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    A whole systems approach to obesity prevention: a rapid synthesis of evidence to inform the Northern Ireland Obesity Prevention Strategy Policy Project Board
    (Institute of Public Health in Ireland, 2023-01-26) G. Breslin ; W. Wills ; L. McGowan ; J.B. Mack ; C.M.E. Reynolds ; H. McAvoy
    A holistic or ‘whole systems approach’ to obesity prevention could offer a more effective means of tackling high, unequal and increasing levels of obesity in Northern Ireland. That’s according to a new report examining best international evidence and case studies of this approach, developed by researchers at the Institute of Public Health, Ulster University, Queen’s University Belfast, and University of Hertfordshire for the Department of Health. The report comes as the Department of Health prepares to draft a new obesity prevention strategy this year to replace its predecessor, ‘A Fitter Future for All 2012-22’. The latest data shows that one in four adults (27%) and around one in 16 children (6%) are living with obesity in Northern Ireland. Official data further shows that the development of obesity is strongly linked to deprivation status. Between 2011/12 and 2018/19, one in three (36%) Primary Year 1 children living in the most deprived areas were more likely to have overweight or obesity compared to those living in the least deprived areas, representing a 12% increase since 2011/12 (24%). Obesity increases the risk of developing chronic disease, such as colon cancer, high blood pressure, or type 2 diabetes, and is linked to substantial direct and indirect costs – estimated to be of the order of £370 million in Northern Ireland in 2009.
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    Consultation Response: Review of Alcohol Licensing in Ireland
    (Institute of Public Health in Ireland, 2022-01-22) Institute of Public Health in Ireland
    The Institute of Public Health in Ireland The Institute of Public Health informs public policy to support healthier populations in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Set up in 1998, the Institute is jointly funded by the Departments of Health in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Our key priorities are promoting health and wellbeing, improving health equity, and reducing health inequalities. We work to achieve these by focusing on Evidence, Policy and Partnership. The Institute has a team of public health and policy development specialists based in Dublin and Belfast. The Institute of Public Health chairs and provides the secretariat for the North South Alcohol Policy Advisory Group (NSAPAG) was established in 2013 at the request of the Chief Medical Officers in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The aim of the NSAPAG is to contribute to reducing alcohol-related harm on the island of Ireland. The NSAPAG seeks to strengthen all- island alcohol initiatives, develop opportunities for North South cooperation on alcohol and identify policy solutions and other measures to improve the legislative and regulatory arrangements impacting on supply and use of alcohol. Membership comprises representatives from government departments, academia, professional bodies and healthcare delivery agencies. Previous events, reports and outputs of the NSAPAG can be found at
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    Draft Regulations for Providers of Home Support Services: An Overview of the Findings of the Department of Health’s Public Consultation
    (Department of Health, 2023-01-23) Sheehan, A. ; O’Sullivan R.
    The public consultation on the draft regulations opened on 16 June 2022 and closed on 04 August 2022, and was undertaken to inform the development of the legislation for Providers of Home Support Services. Over 200 responses were received from individuals and stakeholder-organisations. The report on the findings of the public consultation was prepared by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland.
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    Putting health at the heart of our climate response
    (eolas, 2023-01-06) Institute of Public Health in Ireland
    Human health needs to be at the heart of our response to the unfolding climate crisis if we are to succeed in limiting the significant risks to population health. That was the main message to emerge at a major all-island conference on climate change and health in November 2022. The Joint Public Health Conference on 30 November 2022 attracted close to 1,000 health professionals, researchers, policymakers, and NGOs from across the island and beyond to consider the implications and risks of climate change to our health. In the wake of COP27, the one-day conference provided a timely opportunity to cast a health lens on the global climate crisis, which has the potential to exacerbate existing health inequalities on the island of Ireland and amplify the pressures on our health and social care systems.
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    How climate change impacts our health
    (eolas, 2023-01-06) Institute of Public Health in Ireland
    Climate change is the single greatest challenge of the 21st century, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It is not limited to impacts on the environment but has direct and indirect effects on our health and everyday lives. The direct effects are many. Across the globe, extreme heat, rising sea levels, floods, droughts, and storms have already led to tens of thousands of deaths every year. The roots of the climate crisis are also exacerbating another public health issue, air pollution. It accounts for approximately seven million premature deaths worldwide every year and is a major risk factor for diseases, including heart disease, lung disease, and stroke.