Category Archives: Public Health

Do you ‘Know your Numbers’?

Guest Blog by Katharine Jenner, Chief Executive at Blood Pressure UK High blood pressure is the UK’s biggest silent killer with 16 million people in the country suffering from the condition. Worryingly though, as it is symptomless, only half of … Continue reading

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Obesity and Sugar – Successive governments have failed to act despite the warnings

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) report out on Friday 17th makes recommendations on sugar and fibre consumption.  Inevitably the recommendations on sugar got the most attention, with a call for us to reduce our intake by half. 2020health’s … Continue reading

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First impressions of an NHS conference

Guest Blog by Simon Bottery, Director of Policy and External Relations, Independent Age Older people, as we know, are huge users of the NHS. People aged 65 or over account for one in six of the population but one in two hospital … Continue reading

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NDPP – Potential game-changing programme to delay or stop onset of Type 2 diabetes

Guest Blog by Louise Ansari, Director of Prevention, Diabetes UK Most readers of 2020Health will be concerned about the rising tide of diabetes – some may even have heard that there is a new push on prevention. As Diabetes Week … Continue reading

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French Lessons that can really help

As the challenge of an increasing obesogenic population shows no sign of going away, the deluge of diet regimes, fitness regimes and research that either condemns or promotes certain foods over another continues to flow. How do we begin to … Continue reading

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Dietitians are the gold standard of Food & Nutrition Professionals

Guest Blog by BDA Chairman, Dr Fiona McCullough Dietitians Week (8-12 June 2015), is led by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and provides a fantastic opportunity to promote the dietetic profession nationally and even globally.  The BDA, founded in 1936, … Continue reading

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‘Parity of esteem’ – a society free from stigma and discrimination

Guest Blog from the Mental Health Foundation The Select Committee on Health’s enquiry into children and young people’s mental health and the launch of the NHS England Mental Health Task Force are welcome developments in a year that has seen … Continue reading

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The next government must make high quality cancer care a priority during, and after, the upcoming general election

Guest Blog by Ellie Rose, Public Affairs Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support There are now 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK. By 2020, this is estimated to rise to 3 million. And by the end of next year … Continue reading

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Equal treatment for Depression needs legal force

2020Health claims legal enforcement of key measures are necessary to ensure ‘parity of esteem’ and for Britain to tackle depression in the workplace. 2020Health has today published a new report, ‘Whole in One – Achieving equality of status, access and resources … Continue reading

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British Heart Foundation creating ‘Proud Quitters’ this No Smoking Day

Guest Blog by Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, a member of NHE’s editorial board and a part-time GP in Cambridge. Today, on 11th March, I expect nearly a million smokers in the United Kingdom … Continue reading

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