DCU launches health and wellbeing Charter
The university developed the DCU Healthy Charter to guide health promotion in a comprehensive and coordinated manner. The healthy charter and framework are inspired by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Health Promoting Schools Model and was devised in response to one of the key goals of the University’s Strategic Plan that promotes physical, mental and social wellbeing for DCU’s students and staff community of almost 20,000 people across three campuses in north Dublin.
Recent WHO statistics specific to Ireland highlighted that, by 2020, 40 per cent of males and 37 per cent of females will be obese and that, by 2030, 47 per cent of males and females will be obese. Furthermore, findings from a My World Survey by Jigsaw (the most comprehensive study of youth mental health in Ireland for those aged 12-25) found that college, money and work issues were the top-three stressors for young people. DCU has already implemented various initiatives to support health and wellbeing and has appointed a full-time, health promotion officer, Caroline Mahon.