Physical Activity - E-Learning Module for Health Professionals

The aim of the module is to support health professionals in routinely promoting physical activity in their professional practice. This new training platform for physical activity lends support and recognition to the demands and time constraints many health professionals face in today’s busy health care system.

This Physical Activity e-module was developed in partnership with the ICGP (Irish College of General Practitioners) and in collaboration with the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, the Irish Practice Nurses Association and Get Ireland Active.

The eLearning module is available to health professionals via www.hseland.ie and to GP’s through the ICGP www.icgp-education.ie/physical-activity/.  The advantages of online eLearning means you can log onto the course and complete stages of the course at any time, day or night. There are seven lessons in total which, if watched consecutively, will take approximately 105 minutes. Additional supplementary notes and videos are available for each lesson.

Smart Start

Suitable for: Pre-School Services

Healthy Ireland Smart Start Health Promotion Programme for pre-school services.

The programme focuses on:

  • Health Promotion within the pre-school setting
  • Nutrition and Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Oral Health
  • Health and Safety (Accident Prevention)
  • Supporting Children’s Emotional Literacy and Well-being

For more details and to book training go to www.ncn.ie 

I’ve always considered myself a sports fanatic – but only when it came to watching other people do it! Three years ago, I decided to give running a go. So armed with my iphone, the couch to 5k app and hidden from the world on a secluded beach close to my home, I started to move... slowly. Jogging for 30 seconds to start with felt like an eternity. But somehow, I managed to keep moving and got to my goal of running 5k without stopping (or keeling over!) within a couple of months. But to get any better, I knew I couldn’t do it alone. It was then that I took the next step and joined my local athletic club, entered my first 10k (the Great Ireland Run) and I haven’t looked back since. Time wise, it is easy to fit into a busy life. Training takes place for an hour three times a week, with a long slow run on a Sunday. Three years on and a second child added to the family (I continued to run a slow 5k throughout my pregnancy), I have just completed a half marathon, something I would have thought impossible not that long ago. Running has given me energy, confidence, a new circle of friends and much needed head space away from the demands of work and parenting.

 Joanne, Drogheda, Co. Louth