Making health literacy everyone’s business: How Ireland got adult and health literacy on the government agenda

Helen Ryan, in her column, tells how a crucial strategy by the new government played a vital role in prioritising health literacy on the national agenda in Ireland. According to her, the most successful way to promote health literacy issues among health professionals was by telling about people’s lived experience. Data and statistics were important, but it was the human stories that resonated the most.

Helen Ryan
Learning & teaching, World of research

Pathways from childhood outdoor experiences to engagement in later life – the view from older outdoor enthusiasts

This paper is based on the life stories of 28 older outdoor enthusiasts who reflect on their engagement with a range of outdoor activities during their lives. Their stories reveal that there are particular pathways from early years through middle age that help them to keep their interest and enthusiasm for the outdoors.

Geoff Cooper