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  • Shining a light on outdoor worker sun safety | HSC Public Health Agency
    our employees and skin cancer is a real concern to our employees who work outside This new initiative will improve knowledge and awareness of sun safety issues in the outdoor work sector considerably Everyone who works outdoors needs to think about sun protection even on cooler breezy days Gerry McElwee Head of Cancer Prevention at Cancer Focus Northern Ireland said We are delighted to be able to launch this new initiative which takes the form of a sun safety resource pack for employers and employees and provides guidance on skin cancer prevention and early detection There are a number of steps that will protect against the sun s harmful rays when working outdoors Wear a long sleeved top sunglasses and a hat with a brim or flap that protects the ears and neck On exposed skin use sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 for UVB protection and 4 star for UVA protection Extra care and a higher SPF factor may be needed if you have paler or freckled skin Apply liberally 30 minutes before going out in the sun and re apply at least every two hours Be sure to cover areas which are sometimes missed such as the lips ears around the eyes neck scalp and backs of hands Where possible take your breaks in the shade especially when the sun is at its strongest generally 11am to 3pm The damage caused by the sun can accumulate over time and may lead to skin cancer so it is important to check your skin regularly for any unusual moles or spots If you notice any changes to a mole or patch of normal skin tell your doctor who may refer you for further assessment or treatment Speaking at the event today Minister Simon Hamilton added Skin cancer is an

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/shining-light-outdoor-worker-sun-safety (2016-02-11)
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  • PHA publishes E. coli report | HSC Public Health Agency
    the outcomes of epidemiological environmental health and microbiological investigations The report concludes with a number of recommendations The report can now be published following sentencing in a case against Movie House Cinema Yorkgate Ltd owners of Flicks restaurant in a prosecution brought by Belfast City Council The report is available at www bit ly ecoli12 Further information and advice on E coli O157 is available at www publichealth hscni net

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/pha-publishes-e-coli-report (2016-02-11)
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  • Bringing generations together | HSC Public Health Agency
    society Activities like these will close the gap on what sometimes can be seen as a division between older and younger people and in fact there is a lot that both can learn from each other The objective of the annual European Day of Solidarity between Generations and the Celebrating Age initiative is to raise awareness of the importance of engagement across the generations and offer a platform to showcase good practice and activities that promote intergenerational solidarity Vicki Titterington LGNI Manager said These wonderful events will bring together people of all ages to discover what they have in common share and learn skills and to create dialogue and better understanding between the generations LGNI s aim is to help ensure that age groups will not be segregated ageism will not exist and that age integration is commonplace in the community Younger people learn from the experience of older generations and pick up skills that they may not otherwise have tried and likewise older people learning newer skills from new technology from younger people who use it every day More information on LGNI and events in your area can be found at www centreforip org uk northern ireland phoning Linking

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/bringing-generations-together (2016-02-11)
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  • Breast screening goes mobile | HSC Public Health Agency
    steps and hearing loops for those who need them In addition to the new mobile units we have also furbished the fixed sites in Linenhall Street and at Altnagelvin Area Hospital and replaced the existing mammography machines with new state of the art digital machines This means that images are no longer printed onto film but are viewed and stored electronically The image quality is higher which will assure women attending for screening that the latest technology is being used to detect early breast cancer All women aged 50 to 70 in Northern Ireland are invited for breast screening every three years Already 75 of these women attend for breast screening but there is still room for improvement Although women aged over 70 are not automatically invited I would also encourage them to ring their local breast screening unit to make an appointment as they too are entitled to breast screening every three years The mobile units have been commissioned and designed to provide a better environment for both clients and staff Attention has been given to the needs of all women who attend and as a result includes disability access a hearing loop and a layout that complements attendees expectations regarding security modesty and confidentiality Most women will now be invited to attend for breast screening at one of the new mobile units except for women in the Belfast Area who will continue to be invited to Linenhall Street and a small number of women in Derry Londonderry who will continue to be invited to Altnagelvin Area Hospital Dr Mairs continued Approximately 230 000 women are due to be invited for screening across Northern Ireland over the next three years In order to encourage as many women as possible to attend for their breast screening appointment local trusts are

