Jamie Oliver gets long overdue recognition for public health role

Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Celebrity chef and health campaigner Jamie Oliver has been recognised by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) for his contribution to advancing the cause of public health in the UK. The award for Outstanding Contribution to Championing the Public’s Health was announced at the RSPH Awards 2016, the UK’s premier national health and wellbeing awards event, held at the Royal College of Surgeons in London on 27th October. Jamie Oliver received...

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Nurses three times more likely to experience domestic abuse

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Nurses are three times more likely to have experienced domestic abuse in the last year than the average person (14% compared with 4.4% nationally) according to new research, published in a report by Cavell Nurses’ Trust. Skint, shaken yet still caring. But who is caring for our nurses?’ includes findings from a survey of more than 2,200 nurses, midwives and health care assistants (HCAs) and reveals that those in the profession are also twice as...

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Fathers, sons and mental health

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

New research shows that half (49%) of teenage boys (aged 16-18) in the UK would not feel comfortable talking to their fathers about their mental health (including stress, anxiety and depression). When asked why, more than a third said it was because their father doesn’t talk about his feelings and 31% said they wouldn’t want to burden them. The survey revealed that over half of young men (54%) who are experiencing mental health problems ‘put a...

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Dog Owners “Are Fitter and Healthier” Than People Without Dogs

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

It’s official – dog owners in the UK are fitter and healthier than people without dogs, according to a new study. Research indicates that people who own a dog are likely to exercise at least three times more a week than the rest of the nation, as they walk or run for an average of 74 minutes every day, in addition to their normal exercise. In the process, dog owners will cover an average distance of 1092 miles a year on foot, compared to the...

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How behavioural science can improve opportunity in the UK

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

A third of the UK population spent at least one year in relative income poverty between 2011 and 2014. Traditionally policymakers and anti-poverty organisations such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) have focused on boosting people’s economic capital (e.g., income) and human capital (e.g., educational attainment) to reduce poverty. While investments in these areas have led to important gains in opportunity for many Britons, emerging...

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Gin Lane revisited

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), the world’s longest established public health body, is celebrating its 160th anniversary this year. To commemorate this milestone, RSPH commissioned artist Thomas Moore to reimagine William Hogarth’s infamous 1751 cartoon Gin Lane – which depicts the debilitating effects of the gin crisis then sweeping London – for the 21st century. The new artwork, which reflects some of the biggest public health...

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New study outlines potential of computerised cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

A new study has highlighted the scope of computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) tools available worldwide and outlined their impact on people with mental health needs. The study from RAND Europe, commissioned by the education and social service company Ingeus, showed that computerised cognitive behavioural therapy tools, which are online platforms or mobile applications to help tackle common mental health illnesses such as depression,...

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