Stigma associated with childhood obesity slowing uptake of treatment

Stigma associated with childhood obesity slowing uptake of treatment

  • 14 Oct 2015

A conference hosted by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) will hear today (Tuesday, 13 October 2015) that the stigma associated with attending childhood obesity treatment programmes needs to be tackled to improve uptake of such programmes. 

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Diabetes and Heart-Disease Screening Study in Mitchelstown

Diabetes and Heart-Disease Screening Study in Mitchelstown

  • 27 Oct 2015

Academics and researchers from University College Cork’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health have announced details of the Mitchelstown follow up study. The study seeks to understand the causes and underlying trends of heart disease and diabetes in middle aged men and women.

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Making fit kids: Back at the school desks, and back in action

Making fit kids: Back at the school desks, and back in action

  • 22 Sep 2015

Kids get less physical activity when they go back to school after the summer break. They are sedentary during the day and the darker nights and homework hinder outdoor activity at home after school.

Only one in four nine-year-olds gets the recommended minimum of one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day, according to the Growing Up in Ireland longitudinal study. This drops to just over one in 10, or 12 per cent, in secondary school.

The Active Flag, introduced by the Department of Education and Skills in 2009, is awarded to schools that “strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community”.

The criteria they are measured on include: the time given to PE; activity levels in the school yard and during classroom breaks; partnership with pupils, parents and the wider community; and, finally, they must organise an Active School Week either during the designated national week, or at a time of their own choosing.

A total of 674 primary and secondary schools now have the blue Active Flag, with about one in five primary schools flying it. 

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Why is Ireland on course to be the fattest nation in Europe?

Why is Ireland on course to be the fattest nation in Europe?

  • 18 Sep 2015

WE’VE all seen the headlines — Ireland is on track to be the most obese nation in Europe by 2030. But why Ireland? What are we doing here that’s so different to other European countries?

Is it our well-documented love of alcohol? Our public health initiatives? Our physical environment? Our eating habits? Or sheer bad luck?

Findings presented at the European Congress on Obesity in May forecast that by 2030, 58% of Irish men would be obese, putting us at the top of the table. The UK was fourth, at 33%.

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Expert reaction to study on association between Caesarean section births and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder

Expert reaction to study on association between Caesarean section births and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder

  • 18 Aug 2015

A study has examined a possible link between Caesarean section births and probability of diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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Irish women top the global league for drinking alcohol while pregnant

Irish women top the global league for drinking alcohol while pregnant

  • 18 Aug 2015

Irish women are more inclined to drink while pregnant than their counterparts in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, according to a new international analysis.

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Irish women most likely to drink during pregnancy

Irish women most likely to drink during pregnancy

  • 07 Jul 2015

ALCOHOL consumption during pregnancy is higher in Ireland than in Britain, Australia and New Zealand, according to a new study

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No Link Between C-Sections And Autism, Study Says

No Link Between C-Sections And Autism, Study Says

  • 24 Jun 2015

Previous research has raised the possibility of a causal link between Cesarean delivery and autism spectrum disorders, both of which are on the rise.

But a new two-part study should go a long way in reassuring parents whose babies are born via C-section that their children are not at any greater risk of developing the disorder because of how they were delivered.

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Department well represented at 3rd biennial Global Implementation Conference

Department well represented at 3rd biennial Global Implementation Conference

  • 26 May 2015

The Department was well represented at this year’s GIC, held in the Convention Centre in Dublin from May 26-28th of which Implementation for Impact was the key topic.

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Childhood woes add to risk of chronic diseases

Childhood woes add to risk of chronic diseases

  • 29 Apr 2015

Research has shwn that people who experience traumatic events in childhood, such as abuse or having a parent in jail, are 60% more likely to develop multiple chronic diseases as adults.

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2015 BT Young Scientist Winners

2015 BT Young Scientist Winners

  • 16 Jan 2015

 2015 BT Young Scientist winners hail from Cork, marking the region out yet again as home to inspiring young people. Their project was supported by UCC researcher and PhD candidate Martin Davoren

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Congratulations to Dr Eimear Keane and Dr Fiona Geaney

Congratulations to Dr Eimear Keane and Dr Fiona Geaney

  • 12 Jun 2015
Congratulations to two of our exceptional PhD students Dr Eimear Keane and Dr Fiona Geaney from the Epidemiology and Public Health Department.

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Operation Transformation in UCC

Operation Transformation in UCC

  • 03 Feb 2015

UCC has officially launched its 2015 Operation Transformation initiative. Now in its third year, the programme has gone from strength to strength with 103 applications for the coveted nine leader positions. 

UCC Operation Transformation follows a similar format to the RTÉ show but with some additions to cater to the university audience. There are eight heavily contested leader spots, four staff and four students. The applicants make personal statements detailing why they feel the programme could benefit them, often offering up some truly inspirational stories.

Dr Michael Byrne, Head of UCC Student Health comments, “It’s probably the single hardest aspect of the whole initiative from the organiser’s side. You read over a hundred stories from individuals that just want a little extra help to try and change their lifestyle for the better and have to narrow it down to the few that we feel can benefit most."

Due to the high demand for participation, a wild card 9th leader was chosen this year. A group programme has also been expanded on previous years to allow everyone in the university the opportunity to take part in some way.

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UCC alcohol research signals last call

UCC alcohol research signals last call

  • 30 Jan 2015

A UCC study on hazardous alcohol consumption and third-level students published in the BMJ Open medical journal today calls for further public policy measures as a matter of urgency.

The study complements UCC’s significant existing efforts around tackling alcohol-related harm as it seeks to counter the short and long term risks to student health. It also highlights the cultural nature of the issue, impacting across Irish society.

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UCC is Formally Recognised as a Health Promoting University

UCC is Formally Recognised as a Health Promoting University

  • 06 Jan 2015

I am delighted to inform you that UCC has been formally recognised as a Health Promoting University (HPU) by HSE South following submission of our recent application and external review of same.

This designation as a “Health Promoting University” is based on rigorous internal (HSE South) and international peer review. This is a tremendous achievement and I wish to thank all members of the HPU Steering Group, the Working Groups and also all the UCC Health Matters Team.  A special word of thanks to Dr. Michael Byrne for his co-ordination of this initiative.

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