Health Improvement Resources

Click on the links below to view the leaflets and resources in our Health Improvement Catalogue. To request copies, please download, complete and return via email the catalogue request form. Please allow four weeks for processing leaflet orders.


EAT WELL

01 LT 91: DIETARY GUIDE TO LOWERING BLOOD CHOLESTEROL
Information leaflet on cholesterol and dietary ways of lowering high cholesterol. 
  
 
01 LT 104: ENJOY HEALTHY EATING
What we eat every day has a big impact on our health – from the amount of energy we have when we get up in the morning to our risk of developing conditions like heart disease and cancer in the future. A healthy diet doesn’t have to be boring or restrictive – we can still eat a wide range of delicious foods, while keeping an eye on our intake of sugar, fat and salt. This booklet has been updated in accordance with the Eatwell guide.
  
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19 LT 04: WEANING MADE EASY
As a parent you want the best start for your baby. What your child eats and drinks is important for his/her health now and in the future. The information in this leaflet may be quite different from what you have read before, or what your friends or family may tell you they did. New research is constantly being carried out into infant nutrition and the information and advice in this leaflet is based on up-to-date scientific evidence. It will help you make sure that your child is getting a good start.
(Translations are available to download from
www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications Note: translations are of the 2007 version)
 

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19 LT 05: BOTTLEFEEDING
This booklet provides new safety information on the preparation and storage of infant formula milk and is aimed at minimising the risk of infection from bacteria that may sometimes be present in the milk powder. It explains how to sterilise feeding equipment and make up formula milk, and highlights the safety precautions that need to be observed.
  
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19 LT 03: GETTING A GOOD START: Healthy eating from one to five
This booklet outlines advice on many key nutritional issues for children aged one to five. It includes information on how to provide a healthy, balanced diet for this age group, guidance on suitable snacks and drinks, feeding a vegetarian child, vitamin supplements and iron, making the most of mealtimes and how to deal with fussy eaters.
(Translations are available to download from
www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications Note: translations are of the 2007 version)
  
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01 LT 110: ARE YOU PACKING A HEALTHY LUNCH?
This booklet is designed to improve pupils' nutrition and implement healthier eating and drinking practices. It contains practical tips for parents, carers and children on how to pack an appetising, healthy lunchbox. The booklet has been updated to include the new Eatwell Guide.
  
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01 LT 111: MOOD FOOD
Booklet provides information about different types of foods that we need to eat to achieve a healthy balanced diet and look after our physical and mental health.
  
 
01 LT 113: IS YOUR WAISTLINE CREEPING UP ON YOU?
Leaflet contains tips and advice to help you keep your weight and waistline healthy.  Part of the Choose to Live Better Campaign.
  
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01 LT 114: VITAMIN D AND YOU
This Leaflet highlights the importance of Vitamin D supplements for those who may not get enough, including women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, infants and young children under five, people aged 65 years and over; people who are confined indoors or cover their skin for cultural reasons; and those with darker skins (eg African and African-Caribbean)
  
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01 LT 115: HEALTHY BREAKS FOR PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN
Leaflet for Parents explaining why a healthy break is so important for pre-school children and some tips and ideas for healthy nutritious breaks
  
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    Irish Version
01 LT 116: HEALTHY BREAKS FOR SCHOOLS
A guide for pupils and parents
The Department of Education and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, encourage all schools to provide healthier food and drinks throughout the day.  The Healthy breaks for schools scheme provides guidance on suitable snacks and drinks for children to have during their morning break, whether provided by the school or brought from home
  
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BE ACTIVE

02 LT 11:GET A LIFE GET ACTIVE GO WALKING
This leaflet contains information on one of the easiest ways to exercise - walking.  Includes reasons to walk, how much, how often and keeping it up.
  
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02 LT 35: ACTIVITY RECORD BOOK, YOUR - IT ALL ADDS UP
Key Stage 2 Physical Activity Record Book encourages school children to be active for at least 60 minutes every day.
  
