Do you know we offer free training on the Health Well website and its web-based tools?
The training is a computer based session consisting of a presentation of the Health Well and its tools (Community Profiles, PANI, and Prevalence Tool) and a demonstration of its use in evidence informed decision making via comprehensive case studies. Participants are provided with some practical work which offers a hands-on approach thereby getting the most from the training. We offer training to those working in the area of public health, such as researchers, policy practitioners, those working in health and social services and the community and voluntary sector and also we provide training to the academic sector.
Campaign group, Action on Sugar has been called upon by the Coalition Government in the UK to address the childhood obesity crisis.
Action on Sugar has responded with a strategy document of seven critical areas of policy to prevent childhood obesity in the UK.
1. Reduce added sugars by 40% by 2020 by reformulating. 2. Cease all forms of targeted marketing of ultra-processed, unhealthy foods and drinks to children 3. Disassociate physical activity with obesity via banning junk food sports sponsorships 4. Reduce fat in ultra-processed foods, particularly saturated fat – 15% reduction by 2020 5. Limit the availability of ultra-processed foods and sweetened soft drinks as well as reducing portion size 6. Incentivise healthier food and discourage drinking of soft drinks by introducing a sugar tax 7. Remove responsibility for nutrition from the Department of Health and return it back to an independent agency
Safefood report shows high levels of public support in Ireland for obesity policy measures
This new report from Safefood looks at Irish public attitudes towards obesity policies. Results reveal a higher level of public support in Ireland for the majority of obesity policy measures when compared with other European countries, with child-related interventions most strongly favoured (92%). Dr Mary McCarthy, Principle Investigator, HRB Centre for Health and Diet Research, UCC commented that “understanding public attitudes to policy interventions designed to address obesity is critical to ensuring their success as it gauges the willingness of the public to adopt them.” There was also high support for policies such as reduced VAT rates for healthy foods and higher VAT rates for unhealthy foods (79%) and planning restrictions for fast food outlets in towns and cities (66%).
Ireland receives a D- in first ‘Physical Activity Report Card in Children and Youth’
An all-island team of researchers has produced Ireland’s first Physical Activity Report Cardrevealing that just 12% and 43% of children do enough physical activity. The Report Card collates available data related to children's physical activity levels and 'grades' the evidence using a system just like a school report card i.e. A to F. It was first developed in Canada and since then a further 14 countries have taken part, with the results launched at the Global Summit on Physical Activity of Children, on May 20th in Toronto Canada. Ireland received a D- for overall physical activity and for physical education (PE) at schools, however, Ireland still ranked in the middle of the 15 countries that have taken part. New Zealand and Mozambique lead the pack with “B” grades in overall physical activity.
Latest All Island Obesity Newsletter now available
This edition for May/June 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 the HRB Centre for Health and Diet Research (HRB CHDR). The CHDR outlines the results from the Cork Children’s Lifestyle Study (CCLaS) which investigated the wellbeing, diet and exercise levels of Cork children between April 2012 and June 2013.
New obesity guidance from NICE outlines that even modest weight loss of 3% can improve health
‘The greater the weight loss, the greater the benefit’ outlines NICE, however, this new guidance emphasises that even a modest weight loss of 3% kept off for life may improve or prevent health problems. The guidance looks at how lifestyle weight management programmes focusing on diet, activity and the way people live their lives (behaviour change) can help people who are overweight or obese to lose weight and to keep it off, and outlines key components that need to be included in these programmes for them to be effective.
Tesco announce sweet-free check-outs by the end of 2014
The Ministers for Health in Ireland and the UK, Dr James Reilly and Jane Ellison, have today welcomed the announcement by Tesco to remove sweets and chocolates from checkouts across all its stores in Ireland and the UK. Tesco Ireland chief executive Phil J Clarke said customers had “made it clear to us that removing sweets and chocolates from checkouts will help them to make healthier choices”. Minister Reilly outlined his hopes that this move by Tesco “will be the first step in a new commitment by our retail sector to help make the healthier choice the easier choice for people and their families”. Earlier this year, healthy eating watchdog Safefood urged major Irish supermarkets to introduce healthier checkouts.
Have you seen the latest Health Well Knowledge Update?
The Health Well website is an authoritative source of health-related evidence, data and good practice across the island of Ireland, incorporating a number of thematic Hubs, including Obesity, Health Inequalities, Chronic Conditions and Fuel Poverty. The Knowledge Update highlights some recent examples of information resources added to the Health Well and each of its Hubs.
ASOI Conference explores the issue of weight stigma and the barriers it creates in preventing and treating obesity
The third annual ASOI Conference was held this week in the University of Ulster, with 6 excellent speakers on the day. Prof. Andrew Hill outlined a high prevalence of ‘anti-fat attitudes’ in society and how the media can enforce such stereotypes. Dr. Jean O’ Connell then explored the physiological determinants of obesity, emphasising the complexity of the issue. Dr. Judy Swift outlined the strong evidence that healthcare professionals themselves often endorse stereotypes about obesity and the negative impact this can then have on health seeking behaviour. Vicky Mooney then spoke inspiringly from the patient’s perspective. Prof. Paulina Nowicka looked at the familial & sociocultural drivers of obesity over the life course and finally, Dr. Eilis Hennessy outlined the lessons that can be learned from childhood diseases and disabilities and the importance of tackling stigma early in life.