Health psychology: Behaviour change for health and well-being in adults and children in Northern Ireland

Dr Liz Simpson, Dr Marian McLaughlin and Prof Tony Cassidy (Ulster) – Reducing health inequalities and promoting well-being is a main focus for Government health policies in Northern Ireland.  Many of the chronic health conditions that are prevalent in our society today, such as obesity, coronary heart disease and diabetes, all have one thing in … Read more

Teenage girls heading for a lifetime of ill-health. Using the school environment to enhance health-related behaviours: shared experiences and suggested future approaches

Prof Alison Gallagher, Dr Angela Carlin and Prof Marie Murphy (Ulster) – Aside from home, children and adolescents spend more time in school than in any other setting. As such schools represent a key environment for promoting of health-related behaviours. Additionally, use of the school-setting has the potential to overcome health inequalities, as all children … Read more

Sit Less – Move More. Reducing sedentary behaviour to improve health in overweight and obesity

Prof Marie Murphy (Ulster) – There is strong relationship between time spent in sitting and many health outcomes including, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Sedentary behaviour is defined as waking activity with very low levels of energy expenditure and a sitting or reclining posture (SBRN 2012). In modern society sedentary behaviour in adults has … Read more

Halting the rise of Obesity: making every clinical contact count

Dr Toni McAloon (Ulster), Prof Vivien Coates (Ulster) and Prof Donna Fitzsimons (QUB) – Obesity is a major 21st century health challenge, contributing to chronic illnesses and presents a serious threat to world health. Obesity is associated with more deaths than underweight/malnutrition, imposing a serious financial burden on struggling health services. Northern Ireland has 60% … Read more