Adding extra years to life and extra life to those years: Local government guide to healthy ageing

Local Government Association, March 2018

The population is ageing. Over the last 10 years the number of people aged over 65 in England increased by a fifth – that’s nearly 1.7 million extra older people. But while the greater longevity is to be welcomed, far too many of those later years are being spent in poor health. That is bad for the individual and bad for the state. The longer a person spends in poor health the more health and care they need, so tackling it is a priority for local government aiming to reduce the impact of long-term conditions, turn the tide and make sure that those in old age are able to maintain their health, wellbeing and independence for as long as possible.

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What makes us healthy?: An introduction to the social determinants of health

The Health Foundation, March 2018

This guide explores how a person’s opportunity for health is influenced by factors outside the health and social care system. It also shows that many people don’t have the same opportunities to be as healthy as others.  It identifies  how circumstances in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age: the social determinants of health. These can enable individuals and societies to flourish, or not.

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Calorie reduction: The scope and ambition for action March 2018

Public Health England, March 2018

Report from Public Health England that identifies public support for the government working with businesses to develop products with fewer calories and in smaller portions.  It calls on the food industry to achieve a 20% reduction in calories by 2024 in product categories that contribute significantly to children’s calorie intakes (up to the age of 18 years) and where there is scope for substantial reformulation and/or portion size reduction.

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Learning from the vanguards: supporting people and communities to stay well

NHS Clinical Commissioners, February 2018

This briefing looks at what the vanguards set out to achieve when it comes to supporting people and communities to stay well. It highlights the work some of the vanguards have been doing and shares the lessons that other organisations and partnerships can take from the vanguards’ experiences.

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Pharmacy: a way forward for public health – opportunities for action through pharmacy for public health

Public Health England, September 2017

This document sets out a range of opportunities for pharmacy teams working in communities, and through their daily interactions with patients and the public, to play an important role in protecting and improving the health of the nation.

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