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Hospital Passport For Learning Disabled Launched

A new Regional Hospital Passport has been launched to help improve the experience of hospital visits for people with a learning disability. The Public Health Agency (PHA), in partnership with the Regional General Hospital Forum for Learning Disabilities, health and social care trusts, and people with a learning disability and…

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Lambing Season Advice For Pregnant Women

Lambing season is well under way and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding pregnant women about the risk of close contact with sheep during lambing season. The PHA is advising women who are, or think they may be pregnant, to reduce their risk of miscarriage and infection by avoiding…

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Salt Awareness Week, So Check The Labels

This week is Salt Awareness Week (20-26 March) and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding everyone of the dangers of eating too much salt and asking everyone to check food labels to see how much salt is in our food. Too much salt in our diet can contribute to…

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Top Tips For Obesity Awareness Week

Is your waist hitting the high inches mark?? If so, read on! Having a waistline of 37 inches or more for a man and 32 inches or more for a woman can put you at a greater risk of developing heart disease, some cancers and Type 2 diabetes. Your health…

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Look After Your Mental Health Over The Holidays Says PHA

In the run up to Christmas, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding people of the importance of looking after their own mental health and that of their family and friends over the holiday period. Christmas is traditionally seen as a time of joy and celebration, but for some people…

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Step Up To Better Health With New Campaign

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is calling on people to quite literally take some simple steps to better health. With three out of five adults in County Down overweight or obese, the agency’s new campaign is encouraging us to increase the amount of steps we take to improve our health…

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Public Health Agency Urges People To Take The Benefits Of Mental Health Week

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging people to use Mental Health Awareness Week (16-22 May) to take time out to think about our own mental health and what we can do to improve it. Amanda O’Neill, Senior Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Officer at the PHA, said: “The PHA…

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Put A Spring In Your Step In The Brighter Evenings

The clocks spring forward this weekend. There are many ways to kick-start your journey to better health and wellbeing and the Public Health Agency (PHA) says that doing smaller bouts of activity, of 10 minutes or more, will soon add up and can improve your health. Colette Brolly, the PHA’s…

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Know Your Limits If Drowning The Shamrock On St Patrick’s Day

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging people to keep an eye on their alcohol intake ahead of St Patrick’s Day, emphasising the dangers of binge drinking and the effects that excess alcohol can have on your health and your safety. The PHA’s Drugs and Alcohol lead Owen O’Neill said:…

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PHA Encourages People Who Self-Harm To Seek Help

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is using Self-Harm Awareness Day (1 March) as an opportunity to encourage people who are affected by self-harm to seek help. Self-harm is when a person harms themselves through injury or poisoning. People self-harm for various reasons and are usually experiencing severe emotional distress. For…

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Views Sought On Autism And Mental Health Services For Children And Young People

The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and Public Health Agency (PHA) want to hear about your experiences to help shape how care is delivered in Northern Ireland. 10,000 Voices is a PHA initiative which gives people an opportunity to provide feedback on their experiences of accessing Health and Social…

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Joint Statement From The Health And Social Care Board And Public Health Agency on Emergency Department Pressures

As the Northern Ireland Health Service again faces a crisis at its Emergency Departments, a spokesperson for the Health and Social Care Board said: “Emergency Departments across Northern Ireland are currently experiencing a high level of pressure. “The Health and Social Care Board and Public Health Agency are urging the public…

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Do You Know Your Alcohol Limits As The Festive Season Approaches?

With the Christmas party season in full swing the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging people to be mindful of their alcohol intake at this time. People across Northern Ireland are looking forward to celebrating with family, friends and work colleagues, however, if you choose to drink it’s easy to…

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Childhood Flu Vaccination Now Available Says Public Health Agency

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has launched this year’s childhood flu vaccination programme, reminding parents how important it is that their child receives the vaccine, which will help protect against the disease and reduce its spread.​ The vaccine changes each year to cover the strains which are likely to be…

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Stop Smoking Now Before It Stops You

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has issued further advice on e-cigarettes to help people make informed decisions. Smoking tobacco is very harmful to health. The short and long-term effects of smoking are well known and smoking remains the single biggest cause of early death in Northern Ireland. A typical smoker…

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