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Health Minister Leo Varadkar today launched the first comprehensive national survey of the nation’s health since 2007

7 October 2015

Health Minister Leo Varadkar today launched the first comprehensive national survey of the nation’s health since 2007

The first ever Healthy Ireland Survey of 7,500 people aged 15 and over gives the most up-to-date picture of the health of the nation, since the SLÁN Survey in 2007.  The publication of the Healthy Ireland Survey provides valuable information on the health, wellbeing and lifestyle behaviours and how these affect people living in Ireland and will be carried out on an annual basis going forward.  Minister Varadkar said: “there have been some positive changes since the SLAN survey in 2007 including a further drop in smoking rates, and the incidence of overweight has actually levelled off, while levels of regular exercise are rising. However, we still face some serious risks to the future health of the nation including alcohol misuse or harmful drinking patterns, and the significant number of people who still do not take enough exercise or who are overweight.

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