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Ireland’s Healthy Ireland programme strengthened in the Department of Health

26 July 2018

Ireland’s Healthy Ireland programme strengthened in the Department of Health 26.7.2018“A vision of people living longer, healthier lives, in safe, healthy environments”Minister for Health, Simon Harris and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Catherine Byrne, have announced two welcomed initiatives to strengthen he Healthy Ireland programme.An enhanced Healthy Ireland Office will be established within the Department of Health and a Government approved Outcomes Framework for Healthy Ireland  (a recommendation of the Sláintecare report) is to be published in early Autumn.  Minister Harris said “The new Outcomes Framework for Healthy Ireland has been developed to help assess and report on progress in the implementation of this key cross-government initiative, which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Ireland.”He went on to say that  “The new Healthy Ireland Office will develop and deliver an action plan for the next phase of implementation of Healthy Ireland, and will be responsible for the delivery of an enhanced programme of communications and citizen engagement”.Minister Byrne said: “Healthy Ireland has a vision of people living longer, healthier lives, in safe, healthy environments. We want all our citizens, young and old, to feel supported in their communities in taking that first step towards a healthier lifestyle. That is why it is so important to further develop Healthy Ireland. Working with our partners, we aim to involve more organisations in helping to build and sustain a national movement for health and wellbeing, and generate a real enthusiasm for Healthy Ireland across every community.”  

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