Local Resources: Active and Healthy

New Research Identifies Enablers and Barriers for Active Play among 0 - 3 year olds in Galway City


By pursuing a strategy that simultaneously supports parents and childcare facilities to deliver active play opportunities to our 0 to 3 year olds, services can maximise the potential of virtuous “positive feedback loops” to establish healthier lifestyles for future generations.

This is the principal finding of a new research study undertaken jointly by the Applied Systems Thinking Group in NUI, Galway and the HSE’s Galway Health Promotion and Improvement Unit as part of the programme of work being implemented by the Early Years Sub-Group of Galway Children and Young People’s Services Group.

Download a copy of Active Play for 0 – 3 year olds in Galway City here.



Galway CYPSC Asking Local Services to Support 'Not Around Us / Coinnigh Uainn É' campaign

Galway CYPSC and Galway Healthy City are leading a new campaign aimed at creating smoke free environments for children and young people in Galway City and County. The ‘Not Around Us / Coinnigh Uainn É’ initiative aims to stop children from regarding smoking as a normal behaviour by moving smoking away from those places where children and young people are likely to be. 

Not Around Us / Coinnigh Uainn É signage will be made available free of charge to interested not for profit groups or organisations, schools, and early years services. Interested services and organisations should go to healthygalwaycity.ie/tobacco-free to get more information and to download the Expression of Interest form.

A Guide for Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer

Jo was was 15 years old when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and treated in a children’s hospital. She found it hard to relate to the written educational materials she was given. This booklet is based on her personal experience and is designed to support teenagers and young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Download a copy here.

Building a Happy Baby Campaign

The Building a Happy Baby Campaign is an international, Unicef promoted, campaign aimed at addressing myths that are prevalent among parents of young babies. The Early Years Sub-committee of the Galway Children and Young People's Services Committee is delighted to bring this campaign to Galway. Galway Parent Network, HSE Health Promotion and Improvement, HSE Department of Public Health and HSE Primary Care Psychology have collaborated to present the campaign's key messages in an accessible and culturally appropriate way.  HSE Public Health Nursing and UHG Maternity and Antenatal Services will contribute to disseminating campaign materials.  

Download the campaign's 4 key messages here.

Íoslódáil na príomhtheachtaireachtaí anseo.

See RTÉ Online article about the international campaign, its implementation in Galway and the evidence informing the key messages here.

County Galway Early Years Health and Wellbeing Plan (2018-2022)

Developed with the support of Healthy Ireland funding, this 5 year plan establishes a clear pathway for the enhancement of the health and wellbeing of children aged 0 - 3 years in County Galway.

Download a copy of the plan here.  

Galway City Early Years Health and Wellbeing Plan 2016 - 2020

This plan sets out the goals and related actions that together create a framework for enhancing and supporting the health and wellbeing of children in Galway City during their early years. For the purpose of this plan we are defining early years as 0 to 3 years. HSE Health Promotion and Improvement and Galway City Partnership led the development of this Early Years Health and Wellbeing Plan for Galway City. An Early Years Committee was established to oversee the development of the plan under the auspices of Galway Children and Young Peoples Services Committee. 

Click here to download the plan.

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