The Healthy Ireland Survey is an annual survey of the health and wellbeing of the population. The data from the Healthy Ireland Survey provide an up-to-date picture of the nation’s health. The results give us a baseline set of data telling us how healthy or unhealthy Ireland currently is. We can then use future surveys to assess whether or not our policies are working.
More than 10,000 households were randomly selected for the nationwide survey which is designed to provide vital data on the state of the nation’s health. Over 7,500 people aged 15 years and over participated in both waves of the survey.
Two waves of the Survey have been carried out by Ipsos MRBI on behalf of the Department of Health. The first wave of the survey was carried out during 2014/2015 and a report of its findings was published in October 2015. The second wave of the survey was carried out during 2015/16 and a report of its findings was published in October 2016.
The Summary Report of the second Healthy Ireland Survey was launched on 19th October 2016 by Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Health Promotion.
The second annual Healthy Ireland Survey of 7,500 people aged 15 and over living in Ireland gives an up-to-date picture of the health of the nation and reports on many lifestyle behaviours such as smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity, diet and mental health. A number of new topics have been included in this year’s Survey which examine additional aspects of health behaviours and issues such as multiple risk factors and knowledge and attitudes about health behaviours.
The Survey showed that of the four types of unhealthy behaviours under consideration, the most common was that almost three-quarters (73%) of the population eat fewer than five portions of fruit and vegetables daily. Between a fifth and a third of the population have each of the other three behaviours – binge drinking (28%), sedentary behaviour (26%) and smoking (23%)
Some new findings in this year’s Survey results include:
The first wave of the survey was carried out during 2014/2015 and a report of its findings was published in October 2015. This survey was the first national survey of the nation’s health in eight years.
The survey was conducted by Ipsos MRBI on behalf of Healthy Ireland. At the time of its publication, it provided the most up-to-date picture of the health of the nation, including lifestyle factors like smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity, diet and mental wellbeing. The survey involved over 7,500 face-to-face interviews with a sample of the population aged 15 years and over.
Some headline findings from the first wave of the survey include:
The following topics were reported on in Wave 1 of the survey: General Health, Smoking, Alcohol, Physical Activity, Diet & Nutrition, Weight Management, Social Connectedness, Wellbeing, Dementia and Sexual Health.
For a copy of the report see Publications below.
The Department of Health is committed to making data available from the Healthy Ireland Survey, via the following methods:
Here is a video taken at the launch of the results from the first wave.
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