WHERE WILL YOUR BIKE TAKE YOU?
National Bike Week, which takes place annually, returns this summer from Saturday, 11th June to Sunday, 19th June, celebrating and promoting all that is great about cycling. Enjoy eight days on two wheels in any county in Ireland, as hundreds of free cycling events take place across the country organised by local authorities, community initiatives and cycling groups. For your nearest Bike Week event and to join in a cycling adventure this June, log onto www.bikeweek.ie.
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Institute of Public Health: Open Conference
'Breaking down boundaries – innovation, participation and creativity in public health'
Titanic Belfast, 11th October 2016
Registration and 1st call for proposals is now open!
Following the success of the IPH Open Conference held in Croke Park last year IPH invites you to attend the 5th Public Health Open Conference which will take place on Tuesday, 11th October 2016 in Titanic Belfast.
The aim of the Conference is to provide an open platform to:
- showcase cross sectoral work in public health,
- provide opportunities for cross-disciplinary networking,
- enhance knowledge, skills and leadership in public health.
his is a valuable opportunity for participants to present at this dynamic, informal, annual event. You are invited to submit proposals in line with the themes listed below:
- Tackling poverty and inequality across the life cycle – innovative practices and interventions in the context of the delivery of programmes or services relevant to public health.
- Connecting evidence with public health policy – novel approaches with an emphasis on engagement, participation and multidisciplinary collaboration.
- How healthy are we? – research, policy and the creative arts as tools for advancing the public’s health.
Proposals to be submitted on the Open Conference website at www.iphopenconference.comno later than Friday, 12 August 2016.
Following this date all registered participants will vote for presentations they would like to hear at the Open Conference. After voting, the presentations will be ranked according to popularity within each theme and those ranked highest will contribute to the programme for the Open Conference. There will be three parallel sessions and attendees can choose which presentations to attend. This will enable participants to develop a conference programme to suit their needs.
Application will be made for CPD accreditation.
Motivating employees to get more active
Location: West County Hotel, Old Lucan Road, Chapelizod, Dublin 20
Date: Wednesday June 29th 2016
Time: 9.30-4.00 pm
Facilitators: Frank Fahey & Ann Scanlon
For HSE staff to register please email your name, job title and work address to Ann Scanlon - email@example.com no later than Monday 20th June.
Nutrition education programmes were developed and tailored for different groups. The workshops were interactive and involved development of skills (such as designing healthy meals, preparation and cooking of healthy meals). These workshops were targeted for the following groups:
- School children
- Pregnant and lactating women
- Mothers living with HIV
- HIV patients
- Youth programmes training young people to work in the hospitality industry
Nutrition plays a vital role in health and wellbeing and education and access to food is essential throughout the lifespan. For mothers it is important to know and practice good habits: by eating well themselves, breastfeeding exclusively up to six months, and then providing nourishing complementary food while continuing to breastfeed. It is important to ensure that children develop properly both mentally and physically. School children are at an important stage for forming good dietary habits, and it is important that they eat and enjoy a variety of foods and to avoid too many sweets and sugary drinks and foods high in salt. Like Ireland, the lure of fizzy drinks is becoming a big problem! People living with HIV and AIDS benefit from understanding that a good diet helps build resistance to infection. It was fantastic for us to be part of these projects and it was also a hugely beneficial experience for us to learn all about the local produce and crops grown in the region, their nutritional benefits and how they can be used in the diet.
In addition,we were also involved in nutritional assessment programmes- measuring dietary intake in children as well as clinical measurements. This helped Nurture Africa assess the success of various feeding programmes already in place as well as identify those schools where future programmes and education are required.
The Health Science with Nutrition students also were provided with the opportunity to
- Prepare and implement library learning in schools. The students prepared activities (reading and games) that they delivered in local schools
- Assist with sanitary pad workshops. This was a programme whereby young teenagers at school are trained to make re-usable sanitary pads (presently many young women can miss up to a week at school each month due to lack of suitable resources). All of our students were trained in the making of the pads and they were then responsible for teaching teenagers at school.
- Conduct home visits to understand the most common or priority medical needs facing the community
- Learn about sustainable social development programmes such as the community workshop which supports early school leavers by retraining in programmes such as hospitality, woodwork, sewing and social skills.
The experience was both humbling and inspiring and it was an amazing opportunity for the students (and lecturer!). It was a privilege to be welcomed into these communities and be part of a two-way process where we imparted some knowledge and skills but gained so much more from working with these inspirational and wonderful people.