HSE Health and Wellbeing Weekly Update 30/05/2024

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Special Olympics Ireland – Episode 59, HSE Talking Health & Wellbeing Podcast

In this week’s HSE Talking Health and Wellbeing Podcast, we speak with Special Olympics Ireland Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, Dr. Kathy Fulcher, and Jonathan Deering, a volunteer, advocate and past participant, about Special Olympics Ireland’s role in providing sports and health opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. We discuss the organisation’s year-round sports programs and the importance of volunteers in supporting athletes and delivering health education, highlighting the health and wellbeing programme, which includes health screenings and education to address health disparities. We also hear about the Strong Minds, Happier Lives programme developed with Mental Health Ireland, focusing on mental wellbeing and providing athletes with tools and strategies to manage stress, emphasising the importance of inclusive health projects and the positive effects of sports on mental health.

Please leave us a review on your chosen podcast channel or on the HSE Health and Wellbeing YouTube channel to promote the content to others who are interested in the area, and to get in touch with the podcast email Healthandwellbeing.communications@hse.ie.


World No Tobacco Day 2024

 Tomorrow, Friday 31 May, is World No Tobacco Day and the theme of this year’s event is Youth step in and speak out . The day will give a platform to young people across the world, who are urging governments to shield them from predatory tobacco marketing tactics. The industry targets youth for a lifetime of profits, creating a new wave of addiction. Children are using e-cigarettes at rates higher than adults in all regions and globally an estimated 37 million youth aged 13–15 years use tobacco. We are supporting the World Health Organisation (WHO) campaign, further information is available from the WHO page: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-no-tobacco-day/2024. Please use and follow the #TobaccoExposed for the campaign.


Why Chronic Disease Prevention Works! Making Every Contact Count (MECC) Webinar


 In case you missed our Why Chronic Disease Prevention Works! Making Every Contact Count (MECC) Webinar, you can watch it back here. Thanks to all who made it happen on the day and appreciate the very positive feedback received on the mix of speakers and settings highlighted as part of MECC implementation.


The purpose of this webinar was to highlight the critical role that chronic disease prevention plays in achieving better health outcomes for patients and to demonstrate the power of MECC, we showcased the positive impact on patients when staff deliver brief interventions as part of their routine care through a series of presentations and videos. The webinar also showcased examples of MECC making a difference across various healthcare settings.


For further information you can listen to the HSE Talking Health and Wellbeing Podcast – Making Every Contact Count Episode and visit www.makingeverycontactcount.ie.


Creative Health and Wellbeing in the Community

 The Creative Ireland Programme is an all-of-government culture and wellbeing programme. A key focus of this programme is to embed creativity across public policy through working in partnership with the Department of Health (Healthy Ireland), the HSE and The Arts Council to demonstrate how creativity, be it through performing or visual arts, culture, and heritage-based activities, promotes positive health and wellbeing.

To progress this, on Wednesday 22nd May, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin T.D. announced over €1.2 million in grant funding for projects that support Health and Wellbeing through Creativity. This includes €1m for 15 projects across 11 Local Authorities, including 4 with a shared island dimension. There is also €0.2m co-funded with Department of Health for 11 Live Music in Residential Healthcare Settings projects. The HSE are a key partner in these projects.

  • Philip Crowley, HSE National Director of Strategy and Research, represented the HSE at the launch and acknowledged the importance of creativity for health and wellbeing, and the value of working in partnership with Creative Ireland and The Arts Council to continue to expand arts and health across the HSE for the benefit of our patients, staff and visitors.

For a full press release on this announcement please click here.



Men’s Health Week Webinar

Join us at the start of Men’s Health Week on Monday 10 June, 11.30am – 12.30pm, for an uplifting webinar with special guest Rob Kearney. Register here.

Other speakers include Dr. Alan Smith from the HSE National Screening Service and Dr. Noel Richardson from the National Centre for Men’s Health in SETU. The theme for Men’s Health Week this year is ‘Know Your Numbers’ so we will be highlighting some important numbers and statistics for men’s health. Please share with invite with the men in your life, with the men in your service with anyone you know working with or seeking to work with men.


Healthy Weight for Children Webinar

You are invited to the HSE Healthy Weight for Children Webinar on the Wednesday 19 June, 11am to 12:30pm. This virtual event will update the audience on the latest weight trends in primary school children, include a panel discussion on how to support parents to talk to their children about their health and weight, and an update on the latest Healthy Weight for Children Action Plan. It will be co-hosted by: Sarah O’Brien, Healthy Eating Active Living Programme Lead, HSE Health & Wellbeing and Dr. Abigail Collins, Clinical Lead for the National Healthy Childhood Programme.

Join us to hear more about:


  • Findings from the Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) round 6
  • How to support parents to talk to their children about health and weight
  • The development of the Healthy Weight for Children Action Plan 2024-2028


If you are a healthcare professional, a researcher, or policymaker in child health, register for this webinar today here.

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