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Give your views on social housing allocation

Public events seeking views on how social homes may be allocated in the future will take place later this month. The events in Belfast, Londonderry and Craigavon are an opportunity to hear about new independent recommendations. As many people as possible a ...

Choose well and get the right treatment

People are being asked to think carefully about how they use the health service should they or their family become unwell or have an accident. The Choose Well campaign aims to raise awareness of the range of health services available to treat everything fr ...

Healthier lifestyle helps tackle obesity

It's National Obesity Awareness Week. More than half of all adults in Northern Ireland are now overweight or obese, but many don’t even realise that they fall into this category and are putting their health at risk. You can get tips and advice on livi ...

Screening can help prevent cervical cancer

It’s Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (19 to 25 January). Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix, or neck of the womb. Around 100 new cases are diagnosed every year in Northern Ireland. It is estimated that early detection and treatment can prevent eight o ...

Waking up to the importance of breakfast

During Breakfast Week (26 January to 1 February), it’s important to remember how vital it is to start the day with a healthy, balanced breakfast. Considered the most important meal of the day, it gives us the start we need to meet the demands of the hours ...

Benefits changes if your child has left education

Has your child left full-time education and has their Child Benefit stopped? If so, you must notify your local Social Security Office/ Jobs and Benefits Office about any changes in their circumstances. ...

Recognising signs and symptoms of cancer

It's important to talk about cancer and understand that often there are signs or symptoms of cancer that should not be ignored. There are effective treatments for cancer and everyone should be willing and quick to discuss concerns with their doctor to ...

Advice to pregnant women during lambing season

Pregnant women are advised to avoid close contact with sheep during the lambing season. Infections that can occur in some ewes can risk the mother-to-be’s health and that of her unborn child. Other farm animals that have recently given birth, especially ca ...

The importance of looking after sexual health

It's Sexual Health Awareness Week. The Public Health Agency is asking everyone who is sexually active to protect their sexual health and that of their partner by being safe and getting tested if they have put themselves at risk of sexually-transmitted ...

Advice on keeping heart healthy

It’s National Heart Month. It aims to make people more aware of heart and circulatory (cardiovascular) disease, how they can help prevent it, and to help raise funds for research. We should all be thinking about the health of our heart, and what we can do ...

Saving energy can save you money

With rising energy costs, it's a good idea to develop energy-saving habits. By controlling the energy we use, we can control what it costs us. It’s not about making huge changes to our daily lives but small alterations which together could save money. ...

Raising awareness of eating disorders

There are many reasons why people can develop an eating disorder and they can affect anyone. There are a few different types and each disorder has different symptoms. If left untreated, eating problems can cause serious health problems. ...

Healthy eating can help children achieve at school

It’s International School Meals Day, which aims to promote healthy eating in schools around the world. Enjoying a healthy and nutritious school meal can help children and young people achieve to the best of their abilities. ...

Public meeting about Health and Social Care Board

Members of the public are invited to attend a public-facing accountability meeting with the Health and Social Care Board in Belfast on Wednesday, 12 March at 7.00 pm. It is a chance for people to hear questions and answers on issues relevant to the healthc ...

Reducing salt intake can help your health

It’s Salt Awareness Week (10 to 16 March). Everyone is being urged to discover the benefits of reducing salt in their diet. It could help cut your chances of developing certain health problems later in life, including high blood pressure. ...

Help available if you want to quit smoking

It’s No Smoking Day. If you smoke, have you thought about taking the first step towards quitting? Smoking is the single greatest cause of preventable illness and premature death in Northern Ireland. Approximately 2,300 people die here each year from smokin ...

Future of vehicle licensing

It has been announced that all vehicle licensing services in Northern Ireland will be centralised in the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea. This will mean the closure of the local motor tax offices, currently operated by Driver and Vehi ...

Binge drinking can harm your health

Many people like to enjoy alcohol as part of their social life, or as a means of relaxing. But drinking too much alcohol can have long-term effects on your health. It is known to contribute to liver damage, cancer and heart disease. It’s also important not ...

Recognising signs of ovarian cancer

It's ovarian cancer awareness month. Cancer of the ovary is not a common cancer but it does affect over 150 women each year. Most women do not have any symptoms in the early stages of the disease and too often it is diagnosed late. The sooner ovarian ...

Budget 2014

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, delivered his Budget to the House of Commons today. This set out the government’s plans for the economy and public finances in the year ahead. ...

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