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  • Packs give best start to those in new homes | HSC Public Health Agency
    Homeless NI CHNI with support from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and First Housing Mary Black Assistant Director of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement at the PHA said The move from homelessness to more settled accommodation is a huge step and has a major impact on health and wellbeing The Home Starter Packs will be essential in helping to ensure a good start or restart after some time without a permanent home Inequalities are a challenge for our society as a whole and this practical support along with services provided with our partners will improve outcomes for some of our most vulnerable citizens Working with our partners in the housing and homelessness sector will ensure that this initiative focuses on those in greatest need Ricky Rowledge Chief Executive of the Council for the Homeless NI added On behalf of those organisations working with people moving out of temporary into more permanent accommodation and the tenants themselves we are extremely grateful to the Public Health Agency for making this generous funding gesture By helping people settle in their new home this starter pack scheme helps the tenant make their house a home and will go some way to ensure that they are able to maintain and sustain their tenancies This in turn helps reduce the likelihood of future homelessness We also thank the Northern Ireland Housing Executive for the provision of warehouse space and extend particular thanks to their Direct Labour Organisation team for their support in organising and delivering packs as well as to First Housing without which these items would not be circulated to those who need them Liam Kinney from the Housing Executive s Homelessness Unit said This is an excellent initiative giving a practical welcome boost at the start of a tenancy and we are pleased to

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/packs-give-best-start-those-new-homes (2016-02-11)
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  • Stop smoking in Stoptober! | HSC Public Health Agency
    days are five times more likely to stop for good so use Stoptober as the first step on your path to better health Gerry continued While we know that stopping smoking can be very difficult help is at hand there are over 650 free stop smoking specialist services across Northern Ireland in community pharmacies GP surgeries hospitals community and voluntary organisations and workplaces that can help with your quit attempt Studies have found that smokers are four times more likely to succeed in quitting with help from stop smoking services than if they go it alone To stand an even better chance of quitting local people are encouraged to sign up with their friends family and colleagues as evidence reveals that this type of social quitting can dramatically improve people s chances of successfully stopping Giving up smoking is often tough and different approaches will work for different people While some people might be able to do it with very little support others find that planning ahead and making use of the stop smoking support services that are available can really help make their decision permanent That s why it is good to plan an approach to stopping that is most likely to work for you If you quit and then relapse accept it work out why it happened and focus on how you can avoid it in the future It takes several efforts for many people to quit for good but if you are determined you will do it Last year thousands of people decided to make a stop attempt using the PHA s stop smoking services and many others did so on their own Sign up to Stoptober and start your journey to a healthier you For more information and useful tips to stop smoking to order a

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/stop-smoking-stoptober-0 (2016-02-11)
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  • Flu vaccine available for those ‘at risk’ | HSC Public Health Agency
    that the strains of flu virus can vary from year to year which is why you need to get the vaccination every year so even if you received the vaccine in spring this year you still need to get the vaccination for this flu season Everyone who receives an invitation to be vaccinated against flu should see it as a positive step in helping to protect their health and the health of others around them The flu vaccine does not give you the flu It is offered as the best protection for at risk groups because if they get flu they are more likely to have severe illness and or develop complications such as pneumonia which can be life threatening Pregnant women are more likely to have serious illness if they catch flu which is why they will be invited by their GP at all stages of pregnancy to help protect them and their unborn baby Health and Social Care staff are also urged to get vaccinated to help protect themselves their families and those they care for As it takes approximately two weeks following vaccination to reach maximum protection against flu it is important to get vaccinated by early December Flu vaccination clinics have already started and will continue until early December If you wait until flu starts circulating it may be too late for the vaccine to offer you protection Dr Smithson continued Traditionally uptake rates for flu vaccination are high in Northern Ireland which is a result of the hard work and dedication from all involved in the health and social care and the excellent response from patients taking their GP s advice that they need the vaccine In September we also launched the childhood flu vaccination programme in which all pre school children aged two years

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/flu-vaccine-available-those-%E2%80%98-risk%E2%80%99 (2016-02-11)
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  • News | HSC Public Health Agency
    Social Wellbeing Improvement Service Development and Screening HSC Research and Development Professional Medical Issues Directorate of Nursing and Allied Health Professions Nursing Allied Health Professions and Personal and Public Involvement Centre for Connected Health and Social Care HSC Safety Forum Directorate of Operations Planning and Corporate Services Communication and Knowledge Management Title Published Appeal to Northern Ireland during National Transplant Week 08 07 2013 Are you at risk from hepatitis C 17 12 2010 Are you inching towards bad health 11 01 2016 Are you packing a healthy lunchbox 18 01 2011 Art and health Older people in full bloom 05 03 2015 Art work of older people In Full Bloom in Altnagelvin Area Hospital 09 05 2014 Artwork of older people in the frame at gala exhibition 17 04 2015 Artwork of older people In Full Bloom at gala exhibition 12 03 2014 As clocks go back PHA comes forward with winter fun ideas 22 10 2012 Asbestos Incident at Bloomfield Collegiate Belfast 29 06 2012 Ashgrove Senior Citizens Get Fit 19 04 2010 ASIST suicide prevention training all island evaluation report launched 20 07 2011 14 40 ASIST training helping to tackle suicide 04 03 2014 Assembly says

