The Health Well research database

The Health Well

The Health Well is an all-island (Ireland and Northern Ireland) health information website that promotes health and wellbeing by supporting evidence-informed decision making.It is managed by Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH).  The Health Well will help you get up to date information on best evidence practice for chronic conditions management. 

NICE UK- National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


Evidence care pathways and guidance documents relating to physical activity and health.

CARDI PA Ageing Health Older AdultsCARDI Physical Activity Ageing and Health Older Adults 2014
TILDA Walking for Wellbeing 2016TILDA Walking to Wellbeing Older Adults 2016
SportsMonitor2015Irish Sports Monitor Report 2015
ISC Sports Monitor 2013 Irish Sports Monitor Report 2013 on participation levels of adults
 PA Sport Older Adults 2007 Physical Activity and Sport: Participation and Attitudes of Older People in Ireland 2007
 PA Sport OA 2011  Physical Activity and Sport 2011: Participation and Attitudes of Older People in Ireland.
 Sporting Lives 2008Sporting Lives an Analysis of a Lifetime of Irish Sport 2008
Sport IrelandSport Ireland Research publications link:
ISC Economic Impact of Sport 2010Assessment of economic impact of sport in Ireland 2010

Over 2007 and 2009 the Irish Sports Council has collaborated with the Economic and Social Research Institute to produce a series of reports on adult participation in sport in various regions throughout the country. The reports are based on the data from the Council's Irish Sports Monitor which is the national monitor for participation in sport among adults (aged 16+).  To date 8 such reports have been produced having been commissioned by relevant Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs). In the majority of cases the results from two or more LSPs have been combined in the report due to sample size constraints. The analysis within the reports is intended to be of interest and assistance to those involved in the promotion of sport and exercise in the relevant areas, including Local Authorities, the LSPs, clubs and volunteers.

More Information can be found here Regional Participation Data 

British Heart Foundation National Centre Evidence Briefing Papers   

BHF Economic Costs InactivityKey facts to build an economic argument for the need to reduce levels of physical inactivity.

The document is designed to provide physical activity and health professionals, commissioners and policy makers with the key facts to help build an economic argument for the need to decrease levels of physical inactivity within the population. It also provides real world examples of potential savings that could be made from increases in physical activity levels

 BHF Making the CASe PA  Making the case for physical activity

This document explains the health and social benefits of physical activity. It summarises evidence that can be used to convince commissioners, policy makers, partners and funding bodies to support physical activity programmes in order to improve quality of life. The document offers a one stop shop for research that supports the use of physical activity to:

  • prevent ill health and reduce the number of people dying prematurely
  • enhance mental health, quality of life and self-reported wellbeing
  • delay the need for care in older adults (age 65+)
  • reduce health inequalities and improve wider factors influencing health and wellbeing.
  BHF Sedentary BriefingSedentary behaviour

This BHFNC evidence briefing provides an overview of the evidence relating to sedentary behaviour and public health. It defines sedentary behaviour and summarises the risks and current levels as well as the implications for policy and practice. It also reviews the evidence for the effectiveness of interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour providing an overview of the evidence on sedentary behaviour and public health. 

American Heart Association Research

American heart Association

I’ve always considered myself a sports fanatic – but only when it came to watching other people do it! Three years ago, I decided to give running a go. So armed with my iphone, the couch to 5k app and hidden from the world on a secluded beach close to my home, I started to move... slowly. Jogging for 30 seconds to start with felt like an eternity. But somehow, I managed to keep moving and got to my goal of running 5k without stopping (or keeling over!) within a couple of months. But to get any better, I knew I couldn’t do it alone. It was then that I took the next step and joined my local athletic club, entered my first 10k (the Great Ireland Run) and I haven’t looked back since. Time wise, it is easy to fit into a busy life. Training takes place for an hour three times a week, with a long slow run on a Sunday. Three years on and a second child added to the family (I continued to run a slow 5k throughout my pregnancy), I have just completed a half marathon, something I would have thought impossible not that long ago. Running has given me energy, confidence, a new circle of friends and much needed head space away from the demands of work and parenting.

 Joanne, Drogheda, Co. Louth