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[13-Jul-2022] Nina Carberry, David Gillick and Dr Brian Carson help launch Vhi’s ‘More Than Running’ campaign

‘More Than Running’ from Vhi wants to encourage people to attend parkrun this summer by highlighting the associated health benefits that taking part in parkrun brings to its participants.

13th July 2022: Former jockey Nina Carberry, Olympian David Gillick and Exercise Physiologist Dr Brian Carson today launched Vhi’s More Than Running campaign in Newbridge House and Gardens, Donabate, Co Dublin. 

More Than Running highlights the various health benefits that participating in parkrun can bring to all its participants. parkrun in partnership with Vhi is the biggest community-led physical activity movement in Ireland and is open to everyone no matter your age, ability or background. Anyone can come along and take part as a walker, jogger, runner and also as a volunteer.

With events in every county in Ireland, parkrun, in partnership with Vhi, takes place each Saturday morning at 9.30am in more than 100 locations across the country and is free to take part in. In Ireland, more than 8,000 people take part every weekend, as walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers. Participants only need to register once on the parkrun website (parkrun.ie), bring their personal barcode which records their activity, and then turn up at any event.

Less than half of Irish adults reach the recommended guidelines for physical activity (54% of males and just 38% of females). This decreases even further as we age to as low as 33% over the age of 65 and  just 20% after 75.

Dr Brian Carson, University of Limerick lecturer and Exercise Physiologist, says even minor changes to your routine can have a positive effect on your health, and encourages people who haven’t previously experienced a parkrun to take that first step this summer;

“Many people are understandably overwhelmed when it comes to taking steps to improve their health and fitness. The key is to take it step by step, and parkrun is an excellent way to do this in a friendly, positive community setting. Even a small increase of one additional hour per week in the amount of exercise you do has a protective effect on your heart and vascular health*, so walking or running 5km at a reasonable pace at your local parkrun on a Saturday morning can provide you with these benefits.”

Dr Carson suggests that no matter your current fitness level even a small increase in the amount of physical activity you do can have multiple health benefits, with studies and scientific research offering the following reasons to get active:

  • Exercise has been proven to be beneficial in the treatment of 26 chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes as well as respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.**
  • By limiting the time you spend sedentary (i.e. not moving) and replacing it with sufficient physical activity of any intensity, you can almost halve your likelihood of encountering cardiovascular disease and lowers the risk of stroke by over a quarter.***
  • In a recent study of over 60,000 parkrun participants, new participants who were previously inactive reported improvements to fitness, physical health, happiness and mental health.****

Vhi, as presenting partner of parkrun are delighted that this summer, they will be visiting parkruns in Dublin, Limerick and Cork. The More Than Running ambassadors Nina Carberry and David Gillick will be in attendance so it promises to be a fun-filled morning and they are looking forward to meeting all the parkrunners in the various locations.

Brighid Smyth, Head of Corporate Communications in Vhi said, “Here at Vhi we love that there is a place for everyone at parkrun, whether you want to walk, jog, run or volunteer. Vhi is committed to helping our customers and communities live longer, stronger, healthier lives and our partnership with parkrun helps us deliver this. Therefore we’re delighted to launch the ‘More Than Running’ campaign today with our fantastic ambassadors Nina Carberry, David Gillick and Dr Brian Carson, which outlines the potential health benefits that parkrun participation can offer.”

Matt Shields, parkrun Ireland Country Manager said: “parkrun and physical activity have never been more important. Whether it’s your first ever time at parkrun, whether you’re volunteering, whether you’ve walked to the park to spectate, it’s all participation to us and that’s what parkrun is all about. No matter how you’re starting, parkrun provides a regular opportunity for everyone to take a positive step in their life.”

Nina Carberry commented “I’m proud to be an ambassador for Vhi’s More Than Running campaign. I know as well as anyone that work and family commitments mean it can be really difficult to maintain an exercise routine. Having a parkrun to aim for on a Saturday morning, no matter how you plan to participate, means that you’re not only reaping the social benefits of such a communal event, but you’re also having a positive impact on your health.”

Vhi ambassador David Gillick said “What I love most about parkrun is how easy it is to get involved, no matter your current ability level. The health benefits of adding parkrun to your weekly routine means that by throwing on your runners on a Saturday morning, and going to your local parkrun event to walk, jog, run or volunteer along the route, you’re setting yourself up not just for the weekend but for life.”

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Notes to the editor:

Research

* Oguma and Shinoda-Tagawa, 2004

** Pedersen and Saltin, 2015

*** Coelho-Ravagnani et al., 2021; and Hu et al. 2000

**** Quirke et al., 2021

 

More Than Running parkrun events – Summer 2022

For more information:

23rd July – Mungret parkrun, Co Limerick with Vhi ambassador David Gillick

6th of August – Tymon parkrun, Co Dublin with Vhi ambassador David Gillick

13th of August – Poppintree parkrun, Co Dublin with Vhi ambassador Nina Carberry

27th of August – Ballincollig parkrun, Co Cork with Vhi ambassador Nina Carberry

 

About Vhi

  • Vhi is Ireland’s leading health insurer and have been presenting partners with parkrun since 2016
  • Vhi has a long history of supporting activities that promote healthy lifestyles, particularly in the area of participative running
  • Vhi also sponsors the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon
  • Vhi mission is to help people live longer, stronger, healthier lives and they want to support people nationwide to lace up their runners, get active and take part in a running event in 2021
  • www.Vhi.ie / www.facebook.com/vhihealthcare / @Vhi_ie

 

 

 

Vhi_Press

13-Jul-2022

[22-Jun-2022] Vhi Health & Wellbeing Fund Awards Grants to 11 Youth Projects

Funding goes to groups with impactful ideas to support young people to strengthen resilience and manage anxiety

22nd June 2022 - Vhi and the Irish Youth Foundation (IYF) today announced details of the eleven projects awarded grants through the Vhi Health and Wellbeing Fund.