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/breast-screening-goes-mobile (2016-02-11)
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  • Get moving with a work out at work | HSC Public Health Agency
    getting up out of your seat On the way to work try walking or cycling for part or all of the journey If you have to drive or take the bus park the car a little further away from the office and walk the rest of the way Hop off the bus a stop or two earlier and walk the rest of the way When you get to work try taking the stairs instead of the lift to get to the office During the day if you have to ask someone in the office something walk to their desk rather than sending an email At lunch go for a walk rather than sitting at your desk A 10 minute brisk walk adds to your recommended physical activity target of 30 minutes a day on at least five days per week Standing up uses more muscles than sitting You could stand each time you take a phone call Stretch Whether sitting or standing you can stretch at your desk to try to stop you feeling stiff from sitting throughout the day Walk and talk If you have to talk to a colleague try a walking meeting It will keep you on your feet which will burn calories and be something different to talking around a table Your organisation may already have some work based physical activity programmes so ask around and see if there are any to take part in and if not offer to set one up and challenge your team or department to take part in initiatives such as 10 000 steps walking programme Moderate activity can include a brisk walk or riding a bike and don t forget that any activity is better than none A range of helpful tips on getting active can be found on the

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/get-moving-work-out-work (2016-02-11)
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  • News | HSC Public Health Agency
    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 Stop smoking for good in 2015 14 01 2015 Measure up for National Obesity Awareness Week 12 01 2015 09 00 Flu is coming make sure you ve had the flu vaccine 09 01 2015 Smokers Helpline 09 01 2015 PHA reassures public that Ebola risk in Northern Ireland remains very low 29 12 2014 Stop smoking this New Year advises PHA 22 12 2014 Christmas drug use warning 18 12 2014 First year university students urged to get MenC vaccine 12 12 2014 Laser pointer eye injury warning 11 12 2014 Know your alcohol limits during the festive season 08 12 2014 New outdoor gym to get Tobermore active 04 12 2014 eHealth and Care Strategy for Northern Ireland 02 12 2014 Organ Donation Discussion Day December 11th Tell your loved ones your wishes 02 12 2014 Make sure your pre schooler gets their flu vaccine 28 11 2014 New HIV diagnoses remain at worryingly

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news?page=10 (2016-02-11)
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  • News | HSC Public Health Agency
    Oct Nov Dec Directorate Any Directorate of Public Health Health Protection Health and 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 Breastfeeding makes a difference says PHA 25 06 2012 Breastfeeding rates in Northern Ireland increasing 21 06 2010 Breastfeeding scheme takes off at International Airport 09 12 2015 Breastfeeding Support CD launched by PHA 26 06 2012 Breastfeeding support for mums 19 05 2014 Breastfeeding welcome at Ulster Museum 12 10 2010 Breastfeeding welcome here 21 08 2014 Breastfeeding a winning goal for life 31 07 2014 Bright nights are coming so get active 25 03 2013 11 00 Bringing generations together 29 04 2015 Businesses back breastfeeding 31 07 2012 14 40 Cairde helps promote healthier lives in the west 14 09 2011 Call for action on organ donation 19 04 2011 Call for research proposals into the care of people with dementia 09 05 2013 Calling all campers to be aware of

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  • Nursery rhymes key to language development | HSC Public Health Agency
    regular reminders and new ideas via mobile phone text prompts and social media A DVD is also provided which will demonstrate how to use nursery rhymes with a range of children from birth to two years old Chris Totten Head of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement with the PHA in the South Eastern area said Significant learning and brain development takes place in the first two years of a child s life and nursery rhymes can be important in developing a child s understanding and use of language They are also a great way to bond with your child with rhymes like Round and Round the Garden which encourages skin to skin contact and a sense of fun with lots of smiles and giggles Most people remember nursery rhymes so they have all that is needed to get started There s no need for fancy equipment and rhymes can be sung anywhere anytime Research has also suggested that children who develop good rhyming skills are more likely to develop better reading skills when they start school Heather Crawford Lead Professional Speech and Language Therapy South Eastern HSC Trust said Communication starts long before a baby is able to talk or even babble as a child will communicate by looking and smiling and may point or copy actions and then sounds and words Learning to talk is as important as learning to walk and 2 Rhymes by 2 is an enjoyable way to improve on these skills and give your child the best possible start in their language development Now about to begin its third year in the south eastern area the PHA and SEHSCT are encouraging all parents living in the Lisburn Sure Start area to enjoy rhyming with children and make the most of educational benefits by participating in

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/nursery-rhymes-key-language-development (2016-02-11)
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