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Move More – a whole system approach to physical activity

    Short blog setting out the structure and rationale behind our approach to physical activity. Thanks to Anna Lowe for helpful comments   Strategy. We set out to be the most active City by 2020. The mission and vision are clear, as are the main building blocks are clear. These are set out in […]

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Motherload – creating a cycling culture

  I was invited by @heasonevents to see Motherload in November. This was part of the monthly cycle to the cinema event series – https://cycletothecinema.co.uk/   Motherload itself is a fabulous story – both inspiring and uplifting of how one mum (and lots of others) are changing the way they think about transport for them […]

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Reframing ‘health in all policies’

Guest blog by @andykturner We know that most of the things that influence population health – poverty, education, the environment, transport, work, relationships, safe and comfortable homes – are not really touched by what the money marked as ‘health’ gets spent on. If we’re going to make a big impact on health, what we really […]

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Economic anchor institutions. Ideas list

I’ve written a little on anchor institutions before. Firstly following a Health Foundation seminar, secondly following a focused session in Sheffield. Both with Ted Howard Many are interested in inclusive economic growth, and within that the notion of big (mostly public sector) economic anchor institutions. It’s a tricky concept to nail, and many find it […]

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urban futures, planning and health & well being

I did a short stint at the UK & Ireland Planning Research Conference a few weeks ago on the interface between urban futures, planning and health & well being.  slides here. in the end I didn’t use the slides, but they are posted so you can use them if you want points in plenary discussion were […]

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The social determinants of mental illness

Key points from my contribution to a session at PHE 2018 conference on mental health. I use the term mental health advisedly. The session was titled the social determinants of mental illness. I tried to frame it precisely to the question (unusual for me) Slides here My key points were 1. We under invest in […]

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Creating Healthy Cities

This Kings Fund explored how local authorities, NHS and third sector organisations are working together to improve health and wellbeing in urban areas. It built on this excellent case study report. It was a great conference. The slides are here. My take on the 4 key points:- 1. Health or health care. We say “health and […]

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Why is it in the interests of a city to improve health and well being

You’d think it was a stupid question to even ask. It’s obvious isn’t it. But in austere times we are slashing preventive services and loosing focus on upstream determinants and their link to healthier folk. We still aren’t landing the rationale for why PH folk hassle others to build bike lanes, parks, not advertise junk, […]

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Nanny state or savvy state – A nanny state toolkit

This is a long read. Sorry. Read this as a Toolkit to counter the guff you often hear about the nanny state. 1 introductory thoughts Nothing inflames a debate on what “public health should do / not do” more than a good old ding dong about “the nanny state”. People disparage nanny as “social engineering” […]

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Folk don’t cycle because it’s too hilly

Oft heard myth. It’s wrong. Here’s why Found it Not quite as neat a graph as I’d hoped for but still good one see this report on Govt take on cycle stats. p14 is the business end. key points: ·         No relationship between walking and topography (when looking at extremes of elevation) – slight neg […]