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DIT signs up to the Healthy Ireland Charter

Posted: 25 July, 2017

DIT President, Professor Brian Norton, has signed the Healthy Ireland Charter supporting a vision of Ireland where “everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential.”

DITSU Vice-President for Welfare, Roisin O’Donovan and Vice-President for Education, Pierre Yimbog and DIT President Professor Brian Norton enjoy a laugh with DIT Sports Camp attendees at the signing of the Health Ireland Charter last week. Holding the pencil are: L-R Jude McGivern (6), Thomas Roe Keville (7), Kate White (6), Patrick Gormley (6), Danny Mooney (6) and Lily White (9

The President was assisted in the signing ceremony by local children attending the DIT Multi-Sports Camp and by students and staff of DIT.

In implementing the Charter, DIT will continue to develop the new campus at Grangegorman as a Health Promoting campus. The campus has been designed to encourage and support cycling and walking and includes jog trails around the sports fields. Over 93% of DIT students now use sustainable methods to get to classes, with many of those cycling or walking. In the past two years, DIT has opened two all-weather pitches and two full-size turf pitches, all flood-lit, as well as tennis courts. The new campus is also designed to benefit the local community, and one of the first facilities to open on the campus was a children’s playground.

In 2014, DIT became the first large third level college to end the sale of cigarettes on campus, and our Health Promotion Action plan sets out targets for calorie labelling on menus, providing supports around positive mental health, and further actions to reduce the harmful impact of tobacco and alcohol use. 

‌Speaking at the signing DIT President, Professor Brian Norton noted, “Today’s commitment to the Healthy Ireland Charter is an important step in realising our vision of a sustainable, health-promoting campus for DIT students and staff, and we also hope that the local community will benefit from the opening up of the campus with green spaces, walks, playgrounds and sports facilities.”

Commenting on the news, Roisin O’Donovan, DITSU Vice-President for Welfare said; “DIT Students’ Union welcomes today’s commitment from DIT to support the wellbeing of students, particularly around mental health which has been an issue in recent years, so we’re delighted to see this positive action from DIT.”