitted by Forum members including a spotlight piece from Safefood as part of the latest phase of the campaign to take on childhood obesity. For this phase, #LetsSayNO, Safefood is calling on parents to reduce the number of crisps, sweets and biscuits given to children and go for healthier snacks instead. This edition also contains details of the next workshop which will be held on the 11th November 2014 in Dublin and will focus on the marketing of foods and drinks to children on the island of Ireland and explore their understanding of these messages.
Family Farming is the focus of World Food Day 2014
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations marks World Food Day each year on 16 October, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945. The 2014 World Food Day theme - Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” - has been chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers. It focuses world attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas. The UN General Assembly has designated 2014 “International Year of Family Farming.” This is a strong signal that the international community recognizes the important contribution of family farmers to world food security.
Disseminating good practice in physical activity & nutrition interventions across the island of Ireland & Britain: The role of the PANI Tool
This poster was presented at the IPH Open Conference in Belfast on 14th October and received a commendation from the judges. The Physical Activity and Nutrition Intervention (PANI) Tool is a web-based tool hosted on the Health Well website. The PANI Tool helps policy makers and practitioners identify and critically compare physical activity and nutrition interventions from across the island of Ireland and Britain based on details of their delivery, development, evaluation and perceived effectiveness. The tool currently contains approximately 300 interventions. The most recent user statistics for Quarter 2 of this year 2014 show approximately 1,200 sessions recorded, equating to approximately 100 sessions per working week.
New guide to online tools for valuing physical activity, sport and obesity programmes developed by PHE Obesity Team
There have been a number of online tools published recently by the Public Health England (PHE) Obesity Knowledge and Intelligence Team that help the user to perform calculations to make the case for investment in the promotion of physical activity and/or the prevention of obesity. The purpose of this briefing is to summarise the available online tools and provide guidance on which tool to use in which situation. The briefing is written primarily for practitioners working in local authorities who may wish to make an assessment of health benefits in order to guide planning and investment decisions. This is likely to include health and social care professionals; sport and physical activity providers and planners; transport professionals; and academics.
The Social Research Association (Ireland) and Ipsos MRBI to host free seminar on ‘Establishing a Health and Nutrition Study’
Special guest on the day will be Sam Clemens who was involved in the establishment of The National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) Rolling Programme administered in the UK since 2006. NDNS is designed to assess the diet, nutrient intake and nutritional status of the general population. It involves in-home face-to-face interviews with up to two people per household, and a detailed four-day food diary is completed by participants. The interviewer measures height and weight and other anthropometric data is recorded. Sam will discuss getting started, the challenges and lessons learnt including the ethical issues of taking blood from young children. The event will take place from 9am-10am on Wednesday 15th October in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel, Dublin 2.
October is International Walk to School Month (IWALK)
October is International Walk to School Month (IWALK) and over 40 countries will be encouraging children to ditch the school run! Also taking place during the month is International Walk to School Day on 8th October 2014 and IWALK Week from 6th -10th October 2014. So there's lots of opportunity to get involved. The Health Well’s Community Profiles Tool contains data on the different ways children from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland travel to school, either by foot, bike or car. This data is broken down into themes for those aged 5-12 years (Middle Childhood) and those aged 13-19 (Adolescence and Early Adulthood).
Report from the Irish Sports Council shows numbers participating in sports has risen
According to the latest annual Irish Sports Monitor Report from the Irish Sports Council, participation in sport has risen from 44.8% to 47.2%. This last figure is equivalent to almost 1.7 million Irish adults participating in sport regularly, with over 45% of those playing sports meeting the National Physical Activity Guidelines. The trend towards individual sports continues in the 2013 study with almost four times as many people participating in individual sports (41.5%) than team based activities (10.9%) with personal exercise now the most popular sporting activity for both genders. Encouragingly, there was an increase seen in females participating in sport increasing by 3.7% to 42.7%, resulting in a narrowing of the gender gap in participation.
HSE National Breastfeeding Week 1st – 7th October 2014
This year on National Breastfeeding Week, the HSE is reminding mums and mothers-to-be that: ‘Every Breastfeed Makes a Difference’. Breastfeeding protects against a number of infections and diseases, and in relation to obesity, Irish research has shown that children breastfed for 3-6 months have a 38% less risk of obesity at age nine while breastfeeding for six months or longer leads to a 51% reduction. Figures for 2012 showed that five out of every 10 babies born in Ireland were being breastfed on leaving hospital. This compares with eight out of every 10 in the UK, and nine out of every 10 babies born are breastfed on average across Europe. The HSE are working to bring Irish figures in line with our European counterparts.
Safefood is urging parents to cut down on treat foods for kids
In the latest phase of its campaign to take on childhood obesity, Safefood is calling on parents to reduce the number of crisps, sweets and biscuits given to children and go for healthier snacks instead. Research indicates that approximately 1 in 4 primary school children are overweight or obese and the prevalence of excess weight is also beginning earlier in childhood, with 6% of 3 year olds currently being obese. The campaign will feature on television and poster advertising and will also be supported on the Safefood website which offers practical tips, advice and support for parents who want to start saying no to treats more often, and advice from health experts on healthy eating and how to be more active