IPH work on defined aspects of obesity prevention across the island of Ireland.
- Northern Ireland
The policy framework in Northern Ireland, A Fitter Future for All - Framework for Preventing and Addressing Overweight and Obesity in Northern Ireland 2012-2022, aims to reduce the level of obesity by 4% and overweight and obesity by 3% by 2022 in adults and in children reduce obesity by 3% with a 2% reduction of overweight and obesity by 2022.
IPH contributes to this work though it representation on the Obesity Prevention Steering Group and Regional Obesity Prevention Implementation Group.
- Republic of Ireland
In September 2016 the Department of Health launched A Healthy Weight for Ireland – Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016- 2025.
IPH was heavily involved in supporting the Department of Health in developing the policy and is supporting its implementation.
- Sugar sweetened drinks tax
IPH contributed to the evidence base on a sugar sweetened drinks tax in 2012, when commissioned by the Department of Health in the Republic of Ireland to undertake a Health Impact Assessment. IPH continues to support the Departments of Health in both jurisdictions on policy development on sugar sweetened drinks.
The Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Tax in Ireland was introduced on May 01 2018 – the same tax recently commenced in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK on April 06 (known as the Soft Drinks Industry Levy).
- IPH lead on Work Package 4 of the EU Joint Action on Physical Activity and Nutrition (JANPA) which estimated lifetime cost of childhood obesity. IPH Director of Research and information, Professor Kevin Balanda, presented some findings from Work Package 4 at the final conference in Paris on 24 November 2017. This presentation can be found here.
- IPH and HSE hosted a CHRODIS+ site visit with EU partners at Europe House on 06-07 June, 2018. The site visit advanced the transfer of Active School Flag to Member States. Active School Flag is a whole-of-school approach to integrating physical activity into school culture.
- IPH recently implemented Healthy Ireland Healthy Meeting guidelines into Institute policy
- Data on consumption patterns of sugar sweetened drinks was presented at the IPH Open Conference 2016.
- IPH recently responded to the Department of Finance consultation on the forthcoming sugar sweetened drinks tax in the Republic of Ireland.
- Consultation responses to UK and RoI SSD Levy
Contact Person: Helen McAvoy