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02 LT 41: AGEING WELL BY BEING ACTIVE EVERY DAY
Leaflet provides guidance to older adults on the amount of physical activity they should be aiming for and the health benefits associated with staying active.  It also offers tips and ideas on activities that older people may find useful and appropriate. The leaflet is aimed at older people of most physical capabilities.
  
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02 LT 42 STEP BY STEP FOR HEALTH FITNESS AND FUN! - Your Walking Book
This booklet is aimed at adults with a learning disability to encourage them to get physically active.  This booklet requires a pedometer to be purchased to use.
  
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MENTAL HEALTH AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING
03 LT 75: EVERYBODY HURTS SOMETIMES - LIFELINE FLYER
A5 size flyer giving "Lifeline" telephone number for people in distress or despair.  Lifeline deals with issues such as suicide, self-harm, abuse, trauma, depression and anxiety.
  
         
03 LT 76: LIFELINE (Credit Card)
Credit card giving lifeline telephone number for people in distress or despair.
  
 
03 LT 77: R U OK?
Credit card giving telephone numbers and website details for Samaritans, LIFELINE and CHILDLINE.
  
 
03 LT 82: PROMOTING POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH AT WORK A GUIDE FOR EMPLOYERS
Leaflet gives guidelines on promoting good mental health in the workplace.
  
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03 LT 87: STEPS TO DEAL WITH STRESS
The Steps to deal with stress booklet provides tips and practical advice on coping with stress in your life and covers recognizing stress, getting ready, coping better, learning from bad experiences and taking action now. Simple steps such as relaxation exercises and talking to someone can help you feel better and put you in a better frame of mind for dealing with your problems..
  
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03 LT 89: MENTAL HEALTH POCKET BOOK:  WESTERN AREA (Z CARD)
Pocket sized directory of services to help improve mental health and emotional wellbeing.  Western Area Edition.
  
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CONCERNED ABOUT SUICIDE?

03 LT 90: CARING FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS SELF-HARMED OR HAD SUICIDAL THOUGHTS
This guide provides important information on how to take care of yourself and your family member following a suicide attempt/suicidal thoughts or self-harm and highlights resources to help you move forward..
  
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03 LT 91: WHAT HAPPENS IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
A Patient's Guide.

A guide for people who have self-harmed or may have mental health/emotional problems.  This leaflet is for anyone who has come to the Emergency Department because they have harmed themselves or are in a crisis situation and may have mental health problems. 
  
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03 LT 92: IMPROVING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WHO SELF HARM
This leaflet is aimed at people who self harm and their familes/carers/friends. It will help people understand more about self harm and how to get support.
  
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03 LT 93: CARING FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY AFTER SELF-HARM OR SUICIDAL THOUGHTS
This leaflet provides guidance to people and their families on what happens following a suicide attempt /suicidal thoughts or self-harm in the Emergency Department / GP Out of Hours service 
  
 


TAKING CARE OF YOUR SEXUAL HEALTH

10 LT 43: LOVE SEX LIFE
Leaflet looks at sexual health, relationships and STIs.
  
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12 LT 15: TALKING TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS
Leaflet provides information to help parents talk to their children about sex and relationships. 
  
 


STOP SMOKING

28 LT 06: STOPPING SMOKING MADE EASIER
Leaflet takes you through the stages of preparing to stop smoking, stopping and staying stopped.  Also includes information on nicotine replacement therapy, non-nicotine treatments and where to get help and advice.
(Translations are available to download from
www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications)
   
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28 LT 44: GIVE YOUR BABY A BREATHER: Help and Advice on Giving Up Smoking during Pregnancy
Leaflet explains why smoking while pregnant is harmful for both mother and baby, it highlights the health effects of passive smoking after birth and provides advice to help women stop smoking, including information about nicotine replacement 
  
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28 LT 45: PASSIVE SMOKING - THERE'S NOTHING PASSIVE ABOUT IT
Leaflet highlights the health risks of passive smoking to adults and children, and suggests ways of minimising your exposure to second-hand smoke.
  
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28 LT 48: SERIOUS ABOUT QUITTING SMOKING?: Never Give Up on Giving Up!
Form for use when applying for Smoking Quit Kit from PHA.
  
