GROW Joins Healthy Ireland Network

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At a meeting of the Board on June 17th, it was agreed that GROW would adopt the Healthy Ireland Charter and become part of the Healthy Ireland Network. 

The Healthy Ireland Network was launched in May 2017 by then-Taoiseach Enda Kenny along with Keith Wood, former Irish International rugby player and founding Director of W2 Consulting and Chair of the Healthy Ireland Council.

An Taoiseach was joined by Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and Minister for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD at the launch.

The first phase of the new Healthy Ireland Network is ensuring all types of organisations across the country sign-up and combine efforts to improve health and wellbeing.

Healthy Ireland’s vision is a nation where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing; and where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility.

“Now more than ever, there is an unparalled opportunity for us to embrace health and wellbeing, to be the pioneers of a national movement that will support healthier communities for generations to come.hi logo

“We recognise that we can achieve a healthier Ireland only by reducing health inequalities and fostering a culture where health and wellbeing is priotised by all, for all,” the Healthy Ireland Charter states.

By signing up to the Charter, the Board of GROW in Ireland has agreed to:

  • Champion and advocate for the Healthy Ireland vision and goals
  • Champion the Network’s values
  • Identify opportunities to create and strengthen partnerships
  • Promote Healthy Ireland to internal, external and international stakeholders
  • Contribute to actively bringing Healthy Ireland to life for all sectors of society by getting involved in Healthy Ireland initiatives
  • Pledge to bring the Charter to life, to create a future where health and wellbeing is prioritised by all

A focus on research is an important feature of Healthy Ireland. This is to ensure that interventions, programmes, communication strategies and funding strategies are based on robust evidence about the determinants of health and best practice. As part of this, Healthy Ireland conducts an annual Healthy Ireland survey.

GROW uses the Healthy Ireland survey as a reference to measure how active our members are when undertaking GROW’s own national survey.