Report Launch for the Growing Up in Ireland Study

September 29, 2014

Next week, Monday October 6th, we will see the launch of a report based on the data from the “Growing Up in Ireland” study. The “Growing Up in Ireland: National Longitudinal Study of Children in the Republic of Ireland”, to give it its full name, has already yielded results. Most notably the levels of overweight and obesity among children in Ireland, which has led to a healthy eating campaign aimed at parents.  An earlier report released by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs which sampled over 8,500 children under nine years old indicated that 19% were overweight and 7% were obese.

In one week’s time the Institute of Public Health will be presenting the first comprehensive look at long-standing health conditions among young children in Ireland. The Institute of Public Health has applied the methodology utilised to produce population prevalence estimates and forecast for chronic conditions among adults. More details available at the Chronic Conditions Hub. The aim of the event will be to:

To register to attend please contact Suzanne Kirk at suzanne.kirk@publichealth.ie or Leah Friend at leah.friend@publichealth.ie as soon as possible.

The full programme is listed below:
Programme
Chair: Owen Metcalfe, Chief Executive, IPH

1.45pm Registration and tea / coffee
2:00pm Welcome
Owen Metcalfe, Chief Executive, IPH
Launch of report
Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Health
James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
2:30pm IPH’s work on the prevalence of chronic conditions
Kevin Balanda, Director of Research, IPH
Study findings
Steve Barron, Research Analyst, IPH
3:00pm What does it mean for policy?
Kate O’Flaherty, DH
What does it mean for service delivery?
Alf Nicholson, National Lead for Paediatrics, HSE
3:45pm Panel Discussion
4.15pm Close
Owen Metcalfe, Chief Executive, IPH

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