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28 LT 49: WANT 2 STOP! Wallet Card
Wallet card promotes the smokers' helpline number 0808 812 8008 and the
www.want2stop.info website which provide support and information on local stop smoking services.
  
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CANCER PREVENTION AND EARLY DETECTION

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21 LT 29: SUNBEDS:  LOOK A LITTLE DEEPER
This leaflet warns against the dangers of using sunbeds, most notably skin cancer, and offers advice on the Health and Safety Guidelines that sunbed operators should abide by.
  
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21 LT 42: CERVICAL SCREENING:  YOUR RESULTS EXPLAINED
Leaflet explains the results of the cervical screening test which is designed to pick up any changes in cells on the cervix (lower part of the womb) so they can be easily and effectively monitored or treated.
(Translations are available to download from
www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications)
   
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21 LT 45: BREAST AWARENESS LOOKING OUT FOR CHANGES
Leaflet describes how women should be aware of what is normal for them and how they should check their breasts regularly for any changes that are new to them.  It highlights possible changes that should be checked immediately by a GP.
(Translations are available to download from
www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications)
  
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21 LT 50: HANDS UP!
Leaflet explaining how knowing your skin type can help people stop burning in the sun and help prevent skin cancer.  It shows the 6 different skin types and gives sun care advice for each skin type.
  
 
21 LT 55: TESTICULAR CANCER: HOW TO SPOT THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Leaflet presents facts about testicular cancer including warning signs and how to check yourself.
  
 
21 LT 56: LOOKING FOR A CHANGE
Leaflet illustrates how to spot changes in your skin that could be skin cancer.
  
 
21 LT 58: PROSTATE CANCER: HOW TO SPOT THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Leaflet provides information about Prostate Cancer and outlines the most common symptoms.
  
 
21 LT 61: The NORTHERN IRELAND BREAST SCREENING PROGRAMME
Leaflet provides information on the NHS Breast Screening Programme.  It explains the benefits of breast screening for women.
(Translations are available to download from
www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications)
   
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21 LT 72 OVER 70 - WHAT NOW?: Looking after your breasts
This leaflet describes changes you should be aware of and who to contact for advice.
  
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21 LT 62: OVARIAN CANCER LEAFLET (Pink)
Swollen tummy? Need to wee more? Tummy pain? Always feeling full?   Leaflet provides information on symptoms of ovarian cancer.
(Translations are available to download at 
www.targetovariancancer.org.uk)
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BREASTFEEDING

19 LT 09: BREASTFEEDING OUT AND ABOUT
This leaflet provides information and advice for mums on making breastfeeding part of their everyday life.  It also highlights the introduction of the "Breastfeeding welcome here" scheme.
  
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19 LT 10: BREASTFEEDING YOUR ILL OR PREMATURE BABY
This booklet provides information about the benefits of breastfeeding for ill or premature babies in intensive care, as well as advice on how to express milk, maintain good supply of milk and correct storage of breast milk.  Details of local contacts for further information and advice are also included.
  
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19 LT 11: WHAT DADS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BREASTFEEDING
Leaflet is aimed at expectant and new fathers and informs them of the importance of breastfeeding to the health of their family and what practical steps they can take to help support their partner's decision to breastfeed.  It also outlines ways in which fathers of breastfed babies can feel involved with the care of their baby and includes quotes from fathers of breastfed babies.
  
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19 LT 15: PROMOTING BREASTFEEDING FOR MOTHERS RETURNING TO WORK
A GUIDE FOR EMPLOYERS

Leaflet gives guidelines on supporting mothers to continue breastfeeding on returning to work.
  
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19 LT 16: A GRANDPARENT'S GUIDE TO SUPPORTING BREASTFEEDING
Leaflet is for grandparents who want to support a daughter, or son's partner, who has decided to breastfeed.  It aims to answer some questions or concerns you may have.
  