Now in its second year, the Vhi Health & Wellbeing Fund, supports projects that aim to strengthen resilience in young people and help them manage anxiety. Non-profit charity organisations who work with young people in Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny and Limerick were invited to apply for a share of the €85,000 Fund.

The launch of the Fund came at a critical time for youth focused organisations, when research carried out by the Irish Youth Foundation showed that almost two-thirds of youth organisations had seen a reduction in funding streams following the impact of Covid-19. At the same time, eight in ten youth clubs were experiencing an increase in the number of young people needing their services in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Winning projects include a  project in Galway  that  offers support to  young people  with care experience (foster care) who are struggling with mental health and anxiety to enable them to access courses and training opportunities; In West Cork young people will be taught to surf  over the course of eight weeks, and in doing so build their confidence and strength;  and in Kilkenny  a wellbeing programme will take young people out into nature for a  combination of forest therapy  and mentoring to resource them with lifelong wellbeing and resilience practices.

The 11 winning organisations are:

  • Turn2Me
  • Community Creations;
  • Way2Work Ireland;
  • SCOOP Foundation;
  • Bradóg Youth Services;
  • Irish Refugee Council;
  • West Cork Development Partnership;
  • Spraoi agus Spórt Family Centre;
  • Venture Out Wilderness Project CLG;
  • The Acorn Project
  • Dóchas Midwest Autism Support.

Dr Nick Young, Chief Clinical Officer, Vhi Health & Wellbeing, said: “Through the Vhi Health & Wellbeing Fund we aim to live our mission to help people live longer, stronger, healthier lives. This is the second year of the Vhi Health & Wellbeing Fund, and this year, we wanted to continue our support of young people and help the organisations they engage with to provide the supports that are so critical at the moment to help them navigate uncertainty, strengthen their resilience and manage their anxiety. We’re delighted to be awarding grants to another eleven organisations this year and look forward to seeing these ideas delivered in coming months.”

Lucy Masterson, CEO, Irish Youth Foundation, said: “We were delighted to partner with Vhi again this year. This current generation of young people have had so much to deal with in the last couple of years that projects like these that invest directly in youth supports are vital to help them overcome the challenges they’ve experienced and move ahead with the confidence and resilience to manage their future. The eleven successful organisations have some great project ideas, and I can’t wait to see them come to life and hopefully other youth orientated organisations can learn from the impact these projects will have.”

For more information about the Vhi Health & Wellbeing Fund visit https://iyf.ie/grants/.

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For further information please contact:

Amy Nora-Fitzgibbon, Q4PR: amy@q4pr.ie / 086-1026022

Suzanne Sullivan, Q4PR: ssullivan@q4pr.ie / 086-3797291

Notes to Editor

Research undertaken by Irish Youth Foundation

The research was undertaken by the Irish Youth Foundation during the month of September 2021 where 81 Youth Leaders responded.

Summary of Eleven Organisations Awarded Grants

Organisation Name

County

Project Description

Turn2me

Nationwide

A national mental health charity, Turn2Me will be delivering 20 mental health seminars for secondary students in schools in the six counties where Vhi have offices.

Community Creations / spunout

Nationwide

Develop a Mental Skills Hub: a library of resources accessible online and promoted to young people who want to strengthen their resilience by gaining a deeper understanding of their thoughts and feelings.

Way 2 Work Ireland

Nationwide

Create a two-tier support programme for young people with experience of foster care who are struggling with their mental health. They will create a one-to-one training opportunity to support young people who might be experiencing anxiety and they will create two group trainings - 'Wellbeing & Resilience' and 'Personal & Professional Development'.

SCOOP Foundation

Dublin

SCOOP will run a 4-week introduction to a mindfulness course called "Learning to Press Pause”. The course is based on evidence-based practices drawn from the gold standard 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme.

Bradóg Youth Services and Just Ask

Dublin

Extend the VIBES project, which they piloted from the Vhi fund last year, with two new elements: 'Mind your mental health' (positive vibes) peer training and education workshops for positive mental health across the north inner city.

Irish Refugee Council

Dublin & Galway

This funding will support a wellbeing project called 'Move your Mood'. Move your Mood is a wellbeing project for young people aged 18 to 25 years who are in the international protection process. Move Your Mood project proposes an interdisciplinary approach to wellbeing and

aims to increase the resilience of young people through creative and physical activities.

West Cork Development Partnership

Cork

Will deliver "Surf to Heal" project. Over the course of eight weeks (1 session per week) in July and August, eight young people per group will learn how to surf under the supervision of qualified instructors and Ability West Cork staff.

Spraoi agus Spórt Family Centre

Donegal 

Funding will be used for their 'Hopeful Minds' project - an early intervention mental health promotion programme that aims to build and strengthen resilience in young people and help them to recognise and manage anxiety. The

Hopeful Minds programme will be delivered directly to 12–25-year old's, with Hopeful Minds Ambassador training for their parents.

Venture Out Wilderness Project CLG

Galway

Will deliver a creative and experiential school-based programme for young boys and men, aiming to promote their health and wellbeing, while also addressing issues around what it is to be a man in today’s world. 

