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From evidence into action: opportunities to protect and improve the nation’s health October 2014 Protecting and improving the nation’s health
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From evidence into action: opportunities to protect and improve the nation’s health October 2014 Public Health England exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. It does this through world-class science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and the delivery of specialist public health services.
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Contents Foreword Our health today Health drivers Protecting health Looking to the future Our seven priorities New drivers and opportunities References Contents Page Contents 3 Foreword 4 Our health today 6 Health drivers: how we live and the circumstances of our lives 8 Continuing to protect the public from threats to their health 10 Looking to the future 12 Our seven priorities 14 1 Tackling obesity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 2 Reducing smoking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 3 Reducing harmful drinking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 4 Ensuring every child has the best start in life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 5 Reducing dementia risk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 6 Tackling antimicrobial resistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 7 Reducing tuberculosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 New drivers and opportunities 22 References 25 3
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Contents Foreword Our health today Health drivers Protecting health Looking to the future Our seven priorities New drivers and opportunities References Foreword We have an ambition: for people of this country to live as well as possible, for as long as possible. But on current trends, we are going to fall short because we face an epidemic of largely preventable long-term diseases. We may be living longer, but we – and future generations – risk spending many of these extra years in poor health unless we do a better job of tackling major risks such as obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption. If we fail, it will be the most vulnerable and the most deprived communities who will bear the heaviest burden. It will be neither effective nor feasible to attempt to solve these problems by ramping up our spending on hospitals, clinicians and services. Resources are scarce and all sectors, from the NHS to local authorities, are under huge pressure from constrained budgets and rising demand. What we need is a fundamentally new approach to creating and sustaining health, mental and physical, at every stage of life and across all our communities. It is an approach that acknowledges that our health is shaped by where and how we live: by our jobs, families, homes; but that also recognises the power of individuals to change their lifestyles, especially if they get the right support at the right time. We have an opportunity, with the creation of Public Health England, the NHS Five Year Forward View and the momentous return of public health to local authorities, to put this approach into practice.
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