“Healthy Ireland” is a national framework (2013-2025) for action set out by the Department of Health to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Ireland. The vision is one where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential, where wellbeing is supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility.
Part of the Healthy Ireland vision is to work in partnership with Higher Education Institutes in developing a Health Promoting campus model of health promotion. At UCD, we understand that we impact the health and wellbeing of not only the staff, faculty and students who spend a significant amount of time in our care, but also their families and the wider community in which the university is located. As the largest university in Ireland, we have the ability and indeed a duty to influence decision makers, act as catalysts for change and to encourage dialogue on health promotion. As a research-intensive university we contribute to the creation of knowledge on public health and health promotion in a globalized world.
This is a far-reaching and progressive vision that mirrors UCD’s aspirations both as a large community of students, faculty and staff, and a world-leading research community.
In order to take a leadership position and deliver on our strategic objectives, the University has endorsed the Healthy Ireland initiative and developed this strategy for a Health Promoting University at UCD. This is our opportunity to deliver a roadmap for the environment we want to create on campus, impacting the wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff and local community, and an opportunity for an integrated framework for our research activities in this space.
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