STEVE O’Donohue of Offaly Local Development Company formally received the ‘Health Promoting Organisation’ accreditation from the HSE Health Promotion Service in Dublin Mid Leinster recently.
The initiative supports community organisations to actively promote health and well-being and to develop and implement a comprehensive Health Promotion plan for their organisation.
This holistic health plan describes how Offaly Local Development Company can support both the health of its workers and those who attend its services.
It includes a range of actions such as health education and health promotion programmes, developing and reviewing health policies, improving the space that people work and meet in and building links with families and communities.
Fergal Fox, Acting Health Promotion Manager Dublin Mid Leinster, said, “The purpose of the HSE / NUIG Specialist Certificate in Health Promotion is to support individuals, organisations and communities to work together to identify the issues that affect and control their health. It also encourages people to find ways to reduce the factors that have a negative impact on their health and to increase the things that can improve health
The HSE training programme, developed in conjunction with NUI Galway, provides workers and volunteers with a solid foundation for promoting health in a more proactive and holistic way. It provides the knowledge, skills and expertise to develop health promotion programmes and policies based on evidence and good practice.