The Minister for Health, Mr Leo Varadkar, recently launched the first national survey of the nation’s health in eight years with the publication of the Healthy Ireland Survey.
The survey was conducted by Ipsos MRBI on behalf of Healthy Ireland. It provides 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.
Key survey findings show:
- Fewer than 1 in 5 people now smoke.
- 85% have good health but 28% have a long-standing condition.
- Obesity levelling out but 60% of people still overweight.
- Two thirds of people not getting enough exercise.
- Four out of ten people binge when drinking.
- Most people eat fruit and veg daily but 26% eat recommended 5 portions.
- 17% did not use any form of contraception outside of a steady relationship.
- Almost half the population is in a social club or organisation.
- Good levels of mental health but better among men than women.
- 50% of people know someone with dementia.
The full survey results can be accessed here.
The full press release in relation to the Healthy Ireland Survey launch is available here.