Healthy South Dublin

By Brendan Grehan

THE HEALTHY South Dublin Strategy was launched yesterday by Minister Catherine Byrne T.D, Minister of State for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy, in the presence of the Mayor of South Dublin , Cllr Vicki Casserly.

Healthy South Dublin is led by South Dublin County Council and the HSE, with members from the ETB, Tusla, South Dublin County Volunteer Centre, South Dublin County Partnership, TU Dublin-Tallaght, and Tallaght University Hospital. The launch took place as part of an interactive workshop taking place in the Russell Building in Tallaght.

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Mayor Vicki Casserly, Minister Catherine Byrne TD, Mary Corcoran (South Dublin County LCDC Chairperson), Audrey Warren (Chairperson for CYPSC) and Colm Ward (SDCC Director Of Services) at the launch on Wednesday (Photos by Ben Ryan)

Minister Byrne said: “Our vision for a Healthy Ireland is one where everyone, young and old, is empowered and supported to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life.

“This plan for a Healthy South Dublin shows a strong partnership at a local level and a commitment to implementing key actions across all communities such as promoting physical activity and healthy eating and supporting people to reduce their alcohol intake and quit smoking.

“It is particularly encouraging to see a strong focus on young people and actions to support good physical, mental and sexual health.

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in developing this Strategy for a Healthy South Dublin. “Working together, we can make the healthy choice, the easy choice.”

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Strategy was developed with input from a wide variety of local people and organisations

The Healthy South Dublin Strategy, which was developed with input from a wide variety of local people and organisations under the auspices of the Local Community Development Committee and the Children’s Services Committee, will for the first time identify local actions that will improve the health and wellbeing of people living and working in South Dublin County.

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 The actions cover six areas identified by the national Health Ireland Strategy: Healthy Weight, Physical Activity, Mental health & wellbeing, Sexual Health, Alcohol and Tobacco.

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