New plan for a Healthy South Dublin launched to help improve local lives

by Padraig Conlon

A new initiative aimed at improving the health and well being of local residents is up and running.

The Healthy South Dublin Strategy will for the first time identify local actions that will improve the health and wellbeing of people living and working in South Dublin County.

The Strategy, which was developed with input from a wide variety of local people and organisations, was recently launched by Minister Catherine Byrne, Minister of State for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy, in the presence of the Mayor of South Dublin County, Cllr Vicki Casserly.

“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,” Minster Byrne said as she officially launched the Strategy in the Russell Building, Tallaght.

“This plan for a Healthy South Dublin shows a strong partnership at the local level and 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”.

Each of us has the power to make changes in our lives to improve health and well-being.

The first step in this process is developing an awareness of a particular challenge or a problem, such as giving up smoking, getting fitter, learning cooking skills or managing anxiety.

The second step is to get help addressing that challenge by identifying and working with appropriate health care or social service providers.

A Strategy for a Healthy South Dublin 2019 – 2022 brings together a wealth of information on the national and local level policies and programmes available to residents of South Dublin County.

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