RCPI Policy Group on Obesity seek ban on sugary drink adverts to children and 20% tax on sugary drinks
The Royal College of Physicians Policy Group on Obesity today launched their first policy paper ‘The Race We Don’t Want to Win’. At the launch of the Report, the group said children must be protected from marketing campaigns for food and drink that contribute to obesity. They highlight Coca Cola’s “Share a Coke” campaign where individuals can search for their name on labels as wrongly targeting children and failing to meet Coca Cola’s own standards for responsible marketing. Co-chair of the policy group, Prof Donal O’Shea, said sugary drinks were a major contributor to childhood weight-gain. The Report also called for a ban on TV advertising of foods high in fat, salt and sugar up to 9pm and the outlawing of all marketing of these products to children.
The NHS has revealed new mandatory guidelines to raise standards of hospital food across the country
These new guidelines from the Hospital Food Standards Panel are legally binding and will see benefits for patients, staff and visitors. Under the changes, all patients will be checked for malnutrition, given an individual food plan and get help eating and drinking. Canteen food must also be healthy, meet guidelines on salt, sugar and fat and be sustainably sourced. In addition to the these compulsory standards, it is also recommended that all hospitals develop a food and drink policy that aims to encourage healthy eating, high-quality food production, sustainability and excellent nutritional care. Hospitals will be scored on the standard of their food, with results to be posted online on NHS Choices.
The PHE Obesity Knowledge and Intelligence team have updated a series of factsheets for 2014.
These factsheets compile up-to-date key information and data about obesity and physical activity in an easily readable format. The data factsheets will be a useful resource for policy makers and practitioners. Six factsheets updated for 2014:
Have you seen the Obesity theme on our Community Profiles Tool?
Community Profiles helps you access, understand and use local health and social care data and can be used to develop local health profiles. You can:
Create your own publication-ready tables, maps and charts of health-related indicators
Bring together details of related materials from the Health Well website.
Community Profiles utilise a set of over 200 health-related indicators that have been compiled for every local authority area (county councils and city councils) in the Republic of Ireland and every local government district in Northern Ireland. The indicators, covering a wide range of public health issues, are grouped into themes including Obesity.
Postgraduate Certificate in Health Promotion - Approaches to Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes Prevention
This new Postgraduate Certificate in Health Promotion awarded by NUI Galway, with a named pathway in Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes Prevention is closing for applications on 22nd August. This exciting programme is a distance education programme delivered by NUI Galway in collaboration with Croí, Diabetes Ireland and the Irish Heart Foundation. This interdisciplinary programme is aimed at professionals with a range of backgrounds (e.g. nursing, public health, general practice, pharmacy, nutrition and exercise sciences) who wish to develop knowledge, skills and competencies in the principles and practice of health promotion as applied to the promotion of cardiovascular health and the prevention of type 2 diabetes.
Food poverty is about the inability to access an affordable ‘healthy’ diet. The main drivers of food poverty include low incomes, affordability, availability, poor education levels, and poor living standards. Therefore households with insufficient financial resources are at risk of food poverty. IPH has examined household food and non-food spending data from CSO’s Household budget surveys to describe how food poverty risk has changed between 2004/05 and 2009/10 in Republic of Ireland households. This work was recently presented in poster format at the 5th annual Conference of the UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence in Leeds entitled “Food Poverty Trends in the Republic of Ireland”.
IPH Open Conference 2014 final call for proposals – deadline 15th August 2014
The 3rd Public Health Open Conference which will take place on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 in the Titanic, Belfast. The programme will be suggested and developed by you, the participants, through online registration. We invite people from all sectors North and South, to submit proposals for oral presentation at this dynamic, informal, free public health event in line with the themes listed below:
Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing
Public Health Approaches to Poverty
Research, Policy, Practice Cycle – Closing the Gap
World Breastfeeding Week 2014 runs from August 1st to 7th. The theme this year is ‘Breastfeeding: a winning goal for life!’ and aims to assert the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding - in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) countdown, and beyond.
Public Health England is calling on people to measure and monitor their waistline to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
Public Health England (PHE) has today released a report entitled ‘adult obesity and type 2 diabetes’ containing new analysis showing that men who have a large waist circumference of over 102cm (40.2 inches) are 5 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Women with a large waist circumference of over 88cm (34.7 inches) are 3 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Currently 90% of adults with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese and the prevalence of both obesity and diabetes are on the increase. Being overweight or obese is the main avoidable risk factor for type 2 diabetes so PHE are encouraging a healthy diet and lifestyle.