HSE Talking Health and Wellbeing Podcast, Episode 50 – Gut Health

In this 50th podcast episode, Geraldine Sexton, a HSE Senior Project Dietitian, from the HSE Healthy Eating Active Living Programme, talks about the importance of having a healthy gut. She encourages us to think about how to expand our plant based diet, with tips and tricks for young and old people who may not like plant foods. Geraldine also addresses common misconceptions about our digestive health. Finally talking about how Gut Health can play a significant role in our 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.


Effective Communications on Child Health and Obesity Webinar

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In case you missed our recent Effective Communications on Child Health and Obesity Webinar or would like to watch it back, you can access it here.

 This webinar, hosted by Sarah O’Brien, National Lead, Healthy Eating & Active Living Programme, HSE Health & Wellbeing, with Presenter Sophie Gordon, Principal Communications Strategist, Frameworks UK, launched the New Communications Guide for talking about children’s health and obesity.

In association with the National Healthy Childhood Programme.


20 years since Ireland banned smoking indoors

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Tomorrow, Friday 29 March, marks the 20th anniversary since the government introduced the Public Health (Tobacco) Act banning smoking in all workplaces, bars and restaurants. Since 2004, smoking in Ireland has reduced from 27% to 18%, with 800,000 people having stopped smoking in that time, saving countless lives in the process.

The HSE Quit service provides personalised, evidence-based plans, tailored to each person’s needs. For more information and support visit Quit.ie or call the Freephone Quitline 1800 201 203



Steps to Health challenge 2024


The Steps to Health encourages staff to increase their physical activity levels to improve their physical and mental health. The challenge will take place for 5 weeks, from May 13th – June 16th, and registration opens tomorrow, Friday 22th March.

Want to participate?

  • Form a team of between 2 and 10 participants
  • Choose a team co-ordinator and a team name
  • Register your team online
  • Use a tracking device to count your steps during the challenge
  • If you have restricted mobility or are a wheelchair user, measure your physical activity levels using tracking devices or an app on your phone

Visit hse.ie/stepschallenge for more information.

 Stress Control Programme – Two weeks left


There are two more weeks left of the HSE Stress Control online programme, please share and promote with your staff and to the public. The online HSE Stress Control programme helps people to learn about and recognise stressors and signs of stress in their own lives, including the effect stress can have on thoughts, behaviour, and the body. It teaches skills to reduce stress and boost wellbeing through various relaxation methods.

For more information visit www.stresscontrol.ie


Save the date – NUIG Health Promotion Conference 13th June 2024

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 The call is now open for the submission of abstracts that address the conference theme and objectives, with a goal of attracting researchers, practitioners, policy makers and other interested parties. This year we are seeking abstracts for oral presentations, lightning talks and poster presentations. Closing date for abstract submission is Monday 8th April, 2024, link to Abstract Submission Form here.

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