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19 LT 18: BREASTFEEDING AND RETURNING TO WORK
Booklet has been written to help pregnant women and new mothers who are thinking about combining breastfeeding and working
  
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DRUGS

29 LT 06: WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT DRUGS?
Leaflet is targeted at 11 - 13 year olds and provides information about the appearance, street names and effects of various drugs including; cannabis, LSD, magic mushrooms, Ecstasy, solvents, poppers, speed, cocaine, crack, heroin, alcohol and tobacco.  It also provides contact details for the National Drugs Helpline.
  
 
29 LT 07: YOUR BODY, YOUR LIFE, YOUR CHOICE:
This booklet for 14-17 year olds contains the facts about drugs and solvents, their effects, their risks, how to deal with problems, facts about what the law says, what medics say and generally how to stay safe.
  
 
29 LT 08: DRUGS AND SOLVENTS A GUIDE FOR PARENTS
Leaflet provides parents and adults in Northern Ireland with facts about drug use among young people.  It describes different drugs and what they look like.  Also provides information on where to get help if you are concerned.
  
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MISCELLANEOUS

PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH

16 LT 30: FOLIC ACID ONE OF LIFE'S ESSENTIALS
This leaflet explains the importance of taking folic acid before becoming pregnant, to help protect an unborn baby from neural tube defects such as Spina bifida.
  
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IMMUNISATION

17 LT 09: FLU IS MORE SERIOUS THAN YOU THINK: GET THE VACCINE NOW
This leaflet explains what the flu is and how serious it can be for older people and those in the 'at risk' groups.  It provides information about the vaccine, such as when is the best time to be vaccinated, how the vaccine works, how effective it is and any side effects that may arise from taking it.  It also aims to provide reassurance that the vaccine cannot give people the flu.
  
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17 LT 37: IMMUNISATION FOR BABIES - up to a year old
This booklet provides information on the routine immunisations that are given to babies up to a year old to protect them from serious childhood diseases. It describes the DtaP/IPV/Hib, pneumococcal, rotavirus and MenB vaccines.
(Translations are available to download from
www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications
  
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17 LT 92: ARE YOU AGED 14-18 YEARS OLD?: Protect yourself against Meningitis and Septicaemia
If you are aged 14-18 years old (or aged up to 25 years and starting university for the first time this year) you need to get the MenACWY vaccination before you leave school or soon after.  This leaflet explains why.
(Translations are available to download from
www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications)
  
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17 LT 77: HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE WORKERS: DON'T RISK FLU INFECTION
Protect yourself, your family and your patients - get vaccinated early
This leaflet explains why health and social care workers should receive the new flu vaccine. It provides a range of information, including how to get vaccinated, how the vaccine works, how effective it is and possible side effects.
   
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17 LT 80: IMMUNISATION FOR BABIES JUST AFTER THEIR FIRST BIRTHDAY
This booklet provides the facts about the vaccines babies will receive just after their first birthday: the first MMR vaccine and the PCV and Hib/Men C booster vaccines
(Translations are available to download from
www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications)
  
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17 LT 81: IMMUNISATION FOR PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN:  THREE YEARS AND FOUR MONTHS OLD
This leaflet contains the facts about the diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio booster vaccine, and the second MMR vaccine given to children before they go to school.
(Translations are available to download from
www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications)
  
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17 LT 88: FLU IS MORE SERIOUS THAN YOU THINK: GET THE FLU VACCINE TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR BABY
This leaflet explains why pregnant women should receive the flu vaccine and outlines how it also protects the unborn child. It provides a range of information about the vaccine, including how to get vaccinated, how the vaccine works, how effective it is and possible side effects.
  
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17 LT 91: AGED 70 OR 78?  THERE'S NOW A VACCINE TO HELP PROTECT YOU AGAINST SHINGLES
Leaflet describes shingles and the benefits of the vaccination.  The vaccine will be phased in over the next few years. All people aged 70 on 1 September 2016 will be offered the vaccine, as well as those aged 78 on 1 September 2016.
  
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SPECIFIC CONDITIONS

24 LT 34: HEPATITIS B:  COULD I BE AT RISK
Leaflet provides information on Hepatitis B, what it is, how it can be passed on and how to avoid it.
(Translations are available to download from
www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications)
  
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