Engage your Brain: ECBH Recommendations on Cognitively Stimulating Activities

Global Council on Brain Health, August 2017

This report from the Global Council on Brain Health investigates the evidence for how cognitively stimulating activities have a beneficial effect on brain health.  The report finds that the evidence to support the benefits of games and puzzles is weak to non-existent and suggests that other activities such as photography, dancing, Tai Chi, learning a language etc., may be more effective.

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Creative Health: The Arts for Health an Wellbeing

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, July 2017

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing have held an inquiry into existing engagement of the arts in health and social care, with a view to making recommendations to improve policy and practice.

This report presents the findings of two years of research, evidence-gathering and discussions with patients, health and social care professionals, artists and arts administrators, academics, people in local government, ministers, other policy-makers and parliamentarians from both Houses of Parliament.

Click here to read the full report.

Click here to read the short report.

 

Enabling change through communities of practice: Wellbeing Our Way

National Voices, June 2017

In June 2014, National Voices set out to explore and test how communities of practice could facilitate the spread of large-scale change across England’s voluntary sector working for health and wellbeing.

This report reflects on their experiences over the last 3 years, and in the spirit of communities of practice, aims to share reflections in order that others can use the learning.

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Healthy living: mosques

Public Health England, June 2017

The aim of this guide is to provide mosque leaders and communities with public health evidence and recommendations, demonstrating how these recommendations link into Islamic teachings, with case study examples from local mosques.  The guide includes a self-assessment checklist for mosques to reflect on current initiatives, identify gaps, recognise achievement and develop plans for future projects.

Click here to view this guidance.

Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2015: Baby Boomers: Fit for the Future

Department of Health, December 2016

This report by the Chief Medical Officer looks at the health of the ‘baby boomer’ generation (broadly, those born between 1945 and 1964).

It considers topics such as the impact of lifestyle choices on current and future health, mental health, sexual health, and screening and immunisation programmes.

Click here to view the full report.

The Damage of Debt: The impact of money worries on children’s mental health and well-being

The Children’s Society, September 2016

The aim of this report is to provide fresh insights on how low well-being and poor mental health in children are linked to household poverty and problem debt; and to explore the views of children and parents who live in low income households with debt problems on how their family’s financial situation affects their well-being and mental health.  The report makes recommendations to address these issues.

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Health and work: infographics

Public Health England, September 2016

A series of infographics intended to help raise awareness and understanding of the relationship between health and work.

These infographics are intended to help public health practitioners, local authorities and policy makers to make the case and inform planning on embedding health, work and worklessness within and across these issues.

Click here to access the infographics.