The Acorn Project

Kilkenny

Will create "The Journey Home" - a 9-month nature immersion and forest therapy programme for young people. Their nature-based wellbeing programme is a combination of forest therapy, story exchange, mentoring and ancestral skills (using tools, fire by friction, foraging, traditional wood crafts) to resource young people with lifelong wellbeing and resilience practices.

Dóchas Midwest Autism Support

Limerick

Dóchas provides support to children and young adults with Autism in the Midwest region. The goal of this project is to work with schools within Limerick to develop workshops and site visits to decrease the fear and anxiety around transitioning from primary to secondary school for children with Autism.

 

 

Vhi_Press

22-Jun-2022

[07-Apr-2022] Vhi reports an increase in revenue for 2021

Membership grows for the seventh year in a row

Vhi returns €450m in value to customers in recognition of the drop in claims due to the ongoing pandemic

 

7th April 2022 - Vhi today announced details of its annual results for the year ending 31 December 2021. Despite the ongoing challenging environment created by the pandemic, Vhi achieved a solid financial performance with an increase in revenue, and growth in membership for the seventh year in a row. 

In 2021, Vhi achieved a net surplus of €65.3 million from consolidated business activities. This represents an increase on last year when the net surplus was €52.7 million and was largely driven by strong membership performance. The gross earned premium for private health insurance in 2021 came to €1.589 billion. This was also up on 2020 when it came in at €1.506 billion. In addition, Private Health Insurance membership grew this year, totaling 1,154,100, in comparison to 1,131,900 in 2020. Total claims paid in 2021 amounted to €1.295 billion, compared to €1.147 billion in 2020, an increase of 13 per cent. Income from insurance products and services other than private health insurance amounted to €26.2 million during the year, which was down marginally from €28.6 million in 2020, nevertheless a robust result in the context of the second year of the pandemic. At the end of December 2021, Vhi had free reserves of €859 million, compared to the previous year’s €773 million.

As the only health insurer that exists solely to meet the healthcare needs of its customers, the reduction in claims informed Vhi’s decision to waive premium for its customers on three occasions in 2020, 2021 and 2022 returning a total of €450m in value to our customers.

Vhi continued to provide customers with access to superior and affordable health and wellbeing services that meet their healthcare needs at various life stages.  In 2021, there was strong growth in the number of Vhi customers and patients who directly accessed Vhi’s growing healthcare supports with over 380,000 healthcare interactions, up by about 28% from last year. In addition, the Vhi 360 Health Centre in Limerick successfully completed its first full year in operation and in December 2021, Vhi announced the opening of a new flagship 5,000 square metre Vhi 360 Health Centre in Carrickmines, Dublin.

Key financial results for the year ending 31 December 2021 included:

  • Gross earned premium for private health insurance in 2021 came to €1.589 billion. This was up on 2020 when it came in at €1.506 billion.
  • Private Health Insurance membership grew this year, totalling 1,154,100, in comparison to 1,131,900 in 2020.
  • After tax results to 31 December 2021 showed a net surplus of €65.3 million from consolidated business activities. This is an increase on 2020 when the net surplus was €52.7 million.
  • Total claims paid in 2021 amounted to €1.295 billion, compared to €1.147 billion in 2020, an increase of 13 per cent.
  • Income from insurance products and services other than private health insurance amounted to €26.2 million during the year.
  • At the end of December 2021, Vhi had free reserves of €859 million, compared to the previous year’s €773 million.

Commenting on the annual results for the year end 31 December 2021, Mr Declan Moran, Vhi Group CEO said “The COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact the healthcare environment throughout 2021, restricting access to many healthcare facilities and services across the country. Despite this impact on access, demand for Vhi private health insurance remained strong, supported by innovative health and wellbeing benefits including new and enhanced digital benefits and mental health supports. Wellness programmes were received really well with strong participation from corporate employees. As part of our response to Covid, Vhi introduced supports for customers experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic.”   

“As demand for, and utilisation of, digital technologies continues to grow, including online GP consultations and mindfulness and meditation apps, we have continued to adapt our technologies to improve the online experience for our customers. We delivered over 46,000 GP online consultations and 90% of our customers are using “Snap and Send” to submit their primary care claims through the Vhi App.”

Commenting on the market generally Declan Moran said: “Community  Rating is an important feature of the private health insurance market that ensures older and sicker customers can continue to purchase affordable health cover irrespective of their age, health status or past claims. Risk Equalisation is an essential factor in helping realise this goal. The Risk Equalisation scheme has steadily improved over time and Vhi welcomes the expansion in health credits through the introduction of a high-cost claimant’s pool. This will help underpin Community Rating.”

Concluding, Declan Moran said: “I want to thank our customers for choosing Vhi. We are committed to supporting our customer’s live longer, stronger, healthier lives and continuing to play an important role in Ireland’s healthcare as the country continues to mitigate the ongoing public healthcare challenge presented by COVID-19. On that note, I would like to thank all my colleagues for their hard work and dedication in the past year and especially to my colleagues on the frontline who continued to deliver the best patient care in very uncertain times.”

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Issued by:

Brighid Smyth / Sile Murphy

Vhi Group Services DAC

Ph: 086 827 0905 / 086 0288 132

Brighid.smyth@vhi.ie / sile.murphy@vhi.ie

 

Vhi_Press

07-Apr-2022

[04-Apr-2022] Anne O’Connor appointed Managing Director Vhi Health and Wellbeing

4th April 2022 - Vhi is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne O’Connor as Managing Director, Vhi Health & Wellbeing. Anne joins Vhi from the HSE where she currently holds the positon of Chief Operations Officer. From August 2nd 2022 she will lead Vhi’s Health & Wellness business and will join Vhi Group’s Senior Leadership Team.

