Southern Area FYI Newsletter Issue 85

Welcome to the 85th edition of our information bulletin, ‘FYI’ (For Your Information).

Download Issue 85 here

(Note: FYI will download directly to your device.  Look out for the pop up box and click on open file when it appears)

We have included our new publication, ‘Summer Is Coming’, on page 3, to highlight summer activities for children and young people. You will also see more opportunities throughout this edition which have been submitted individually.

We have also included an updated version of the CYPSP Resource Pack, with even more activities & opportunities for children & young people, on page 4.

Please make sure to follow the link on page 5 to see the positive impact ‘FYI’ has amongst our readership and in communities.

‘FYI’ will be available monthly during July & August, so please continue to send us information for sharing. (See page 43 for issue dates.)

Joanne Patterson & Darren Curtis, Locality Development Team, Southern Area

New Public Health Dietitians YouTube Channel


Public Health Dietitians YouTube channel is now live

Subscribe to “Public Health Dietitians” on YouTube at


 Press Release

A new YouTube channel is set to bring the healthy eating and nutrition expertise of dietitians to the palms of the hands of people in Northern Ireland.

The ‘Public Health Dietitians’ channel is a partnership between the Public Health Dietitians Group (PHDG) Northern Ireland and the Public Health Agency (PHA) which is going live this Dietitians Week (June 20- 24).

The online outlet will host videos of all things nutrition, from healthy recipes to webinars with advice on nutrition for all stages of life. Dr Hannah Dearie, Senior Officer for Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement with PHA said:

“We are absolutely delighted to work with the PHDG across Northern Ireland on this new informative and easily accessible channel.

“The PHDG works to equip people to make better food and nutrition choices to improve their health. They support every life stage from babies to older people and everything in between; whether it’s providing top tips for introducing solids to your baby or offering more insight into how food can affect our mood and health.

“On the new channel you will be able to access free healthy recipe videos and nutrition webinars from Registered Nutritionists and Dietitians on topics from dealing with fussy eating, to weight management and eating well on a budget, to menopause and eating well as you age.”

Jill Stewart, Public Health Dietitian with the Northern Trust who is a member of the PHDG said that the innovative group have used social media and live nutrition webinars throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to reach the public in new ways.

A survey carried out by the group in September 2021 asked the public what nutrition topics interested them and webinars were subsequently developed on the most popular themes.

“We are really proud and excited to launch the Public Health Dietitians YouTube channel – we have worked hard to provide a top quality, reliable and accessible service, and we hope that the public will find it useful,” said Jill.

“There is so much information about nutrition available in the media and online – unfortunately a lot of it is not evidence based.

“Dietitians are qualified and regulated health professionals who use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease to promote health and prevent nutrition-related diseases. The PHDG are passionate about providing the public with nutrition information they can trust.”

The new YouTube channel is free and available to access at any time. Subscribe to “Public Health Dietitians” on YouTube at

PHDG are a group of Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists and support staff who work across Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts in Northern Ireland and are commissioned by the PHA.



Free Online Nutrition Webinars – July 2022

Sign up for these FREE nutrition webinars with Registered Dietitians throughout July! Open to everyone.

If the dates/times don’t suit or for other nutrition topics, pre-recorded webinars are available to watch on-demand at: Public Health Dietitians – YouTube



Gut Health – Wednesday 6th July @ 12pm.

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Feeding under 5s – Wednesday 20th July @ 11am

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Causeway Neurodiversity – Summer Activities

Causeway Neurodiversity are holding a number of events during July and August for children with neurodiverse conditions including ASD, ADHD, Tourette’s Dyspraxia etc.

Note: Activities incur a charge

Mobile Gaming – 8 July 2022 – North Coast Integrated College, Coleraine (download flyer for further information including cost & booking details) 

Lego Workshop & Paper Crafts – 20 July 2022 – Sheskburn Recreation Centre, Ballycastle (download flyer for further information including cost & booking details) 

Pony Treking – 4 August 2022 – Shean’s Farm, Armoy (download flyer for further information including cost & booking details)

Closed Swimming Session – 17 August 2022 – Joey Dunlop Centre (download flyer for further information including cost & booking details)

Children & Young People’s Resource Pack – June 2022

The Children & Young People’s Resource Pack has been refreshed and updated to include more resources on disability, mental health, bereavement, education, plus much more.  Make sure to check out the new indoor, outdoor and Summer activity ideas to help keep the kids entertained including colouring/activity sheets and recipe ideas.

Download your copy here

(Note: The Resource Pack will download directly to your device.  Look out for the pop up box and click on open file when it appears)

The resource pack will be updated again over the Summer period, so keep an eye out on our website and social media platforms.