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news?order=title&sort=asc&page=3&keys=&field_directorate_value=All (2016-02-11)
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  • Get active during Walk to School Month | HSC Public Health Agency
    strong bones muscles and a healthy heart and helps develop social skills and encourages a sense of wellbeing Children over the age of five years need to take part in moderate to vigorous intensity activities for at least 60 minutes and up to several hours every day This can be broken up into small chunks of at least 10 minutes throughout the day it all adds up Supporting the PHA s message during International Walk to School Month Alison Lindsay Principal of Carrick Primary School in Lurgan said Since taking up the post as Principal on 1 September it has been lovely to see so many children walking to and from school with their friends or as a family This is a great free way to ensure children are active on a daily basis and they re exercising without realising it I have observed children chatting with friends and families having great social interaction as they walk and in an era of technology this very important Children who walk to school are more alert during the day in class The health benefits of lifting your mood making your heart stronger and helping you sleep better cannot be ignored As we are working towards our Eco Schools Green Flag walking to school helps reduce traffic in and around the school and therefore has benefits for the environment as well as ensuring the children of Carrick Primary School have optimum health and wellbeing For adults walking at a brisk pace can make you feel good and reduce anxiety can help you sleep better and can reduce blood pressure and with 69 of men and 57 of women being overweight or obese in Northern Ireland walking to school with your children can also help you manage your weight The PHA along with the

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/get-active-during-walk-school-month (2016-02-11)
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  • Calling all workplaces – take the stop smoking challenge! | HSC Public Health Agency
    in the workforce increased productivity improved staff morale and reduced absence due to sickness We want to encourage and support more routine and manual workers to stop smoking and are calling for businesses to work with us to make this happen The challenge encourages smokers to give up smoking for 28 days because research shows that if a person stops smoking for 28 days or more they are five times more likely to stop for good There is also a financial benefit for workers who stop smoking with the cost of tobacco now at an all time high quitting a 20 a day habit will deliver an average 3 090 a year saving which is a nice addition to the pay packet and could pay for a great holiday or clear the bills Gerry continued Registering your interest in participating as a business is easy just visit www want2stop info click on the Workplace Challenge icon and follow the business registration link The website is packed with information and resources regarding the challenge and contact details for our specialist stop smoking workplace advisers Alternatively if you do not wish to register as a business you can still promote the challenge among your workforce and encourage individual smokers to register Last year thousands of people decided to stop smoking using PHA funded Stop Smoking Services and many others quit on their own If you quit and then relapse accept it work out why it happened and focus on how you can avoid it in future It takes several efforts for many people to quit for good but if you are determined you will do it In Northern Ireland there are more than 650 free stop smoking specialist services across for more information on them and for useful tips to stop smoking

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/calling-all-workplaces-%E2%80%93-take-stop-smoking-challenge-0 (2016-02-11)
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  • Shingles vaccine available for 70 and 78 year olds | HSC Public Health Agency
    some point in their life For most people shingles can be a mild infection with good recovery But it can be very painful and uncomfortable and tends to affect people more commonly as they get older The older people are the worse it can be with some people left with pain lasting for years after the initial rash has healed It is estimated that the vaccination programme will prevent nearly 40 of the hundreds of cases seen every year in Northern Ireland in people over 70 and reduce the severity of the symptoms for those who do develop the condition The vaccine is given as a single injection in the upper arm but unlike the flu vaccine you only need to have it once Dr Jessop continued Side effects are usually quite mild and don t last very long The most common side effects include headache and or pain and swelling at the site of the injection The shingles vaccine has been used extensively in several countries including America and Canada We can therefore be very confident in knowing that it is a safe and effective vaccine I would recommend anyone in the eligible age groups to contact their GP to arrange to have the vaccine if they haven t received it already People who have lowered immunity must not receive the shingles vaccine such as anyone who is on chemotherapy or has leukaemia or lymphoma Other medicines can also lower immunity for example high doses of oral steroids and some drugs used for rheumatoid arthritis psoriasis polymyositis sarcoidosis and inflammatory bowel disease Check with your GP if you are receiving any treatment especially if it is prescribed to you at a hospital People under 70 years of age will get the vaccine in the year following their seventieth birthday

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/shingles-vaccine-available-70-and-78-year-olds (2016-02-11)
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  • Students encouraged to look after their mental health | HSC Public Health Agency
    exciting but new responsibilities can also lead to feelings of stress Some students may also need to find time to earn an income to help support their studies which can also be an added pressure A certain amount of stress is normal but it is really important that students know that looking after their mental health is just as important as looking after their physical health We would encourage students who are feeling under stress to seek help and to avail of support The PHA has produced a booklet for students Mind Your Head A student guide to mental health The booklet is full of practical tips and information on managing stress and achieving and maintaining positive mental health and emotional wellbeing It also contains a list of helpful local organisations and websites which offer support The booklet targets first year students at universities and further and higher education colleges as the transition from school to further education can be a stressful time The booklet is available from students unions across Northern Ireland It is also available at www bit ly phastudentguide More information on looking after your mental health and the support which is available across Northern Ireland can

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/students-encouraged-look-after-their-mental-health (2016-02-11)
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