Vhi Health & Wellbeing, a subsidiary of the Vhi Group, delivers a range of health & wellbeing services through a growing network of healthcare facilities to Vhi’s 1.1 million customers. Vhi owns and operates healthcare services including Vhi SwiftCare Clinics, Health Screening Centre’s, Paediatric Clinics and Vhi Hospital@Home services.  In 2020 Vhi launched its first Vhi 360 Health Centre in Limerick and in February 2022 opened the doors to a new 5,000 square metre flagship facility in Carrickmines, Co Dublin. This new facility brings an integrative healthcare model to Ireland for the first time and has the potential to transform how care is delivered. Plans are also underway to develop a similar facility on the Northside of Dublin.

Vhi Health & Wellbeing is integral to the Vhi Group strategy. Anne O’Connor’s operational experience in overseeing the extensive HSE services and its staff will be invaluable as Vhi continues to execute this strategy in the years ahead.

Welcoming the appointment Mr Declan Moran, Chief Executive, Vhi Group said “We are delighted to have someone of Anne’s calibre and experience join the Vhi Group. Vhi is committed to delivering better healthcare for customers and patients and a better customer and patient experience as the organisation evolves from a traditional health insurer to a healthcare partner. Last year alone, we had over 380,000 patient interactions with our   Health and Wellbeing services and these services will be further developed and embedded into our business in the years to come.”

“Anne will work in tandem with the Vhi Leadership team to ensure that we continue to deliver on our mission of helping our customers live longer, stronger, healthier lives.  Her clinical background and extensive management experience as well as her in-depth understanding of the Irish Healthcare System and of integrated health service delivery will be invaluable to Vhi as we execute our strategy in the years ahead.”

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Issued by

Brighid Smyth / Sile Murphy 

Vhi Group Services DAC

Phone: 086 8270905 / 086 028 8132

 

Notes to Editor

Bio – Anne O’Connor

Anne O’Connor is currently Chief Operations Officer with the HSE with responsibility for the delivery of community based and acute hospital services. Since March 2020 she has been a key figure in the HSE response to the COVID 19 pandemic and the Cyber Attack of 2021.   Anne trained and worked as an Occupational therapist in the UK and commenced her career with the Irish Health Service in 1995 as an Occupational Health Therapist. She has since worked in a wide variety of clinical and management roles and has been working at National Director Level since 2014 when she took on the role of National Director Mental Health.    In 2018 she became the first National Director for Community Operations and was subsequently appointed Deputy Director General/ Chief Operation Officer in May 2018, leading the National Senior Operations team. She took on the role of interim Director General for the HSE in December 2018 for a period of 5 months pending permanent filling of the role.  

 

Vhi_Press

04-Apr-2022

[28-Mar-2022] Vhi announces Third Premium Waiver for Customers – returning €450m to customers in less than two years

Waiver will range from €75 to €300 per adult and from €25 to €100 per child –depending on the customers health insurance plan

Vhi also announces an average 3% reduction in premium prices across its plans

 

28th March 2022 - Vhi today announced that due to the continued reduction in customer claims in 2021 due to Covid, Vhi is waiving a portion of premium, returning money directly back to its customers. This is the third time that Vhi has waived a portion of premium for its customers since the beginning of the Covid 19 pandemic resulting from limits in access to healthcare services over the duration and the knock on effect this had on claims. Vhi will have returned €450 million to customers since the start of the pandemic honouring a promise it made to its customers that if claims were lower than anticipated due to Covid, Vhi would return additional value to its customers.

The premium waiver will vary according to the health insurance plan that a customer has in place but will range from a minimum of €75 per adult and €25 per child for those on public hospital only plans up to a maximum of €300 per adult and €100 per child for those on the plans with the highest level of cover.  All customers who have a health insurance policy with Vhi on the 1St May will be eligible for the premium waiver. Customers do not need to contact Vhi.  Vhi will shortly be writing to all customers with details of the premium waiver. To implement the waiver, Vhi will transfer the relevant amounts to policyholders directly into their bank accounts where we have the details or alternatively they will be sent a cheque as necessary.

Vhi also announced today that it is reducing its prices by an average of 3% across its plans from the 1st May 2022. This is attributable to the fact that even at this early stage of the year, it is expected that claims will be lower than pre-pandemic levels. While claims from the private hospital sector are beginning to show signs of normalising, it is expected that claims from public hospitals will take longer to recover. The one off Covid related reduction in the Health Insurance Levy has also been factored into the reduction.

Vhi is the only health insurer that exists solely to meet the healthcare needs of its customers and has a long track record of ensuring that premiums are set accordingly.  Vhi is continuing to deliver value to its customers by reducing prices, by the addition of enhanced and innovative benefits and, in this instance also by waiving its right to collect a portion of the premium.

Commenting on the announcements today, Mr Declan Moran, Chief Executive said:

“As we all know, the Covid-19 pandemic utterly changed how healthcare was delivered and accessed over the past two years. Public health was, correctly, prioritised and the healthcare system as a whole played a vital role in supporting the needs of people in Ireland during these difficult times. The impact, however, was that access to both planned and critical care was limited and challenging. At Vhi we responded rapidly and leveraged digital platforms to transform the delivery of our services through eHealth where possible. This has worked well and there are many changes that will remain permanent features of our offering, however, for many, there is no replacement for a consultant visit or a hospital stay. The ability to provide access to our customers to healthcare settings has been severely limited and as a result, claims are down.”

