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Galway City Early Years Health and Wellbeing Plan (2016-2020)

 A new plan which aims to enhance and support the health and wellbeing of children in Galway City during their early years (0-3 years) has been launched. Galway City Early Years Health and Wellbeing plan (2016-2020) contains a number of key actions on issues such as health and wellbeing, supporting parents and early learning and development which can make a real difference in helping to give every child the best start in life.

There is strong evidence to show that early years really matters and that the most effective time to intervene for improving health and wellbeing is before birth and during the first three years of a child’s life. Intervention in the early years is a good investment for the economy and society. Supporting parents, early intervention and prevention – breastfeeding, infant and child nutrition, physical activity and play, mental health and wellbeing and Early Learning and Development are some of the key features of the plan.

Galway City Early Years Health and Wellbeing plan was compiled under the direction of Galway Healthy Cities, and led by HSE Health Promotion and Improvement, Galway City Partnership and Galway City Early Years sub-committee (a sub group of Galway Children and Young Peoples Services Committee). The implementation of the plan will be overseen by Galway City Early Years Implementation group. Some of the initial priorities for action are Infant Mental Health, Physical Activity/Active Play and Infant and Child Nutrition.

Further information – please contact Evelyn Fanning, HSE Health Promotion and Improvement or 091 737252


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Health Promotion Services, HSE West,
2nd Floor, Clinical & Administration Building Block A,
Merlin Park Hospital, Galway 

 Tel: 091 737251 


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