It is well established that obesity and overweight is a significant problem in Ireland. Tackling this complex issue requires multi-agency, multi-level and co-ordinated approaches.
Ireland's National Obesity Policy and Action Plan aims to reverse obesity trends, to prevent health complications and reduce the overall burden for individuals, families, the health system and the wider society and economy.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Ireland. Each year at least 5,500 people die from diseases caused by tobacco use.
The Tobacco Free Ireland strategy was launched in October 2013. It sets a target for Ireland to have a smoking prevalence rate of less than 5% by 2025, effectively making the country a tobacco free society.
The National Sexual Health Strategy 2015 – 2020 is a strategic framework for the sexual health and wellbeing of the Irish population.
This Strategy’s vision is that everyone in Ireland experiences positive sexual health and wellbeing and has access to high quality sexual health information, education and services.
It takes a life course approach to sexual health which acknowledges the importance of developing healthy sexuality throughout childhood and adolescence and builds on that foundation for positive sexual health and wellbeing into adulthood and older age.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Ireland. Over 11,000 cases of skin cancer are diagnosed annually. This is twice the number compared to 10 years ago and is projected to more than double again by 2043. Yet most skin cancers could be prevented.
Based on evidence provided in a report from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), the Department is providing population health guidance for vitamin D supplementation for older people. The recommendation is that adults aged 65 and older take a vitamin D supplement of 15 micrograms (15μg) every day to ensure they get the essential vitamin D needed for bone and muscle health.
The Healthy Ireland Survey is an annual interviewer-administered face-to-face survey commissioned by the Department of Health. It is part of the Healthy Ireland Framework 2019-2025
to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Ireland.
The objectives of this survey are to:
provide and report on current and credible data in order to enhance the monitoring and assessment of the various policy initiatives under the Framework
support and enhance Ireland’s ability to meet many of its international reporting obligations
feed into the Outcomes Framework for Healthy Ireland and contribute to assessing, monitoring and realising the benefits of the overall health reform strategy
allow targeted monitoring where necessary, with an outcomes-focused approach, leading to enhanced responsiveness and agility from a policy-making perspective
support the Department of Health in ongoing engagement and awareness-raising activities in the various policy areas and support better understanding of policy priorities