"In recognition of this fact we are once again waiving a portion of premium for our customer.  Vhi exists solely to meet the healthcare needs of our customers. We are unique in the market in this respect and this third waiver of premium means we will have returned €450m back to our customers.”

Speaking about the future outlook, Declan Moran said: “While we are still only in the first quarter of the year, we can already determine that claims’ levels will not return to pre-pandemic levels this year. The continued pressure on the public hospital system in particular means that customers won’t access as many procedures as in pre-pandemic times. We understand that customers are under increased financial pressure with inflation building and therefore, we are pricing this expected reduction in claims into our pricing with an average 3% drop in premium price across our plans for the year ahead.  We need to balance the anticipated drop in claims with the typical medical inflationary cost pressures which remain and we believe that the 3% reduction will do that.”

 

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Issued by

Brighid Smyth / Sile Murphy 

Vhi Group Services DAC

Phone: 086 8270905 / 086 028 8132

 

Notes to Editor – Waiver

The premium waiver will vary according to the health insurance plan that a customer has and will range from a minimum of € 75 per adult and €25 per child for those on public hospital only plans up to a maximum of €300 per adult and €100 per child for those on the plans with the highest level of cover.

Customers do not need to contact us, we will shortly be writing to all customers with details of the premium waiver. To implement the waiver Vhi will transfer the relevant amounts to policyholders directly into their bank accounts where we have the banking details or alternatively they will be sent a cheque as necessary.

 

 

Vhi_Press

28-Mar-2022

[02-Mar-2022] Roz Purcell officially launches the 2022 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon

The first physical event since 2019 takes place on Sunday 5th June in Dublin City Centre

Register now on www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie

#VhiWMM

 

Roz Purcell today launched the 2022 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon at Killiney Hill, Co. Dublin. The event, now in its 40th year, will take place on Sunday June 5th, the first physical event to take place since 2019 for those who wish to walk, jog or run the 10km route through Dublin City Centre.  

The 2022 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is the 40th year of the event and will be a celebration of togetherness, and whether you participate with friends, family or do it solo, you’ll be part of a special community. The event has also been instrumental in helping hundreds of charities raise money for their causes. It is estimated that over €226 million has been raised for charities since the event began in 1983.

Roz Purcell will take part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon along with thousands of other women, all of whom will get to experience that special “finish line feeling” on June 5th.

Vhi understands how difficult it can be to fit training into a hectic lifestyle and has teamed up with Roz alongside other inspirational partners to help you prepare for the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in a manageable way. Between now and June 5th, follow @VhiWMM on social or visit vhiwomensminimarathon.ie for training plans tailored to all fitness levels, nutrition support and much more.

This year the event celebrates 40 years of #WomenMakingMagic and is inviting women to share the magic to mark this significant milestone in the event’s history.

Registration for the event is now open on www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Every participant will receive a Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon 40th anniversary medal, a Vhi commemorative finisher t-shirt and exclusive access to the Official Event App. As well as this, everyone who registers will receive a 20% discount code for Intersport Elverys and those who register before Monday April 18th will automatically be entered into a draw to win a fantastic holiday for two to Lake Garda from Topflight.

This year, for the first time, the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon will take place as a hybrid event, meaning the event is offering both physical and virtual options for participants who wish to take part in the 10km from anywhere in the country (or world!).  A limited number of entries for the virtual event will open after Easter. 

David O’Leary, General Manager, Women’s Mini Marathon, commented, “We are absolutely delighted to be back this year with our physical event, allowing women from across the country to come together once more and enjoy the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. It’s a particularly special year for us, as we celebrate the 40th year of this national institution. We were overwhelmed with the response to our virtual events over the past two years, which saw thousands of women taking part in locations all over the country, but this year we can’t wait to have everyone join us as we return to the streets of Dublin. We hope women all over Ireland will join us this June to celebrate the special milestone of our 40th year.”

Brighid Smyth, Head of Corporate Communications in Vhi said, “The 2022 Vhi WMM will celebrate togetherness, and whether you participate with friends, family, colleagues or solo you’ll be part of a special community. The event has also been instrumental in helping hundreds of charities raise money for their causes and we are really proud to be the Title sponsor especially for this milestone anniversary.

We are really excited to come together again and enjoy this iconic event in person. We understand that it can be difficult to fit training into our busy lives and so have teamed up with some expert partners, to help participants to prepare for the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in a manageable way.”

 

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For more information:

Kotryna Cikanaviciute  Alan Keane: Teneo

Kotryna.Cikanaviciute@teneo.com  / Alan.Keane@teneo.com

083 307 1125 (Kotryna) / 083 184 1657 (Alan)

 

Sarah Gallagher, Women’s Mini Marathon Ltd,

087-2206566 

sarah@dsdevents.ie

 

About Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon

The Vhi Women's Mini Marathon is the largest all women's event of its kind in the world. The first Women’s Mini Marathon began in Dublin in 1983 with 9,000 entrants, it has grown in popularity and the event now hosts over 30,000 women on the June bank holiday weekend. Women from across the 32 counties of Ireland, U.K. and Europe take part each year to raise vital funds for their chosen charities and causes. 

The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is a world-class sporting event and is dedicated to helping women across Ireland to achieve their fitness goals. The Vhi Women’s Mini-Marathon has become an important part of Irish culture and a celebration for Irish women age 14 to 65 and over. The event caters for women who wish to walk or jog for fun while also catering for competitive runners. It is not only women who have benefited from the event, but charities are also the big winners.  The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is the single biggest charity fundraising event in Ireland. An estimated €226m has been raised for charity since its beginning in 1983. All charities benefit as it is the women themselves who decide who they will support, and many local causes gain vital revenue from the event.

