Dr tracey owen

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Dr tracey owen

  1. 1. Weigh to Men’s HealthPutting Policy into Practice in Northern Ireland Dr Tracy Owen Consultant in Public Health Medicine 8 June 2011
  2. 2. ContentPolicy context in NIRole of the Public Health AgencyChallenges
  3. 3. Size of the problemNI Health and Social Wellbeing Survey (2006)- 35% of adults overweight- 24% obese= 3 in every 5 adults in NI carry excess weight
  4. 4. Childhood obesity – year 1 2008-09 Overweight 17.2% Obese 5.3% Overweight or obese 22.5% Source: Child Health System
  5. 5. Childhood obesity – year 8/9 2008-09 Overweight 20.2% Obese 7.1% Overweight or obese 27.3% Source: BMI measurements at year 8/9
  6. 6. Policy• Fit Futures – 2006, childhood obesity• A Fitter Future for All –Obesity Prevention Framework for Northern Ireland 2011-2021, (consultation document)
  7. 7. Strategies and frameworks• Cardiovascular Services Framework• Strategy for Sports Physical Recreation in NI, 2008-13• Regional Transport Strategy 2002-12
  8. 8. Evidence• Foresight report• White House report on childhood obesity• NICE guidance
  9. 9. Priorities/Targets• Reduce the proportion of children who are obese• Halt the rise in obesity
  10. 10. Role of the PHA• Improve health and wellbeing, reduce inequalities• Regional approach• Coordinating role - internal• Bringing elements together – nutrition, physical activity, breast feeding• Engaging with others• Implementation of regional framework
  11. 11. Approach1. Give children a healthy start in life2. Increase info and skills on nutrition and physical activity3. Community access to healthy affordable food4. Provide healthy choices outside the home5. Provide opportunities to be physically active6. Support people to manage their weight7. Provide training for professionals8. Coordinate activity , monitor impact, share learning9. Assist in development of Government policies and legislation to provide context for change
  12. 12. Current work• Annual action plan• Strengthen existing work and build on this• Evidence base• Roll out good practice• Regional focus/identity• Campaigns – public awareness
  13. 13. Examples• Community allotments• Community based nutrition education programmes• Walking initiatives• Exercise referral schemes
  14. 14. Challenges•Long term approach•Whole lifespan approach•Understanding behaviourchange•Innovation•Coordinated approachacross agencies
  15. 15. Thank You

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