Think Brain Health: Discover how healthy behaviours support your incredible brain webinar

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We recently hosted our Think Brain Health: Discover how healthy behaviours support your incredible brain webinar, which was live streamed last week (Wednesday 24th January). In case you missed it, or wish to watch it back, you can access it here.

During this webinar, which was hosted by HSE Healthy Ireland and the National Dementia Office, Sarah Mc Cormack, HSE Healthy Ireland Lead, Health & Wellbeing was joined by expert panellists to discuss our brain and the healthy behaviours we can adopt to look after it. Topics covered included physical activity, healthy eating, sleep, social connectivity, avoiding harmful use of alcohol and not smoking.

We had high engagement from our audience on the day, and received very positive feedback following the webinar.

03:35 Dr Seán O’Dowd, Consultant Neurologist, Tallaght University Hospital; and Clinical Lead, National Dementia Services
14:05 Panellist discussion with Professor Brian Lawlor, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry and Site Director of Global Brian Health Institute, Trinity College Dublin, Catherine Blake, Dean and Head of the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, University College Dublin, Dr Seán O’Dowd, Consultant Neurologist, Tallaght University Hospital; and Clinical Lead, National Dementia Services & Cathy McHale, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Institute of Memory & Cognition, Tallaght University Hospital
44:38 Q&A with Paul Maloney, Programme Manager, National Dementia Services, Services for Older People, Change & Innovation, HSE
54:14 Panellist take-home message

As promised, please find links to information, resources and supports to help adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle behaviours below:

• A variety of booklets, leaflets and resources can be downloaded/ordered from, which includes The ‘Know Your Numbers Card’, a useful reminder for you to get to know more about key numbers that influence your health and wellbeing (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugars, body mass index, waist measurement, alcohol, healthy eating and active living)

Physical Activity
Physical Activity Guidelines
HSE Free Online Yoga, Pilates and Strength and Conditioning exercise videos

Healthy Eating
• Information on making healthy choices; planning and preparing food, including portion sizes.
101 Square Meals Recipe Book: Easy-to-prepare, low-budget, tasty and nutritious recipes.

Quitting Smoking
For free support to help you quit smoking:
• Visit
• Call 1800 201 203
• Email
• Free text QUIT to 50100

Avoiding Harmful Use of Alcohol
• For resources, including a directory of local supports and counselling services, a ‘Self-Assessment Tool’ and ‘Drinks Calculator’ visit

Mental Health and Wellbeing
• Information and resources for the public available on
• Resources available on under the ‘Mental Health’ topic.

• Learn tips for better sleep.

Community Supports and Social Connection
• Social prescribing is about making contact with a range of non-clinical community supports which can have significant benefits for their overall health and wellbeing. Visit for a list of social prescribing services and their contact details across the country.
• Libraries Ireland – Find your local library to avail of lending services, online learning and information about what is happening in your community. As part of the Healthy Ireland at Your Library programme each library has a dedicated section with books, information and resources on health and wellbeing in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

For HSE Staff
• The  HSE ‘Staff Health and Wellbeing – Resources and initiatives for adopting healthy behaviours’ brochure presents resources that have been developed at a national level and are available to all HSE staff to support their Personal Health and Wellbeing and to create supportive environments.

Thank you for your support, and if you require any further information please email HSE Healthy Ireland: or the National Dementia Office:
Go to the HSE Health and Wellbeing Website & our Ezine for more, listen to our Podcast, follow on Twitter, subscribe free on YouTube & join our Mailing List



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