 

Vhi_Press

02-Mar-2022

[23-Feb-2022] Donal and Sofie Skehan join Vhi to officially open Vhi 360 Health Centre Carrickmines

Vhi 360 Health Centre represents introduction of new model of healthcare in Ireland

 

February 23rd 2022: Vhi 360 Health Centre Carrickmines has today officially opened its doors. The  opening of the 5,000 square metre, five-storey  multi-disciplinary Centre represents the introduction of a pioneering new model of healthcare in Ireland which will take a holistic, 360 view of patient health including physical, mental and emotional wellbeing to ultimately improve outcomes.

To mark this exciting moment Vhi ambassadors Donal and Sofie Skehan, along with their two sons Noah and Oliver, visited the Vhi 360 Health Centre Carrickmines ahead of the official opening.

Vhi 360 Health Centre Carrickmines will provide customers with access to an expanded range of diagnostic services including X-Ray, MRI, Ultrasound and a bone density imaging Dexa scan. The state of the art diagnostic services are available alongside a suite of personalised healthcare programmes delivered by a multi-disciplinary team trained in integrative medicine. These bespoke healthcare programmes, which include health coaches, sleep management, physiotherapy, pilates, psychotherapy, and meditation, will enable Vhi clinicians to provide a more proactive and integrated approach to patient health.

Speaking about his tour of Vhi 360 Health Centre at Carrickmines, Donal Skehan said “We were thrilled to get the opportunity as a family to check out the brand new Vhi 360 Health Centre at Carrickmines. Vhi 360 Health Centre is not just about treating illness or injuries, but it’s also about wellness – focusing on the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and prevention which is a brilliant way to approach our overall wellbeing. The recent experiences of the pandemic have made us as a family more aware of how our health and wellbeing is connected to our lifestyle and environment. It was a big part of why we moved back home to Ireland and it’s really exciting to see a space like this, making so many services available under one roof.”

The Centre, which is located just off the M50, is also home to an expanded Urgent Care Facility providing treatment for minor injuries and illnesses, minor procedures and out-of-hours emergency dental treatment, alongside rapid access to consultant paediatricians. There is a dedicated paediatric floor designed with child friendly treatment rooms including a special sensory room and a specialist ADHD Clinic.

Vhi Group CEO Declan Moran said “Today is a hugely important day for Vhi. Our overarching aim is to help our customers live longer, stronger, healthier lives and the Vhi 360 Health Centre Carrickmines is the physical representation of this ambition which will transform our customer’s experience of health and wellbeing.

“Vhi has a long history of innovating in healthcare in Ireland, we introduced urgent care clinics which are now a hugely important and well established part of the healthcare landscape. We do know our customers’ needs are evolving and they want to be more proactive in their own healthcare, they want a joined up experience that enables them to live healthier lives. Here at Carrickmines Vhi customers will have un-paralleled access to integrated, proactive healthcare like we have never seen before in this country which we know will lead to better health outcomes.”

Vhi Chief Clinical Officer Dr Nicholas Young said “Our ambition is centred on a new model of care – one that is built on the principles of integrative care and integrative medicine – patient centred, healing orientated, considering the body, mind and spirit as part of any treatment plan. For our customers this will involve a whole team working together so all care episodes are connected rather than standalone events.  Customers will have consultations that treat the whole person rather than the obvious ailment and link general health outcomes and lifestyle. So a care plan may include traditional medicine – as well as lifestyle medicine in areas of sleep, nutrition, resilience, environment, movement or complementary and alternative therapies such as pilates, yoga and meditation, which will be held in our dedicated studios.”

Dr Olivia Murphy, Senior Clinical Psychologist at Vhi said “We are very excited about the opportunity to be able to treat our patients here at Carrickmines where we are truly embedding the concept of holistic healthcare. This 360 model of care is not restricted by walls and windows, it is the culture and ethos by which care will be delivered. However the environment is fundamental to it and we have a very unique and exciting opportunity with Carrickmines to work in a building that actively contributes to the wellbeing of our customers by enabling the 360 model of care.

“So this means multiple collaborative spaces where care teams will meet and plan individual health programmes, natural light is prioritised and while noise has been reduced in order to create calm, bright and quiet spaces. Public areas are largely digital free with seamless technology solutions such as MRI machines with added features to reduce stress and anxiety.”

Vhi 360 is now Ireland’s largest urgent care network – including our 360 Health Centre in Limerick and our Vhi SwiftCare Clinics in Swords and in Cork. In 2020, Vhi launched its first Vhi 360 Health Centre in Limerick, and it has plans to open further facilities over the next few years.

Vhi 360 Health Centre Carrickmines Urgent Care Clinic is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year from 8am to 10pm. Attendance at the Clinic is by appointment only and the last appointment is at 9pm.For more information go to Vhi.ie/360health.

Vhi 360 Health Centre at Carrickmines, is conveniently located just off the M50 at the Hampstead Building, Carrickmines Park, Dublin 18, the Vhi 360 Health Centre at Carrickmines. The new facility can be found on Apple/Google Maps or Eircode.ie by searching: D18 R6HX.

 

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Notes to Editor

*Vhi Media Ambassadors Donal and Sofie Skehan visited the Vhi 360 Health Centre Carrickmines in advance of the Centre becoming operational.

