Public Health & Well-being News – Reducing alcohol harm

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has welcomed a major new evidence review on the health impacts of alcohol, published by Public Health England (PHE) on 2nd December 2016). RSPH believes the findings should provide fresh impetus for the Government to take firm action to tackle alcohol harm, including the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP). The latest review indicates that 10 million people in England are drinking at levels that...

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Well-being and gross national happiness for policy – the happy index

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

In the early years of the coalition government, David Cameron lauded the measurement of happiness and well-being as an indicator of national performance, the happy index. Data on life satisfaction have been collected and publishedby the Office for National Statistics every year since 2012. Despite this, very little is said about well-being. It is not discussed at spending or policy reviews and rarely in the media. Gross domestic product (GDP)...

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82% of older consumers are confused by government advice on healthy eating

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

Understanding current advice on nutrition can be difficult: new figures show 82% of UK consumers aged over 55 are confused by government advice on healthy eating and nutrition, a higher level than amongst the general adult population (75%). At the same time, more than half of people in the UK say they are not influenced by the ‘traffic light’ nutritional labelling system. As Helen Willis, dietitian at apetito and Wiltshire Farm Foods, comments:...

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Money worries biggest cause of stress for adults

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

Research by health and wellbeing charity Central YMCA has revealed a 52% divide in wellbeing scores between the most and least financially confident people in society, money worries, being extremely worried about money, causes a 33% fall in wellbeing. Financial stability is the factor most affecting the wellbeing of UK citizens, according to a new report. Being happy with your finances causes a 19% uplift in wellbeing scores, while being...

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Research reveals what we really mean when we say ‘ I’m fine ‘

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

A survey into the emotions of the nation has revealed that Brits are feeling ‘fine’. Apparently. A study of 2,000 Britons has found that the average adult will say ‘I’m fine’ 14 times a week, though really just 19 per cent mean it.  Almost a third of those surveyed said they often lie about how they are feeling to other people, while one in ten went as far to say they always lie about their emotional state. And this dishonesty goes both ways,...

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