Health Promotion

Health promotion aims to empower and educate individuals and their communities to make informed, positive healthy decisions.

At Action Cancer our two key health promotion messages are prevention and early detection.

We deliver these messages across Northern Ireland through a range of health promotion activities and in a variety of settings including schools, workplaces and community groups.

Prevention

Up to 50% of certain cancers can be prevented by making small, simple changes to our lifestyle such as: not smoking, eating a healthy balanced diet, keeping physically active and taking care of your skin in the sun.

Early detection

Being aware of your own body and attending available screening tests can aid early detection of cancer and greatly increase the chance of successful treatment and longer survival.

Meet the Team

Marie McAuley BSc (Hons)

Health Promotion Officer

I have worked in the area of health promotion and dietetics following the completion of my BSc Hons degree in Food, Quality, Safety and Nutrition from Queen’s University Belfast. Previously I spent time working in the USA with a community nutrition team and my most recent role was in the Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service for Health and Social Care Trust here in Northern Ireland. Since completing my degree I have obtained further health promotion training as a Cook It and Weigh to Health tutor and I am also a trained Walk Leader.

I started with Action Cancer in June 2013, within my role of Health Promotion Officer I have had the opportunity to work closely with community groups, schools and workplaces facilitating healthy lifestyle and cancer awareness programmes, giving people the opportunity to make positive lifestyle changes in relation to diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol and sun safety.

Contact me at [email protected] 

Amy Thompson BSc (Hons)

Health Promotion Officer

I have been working in the Health Promotion Team at Action Cancer since 2014 delivering health improvement and education programmes in a range of settings. I developed my skills and a keen interest in Health Promotion while completing BSc Human Nutrition at Ulster University. I gained invaluable experience while completing my DPP working on health improvement programmes and nutrition research in Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE). At Action Cancer I have had the opportunity to complete many training courses, such as Education and Training Level 3 and Walk Leader Training.

My role as Health Promotion Officer gives me the opportunity to put my knowledge and skills into practice while continuously developing. On a daily basis I work in a wide range of settings across the whole of Northern Ireland including schools, workplaces, community groups and hard to reach groups. I work closely with both children and adults informing them how best to lead a healthier lifestyle and reduce their risk of cancer and other preventable illnesses, through education on cancer awareness, the importance of healthy eating, the dangers of smoking and alcohol and importance of sun safety.

Contact me at [email protected]

Anne Thompson BSc (Hons), MSc

Health Promotion Officer

Since completing my MSc In Health Promotion and Population Health in 2010, I have been working in this field within a wide variety of areas.  I have spent time working in community settings on DARD and PHA funded programmes, which have included the initiatives of working with older and vulnerable adults, men’s health awareness projects and also working with 16-24 year olds. During my time working within these areas I have continued to further develop and enhance my skills, I have completed training courses on Smoking Cessation Specialism, Walk Leader Training, OCN Level 1,2 and 3 Alcohol and Drugs Awareness Training, alongside this I was privileged to work on the development of a Health Literacy course, which has since been OCN accredited.

I started working with Action Cancer in February 2017, this role has given me the opportunity to continue enhancing my skills and knowledge further, whilst allowing me to put all my skills into practice to better inform people how to lead healthier lifestyles and reduce their risk of cancer and other preventable illnesses, this is done via working in school, community and workplace settings through key messages in relation to diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol and staying safe in the sun.

Contact me at [email protected]

Amy Thompson BSc (Hons)

Health Promotion Officer

I have been working in the Health Promotion Team at Action Cancer since 2014 delivering health improvement and education programmes in a range of settings. I developed my skills and a keen interest in Health Promotion while completing BSc Human Nutrition at Ulster University. I gained invaluable experience while completing my DPP working on health improvement programmes and nutrition research in Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE). At Action Cancer I have had the opportunity to complete many training courses, such as Education and Training Level 3 and Walk Leader Training.

My role as Health Promotion Officer gives me the opportunity to put my knowledge and skills into practice while continuously developing. On a daily basis I work in a wide range of settings across the whole of Northern Ireland including schools, workplaces, community groups and hard to reach groups. I work closely with both children and adults informing them how best to lead a healthier lifestyle and reduce their risk of cancer and other preventable illnesses, through education on cancer awareness, the importance of healthy eating, the dangers of smoking and alcohol and importance of sun safety.

Contact me at [email protected]

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For further information on our programmes please contact a member of our Health Promotion Team on 028 9080 3344.