 

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[31-Jan-2022] Opening Date for Vhi 360 Health Centre at Carrickmines

Vhi 360 Health Centre at Carrickmines – Ireland’s largest urgent care facility - to open on February 23rd

 

January 31st 2022: Vhi has announced the 23rd of February 2022 as the opening date for its new flagship multi-disciplinary clinical facility, Vhi 360 Heath Centre at Carrickmines.

The opening day will also see the transfer of the services at Vhi’s SwiftCare clinic in Dundrum to, what will now become Ireland’s largest urgent care facility - Vhi 360 Health Centre, Carrickmines, providing treatment for minor injuries and illnesses, minor procedures and out-of-hours dental services.

Vhi 360 Carrickmines, is a state of the art health centre located just off the M50. The 5,000sq metres facility will provide Vhi customers with access to top of the range health and wellbeing services delivered by a highly trained multi-disciplinary healthcare team - all under the one roof.

Staffed with a range of expert clinicians with fellowships in Urgent Care and Integrative Medicine, Vhi 360 Carrickmines will pioneer a new model of healthcare in Ireland, a model which will take a holistic, 360 view of patient’s health including physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.”

 Vhi customers will have access to an expanded range of diagnostic services include X-Ray, MRI, Ultrasound and a Dexa Scan - and a suite of innovative, personalised healthcare programs that combine traditional medicine with lifestyle and alternative therapies such as sleep management, physio, psychotherapy, nutrition, resilience, pilates and meditation.

The new facility will also provide Vhi with increased capacity to meet the growing demand for existing services, providing treatment for minor injuries and illnesses, minor procedures and out-of-hours emergency dental treatment, alongside rapid access to consultant paediatricians.

Nicholas Young, Chief Clinical Officer at Vhi said: “Our new flagship facility, Vhi 360 at Carrickmines, will allow us to deliver a range of services in a bespoke building with highly trained clinicians in custom designed spaces, while also ensuring that patients have access to a wide range of follow-up treatments that take all aspects of their health and wellbeing into consideration.”

Vhi has a growing network of healthcare facilities that are making a meaningful difference to people’s health and wellbeing. The Vhi 360 Health Centre model builds on the company’s legacy of healthcare provision. Vhi already owns and operates healthcare services including Vhi SwiftCare Clinics, Health Screening Centre’s, Pediatric Clinics and Vhi Hospital@Home services and, in 2020, Vhi had over 290,000 health and wellbeing interactions with its customers. In 2020, Vhi launched its first Vhi 360 Health Centre in Limerick, and it has plans to open further facilities over the next few years.”

Vhi 360 Health Centre at Carrickmines, Dublin will open its doors on February 23rd 2022. Conveniently located just off the M50 at the Hampstead Building, Carrickmines Park, Dublin 18, the Vhi 360 Health Centre at Carrickmineswill give Vhi customers access to quality healthcare. The new facility can be found on Apple/Google Maps or Eircode.ie by searching: D18 R6HX.

 

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31-Jan-2022

[28-Jan-2022] Vhi and Irish Youth Foundation team up to Launch ‘Vhi Health & Wellbeing Fund’

Dublin GAA star Dean Rock calls on youth organisations around the country to apply for funding

Over 200,000 young people impacted through last year’s fund

8 in 10 youth clubs have seen an increase in the number of young people needing their services in the wake of the pandemic

Friday 28th January 2022  Dublin GAA Senior Footballer Dean Rock joined Vhi today to launch the second consecutive year of the Vhi Health & Wellbeing Fund. Established in 2020 in partnership with the Irish Youth Foundation (IYF), the Fund is dedicated to supporting young people’s health and wellbeing.

The Vhi Health & Wellbeing Fund aims to support projects that are seeking to strengthen resilience in young people and help them manage anxiety. Last year, 11 youth focused organisations across the country were awarded grants for projects focused on strengthening resilience and helping young people manage anxiety. When each of the funded projects are completed, it is expected that over 200,000 young people will be impacted through the initiatives.

The emphasis this year continues to be on supporting programmes focused on early intervention and prevention for young people. It is open to applications from non-profit and charitable organisations who work directly with young people or with adults who surround them. Grants of €5K and €10K will be available through the Fund.

The launch of the Fund comes at a time when research shows that almost two-thirds of youth organisations have seen a reduction in funding streams following the impact of Covid-19. At the same time, eight in ten youth clubs are experiencing an increase in the number of young people needing their services in the aftermath of the pandemic.

The research, undertaken by the IYF late last year, also highlights the overall importance of health and wellbeing focused programmes, with nine in ten organisations saying that wellbeing initiatives are very important for the young people that avail of their services. However, over 70% of clubs say they don’t have access to appropriate health and wellbeing supports or programmes for young people, and almost half say they expect to reduce the number of programmes they will run in the short-term due to lack of funding.

Speaking at the launch, Dublin GAA Senior Footballer and Vhi Health & Wellbeing Fund Ambassador Dean Rock said: “It is my great pleasure to help launch this Fund with the Vhi and IYF today. Growing up in a family that had strong ties to Gaelic football, I developed an appreciation for the support offered by local community initiatives during my teenage years. A strong local community provides purpose and opportunities to young people, and mine has played an essential role in helping me to become the citizen and sportsperson I am today.

“The last twenty-two months have been so challenging for young people, with disruption and uncertainty becoming part of everyday life. It’s crucial for clubs to be able to offer health and wellbeing initiatives to young people who avail of their services. By offering these initiatives, youth leaders can support young people in managing their mental and emotional health and to thrive as individuals within their communities. Therefore, I am delighted to see Vhi and the IYF launch the second iteration of this Fund today and would urge all eligible youth groups to apply.”

