• Stay warm and well during the cold spellStay warm and well during the cold spell

    A yellow weather warning for snow and ice is in place for Monday evening and continuing to Wednesday. The Public Health Agency (PHA) is advising everyone to look after themselves and their neighbours during the cold snap.

  • The new and improved ‘Red Book’ launches for new parents The new and improved ‘Red Book’ launches for new parents

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) has just launched a revised version of the Personal Child Health Record also known as the ‘Red Book’. This book is given to all parents following the birth of their child or if they move to Northern Ireland from another country.

  • New healthy recipes for Obesity Awareness WeekNew healthy recipes for Obesity Awareness Week

    We’re all looking for ways to eat a bit healthier, so this Obesity Awareness Week (8–14 January) the Public Health Agency (PHA) has released 16 new recipes to help make the tough decisions about what to eat that little bit easier.

    An array of recipes, including Ulster-style pizza; Italian meatballs; carrot and orange soup; and lemon cheesecake, join the existing favourites on www.choosetolivebetter.com  to bring the total to 86 healthy, easy-to-make dishes at your fingertips.

  • Stay Well during cold and flu seasonStay Well during cold and flu season

    With flu levels having risen in recent weeks and many of us experiencing coughs and colds, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is offering some simple advice to us get through winter and reminding everyone that hand hygiene and self-care are essential when preventing and managing colds and flu.

  • Moderate to high air pollution Moderate to high air pollution

    The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has issued advice about air pollution.

    There is a strong possibility of moderate to high levels of air pollution in urban centres across Northern Ireland today (Wednesday) and tomorrow.

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In fulfilling our mandate to protect public health, improve public health and social wellbeing, and reduce inequalities in health and social wellbeing, the PHA works within an operational framework of three areas: Public Health, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, and Operations. Our corporate and business plans reflect these arrangements and our purpose as an organisation.

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High air pollution in the Derry/Londonderry area

Sunday, 7 January 2018 - 3:08pm - News

High levels of air pollution (particulate matter) are currently being monitored in the Derry/Londonderry area with people advised to take extra care if they have a respiratory illness. Low levels of air pollution are being monitored elsewhere acro...

Flu vaccine can protect against strains seen in Australia

Wednesday, 3 January 2018 - News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging people who are eligible for the free flu vaccination to get it without delay.

The call comes as the strains of flu seen during Australia’s winter season, particularly A(H3N2), are increasing in pre...

How to stick to your New Year’s resolution

Tuesday, 2 January 2018 - News

Many of us end up making the same New Year’s resolution every year – to start eating better and taking more exercise – only to give up after a short time because of not hitting our targets quickly.

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is on hand...

Stop smoking this New Year

Thursday, 28 December 2017 - News

While many of us will be focusing on having a great time over the Christmas period, minds will soon be turning to New Year’s resolutions, and once again quitting smoking will be at the top of many people’s ‘to-do’ list come the 1 January 2017.