Healthy Ireland and Healthy Meath
Healthy Ireland, A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013-2025 is a Department of Health initiative and is the national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of Ireland over the coming generation.
The primary aim of the Healthy Ireland Fund is to support innovative, cross-sectoral, evidence-based projects and initiatives that support the implementation of key national policies in areas such as obesity, smoking, alcohol, physical activity and sexual health.
The four goals of Healthy Ireland are
- Goal 1: Increase the proportion of people who are healthy at all stages of life
- Goal 2: Reduce health inequalities
- Goal 3: Protect the public from threats to health and wellbeing
- Goal 4: Create an environment where every individual and sector of society can play their part in achieving a healthy Ireland
The Healthy Meath Plan 2019 – 2021 was funded under the Healthy Ireland Fund Strand 1 Round 2, and has a dual purpose:
- To create the right environment by the influencing of local policy decisions and resources so that conditions are ripe for people to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
- To inform, support and encourage people to take responsibility for their own health through making healthier choices.
These are reflected through the five priorities in the ‘Healthy Meath’ plan which align with the objectives set out by the World Health Organisation in ‘Health 2020: the European Policy for Health and Wellbeing’; and those set by the Irish government in ‘Healthy Ireland’.