Dr David Morris, Head of Wellness at Vhi said: “At Vhi, our mission is to help our customers live longer, stronger, healthier lives but we also want our local communities to have the opportunity to achieve this goal too. We first launched this fund in 2020 at a critical time for youth sector – particularly those living in disadvantaged circumstances – at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in Ireland. Working with our partners at the IYF, we awarded grants early last year to eleven projects around the country that are seeking to strengthen resilience in young people and help them manage anxiety.

“This year, we are delighted to be launching the Fund again to help a further number of projects around the country gain access to vital funding to support young people’s health. Now, more than ever, as Covid -19 continues to impact our lives and communities, it is critically important that young people have access to health and wellbeing initiatives to support them.”

Lucy Masterson, CEO at IYF, said: “We are delighted that Vhi has partnered with us again this year to launch the Vhi Health & Wellbeing Fund. As an organisation we were always committed to prioritising health and wellbeing programmes for the sector, but this has become even more important in the wake of the pandemic. Based on the projects that were awarded money from last year’s Fund, we’ve seen the difference the Vhi Fund can make to youth-focused organisations around the country.

“From the introduction of a specific programme to help manage the anxiety of young people living in direct provision to initiatives designed to support young people manage their physical wellbeing as well as enhancing their resilience, the impact has been inspiring. I look forward to seeing similar results with this year’s Fund and would encourage all organisations working in the youth sector to take the time to apply.”

The Vhi Health & Wellbeing Fund is open to not-for-project or charitable organisations that are seeking to deliver projects dedicated to supporting the resilience of young people aged 12-25 years old. Vhi and the IYF  are looking to support projects in the six locations where Vhi have operations - Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny and Limerick.

For more information, or to make an application, visit www.iyf.ie/grants.

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Notes to Editor

Research undertaken by Irish Youth Foundation

The research was undertaken by the Irish Youth Foundation during the month of September 2021 where 81 Youth Leaders responded.

 

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28-Jan-2022

[10-Jan-2022] Lottie Ryan & David Gillick Get Started with parkrun in partnership with Vhi

‘Start with… parkrun’ launches in partnership with Vhi to help people build healthy habits into the New Year and beyond.

January 11th, 2022: Broadcaster Lottie Ryan and former Olympian and sports commentator David Gillick today launched Start with… parkrun campaign, in partnership with Vhi, at St. Anne’s Park, Dublin. The campaign is aimed at anyone thinking about taking their first steps to being more active and explains how they can include parkrun community events into their weekend routine.

parkrun in partnership with Vhi is the biggest community-led physical activity movement in Ireland and participation does not have to involve running the 5km in full. Start with …parkrun has been created to encourage people of all fitness levels to come along as walkers, joggers, runners, and volunteers or to support a family member or friend taking part.

parkrun, in partnership with Vhi, takes place each Saturday in more than 100 locations across the country and are free to take part in. In Ireland, more than 8,000 people take part in these events every weekend, as walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers. These events are open to everyone no matter their fitness level and this year Park Walk has been launched as part of the weekly events. Participants only need to register once on the parkrun website, bring their personal barcode which records their activity, and then turn up at any event.

To add extra support for this campaign Vhi parkrun Rewards are also giving double points throughout the month of January. Vhi customers who take part  in any parkrun, including volunteering, can claim a bonus parkrun reward on the Vhi app after each parkrun in January. 

To register for a parkrun near you visit www.parkrun.ie.

Brighid Smyth, Head of Corporate Communications in Vhi said, “ Its great to see parkrun back in action after a long break. At Vhi we are committed to helping our customers and communities live longer, stronger, healthier lives and our partnership with parkrun helps us deliver this. There is no other movement like parkrun in Ireland and Vhi is very proud to be presenting partner, supporting this wonderful initiative encouraging people of all levels and abilities to take part in free events in a fun and positive environment”.

Matt Shields, parkrun Ireland Country Manager said: “parkrun and physical activity have never been more important. Whether it’s your first ever time at parkrun, whether you’re volunteering, whether you’ve walked to the park to spectate, it’s all participation to us and that’s what the Start With campaign is celebrating. No matter how you’re starting, parkrun provides a regular opportunity for everyone to take a positive step in their life.”

Lottie Ryan commented “I am delighted to be involved in Start with parkrun in partnership with Vhi. Over the past two years it’s been tricky to keep up any sort of routine between lockdowns, work and becoming a Mom. The New Year is always a good time to start afresh, and parkrun is a great opportunity to get up and out of the house on a Saturday morning and do something healthy for myself. I’m so excited to join the parkrun community as part of my New Year routine”.

 

Vhi ambassador David Gillick said, “It can be hard to get back into a routine after the Christmas break and parkrun is a great way to get back to physical activity with a supportive community by your side every step of the way. What’s so great about parkrun is that it is so inclusive with Junior parkrun events happening each weekend and the newly launched Park Walk , which means people of all fitness abilities and ages can get involved”.

 

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10-Jan-2022

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Operations in 2020 were dominated by the rapid response put in place to meet changing customer healthcare needs in a pandemic environment

 

30th June 2021 - Vhi today announced details of its annual results for the year ending 31 December 2020. In a year in which COVID-19 had a huge impact on society, Vhi responded by rapidly adapting the business and its health and wellbeing services so that they could continue to be accessed by its customers. Through the provision of additional digital and online services and the waiver of a portion of premium for customers during the year, Vhi continued to deliver value to its customers. Vhi also played its part in supporting the national healthcare response to COVID-19.
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