Healthy Life

Six reasons why a healthy environment should be a human right

5. Pollution is threatening billions worldwide.

Marine litter on the beach
Photo: UNEP / Duncan Moore

Many health issues spring from pollution and the idea that waste can be thrown “away” when, in fact, much of it remains in ecosystems, affecting both environmental and human health.

Water contaminated by waste, untreated sewage, agricultural runoff and industrial discharge puts 1.8 billion people at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio. Methylmercury – a substance found in everyday products that contaminate fish – can have toxic effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems when consumed by humans. And a growing body of evidence suggests that

Read More
Healthy Life

People live longer and healthier lives but COVID-19 threatens to throw progress off track

All over the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing significant loss of life, disrupting livelihoods, and threatening the recent advances in health and progress towards global development goals highlighted in the 2020 World Health Statistics published by the World Health Organization (WHO) today .

“The good news is that people around the world are living longer and healthier lives. “The bad news is the rate of progress is too slow to meet the Sustainable Development Goals and will be further thrown off track by COVID-19,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

“The pandemic highlights the urgent need for all

Read More
Healthy Life

To grow up healthy, children need to sit less and play more

Children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or be restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time for active play if they are to grow up healthy, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) .

“Achieving health for all means doing what is best for health right from the beginning of people’s lives,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Early childhood is a period of rapid development and a time when family lifestyle patterns can be adapted to boost health gains.”

The new guidelines on physical activity,

Read More
Healthy Life

Decoding keys to a healthy life — Harvard Gazette

For 74 years, one of the longest-running studies of normal adult development has been examining not disease and illness, but what may be life’s magic question: How can you live long and happily?

The answers that have emerged — and are still emerging — are both surprising and obvious. Having a difficult childhood, for example, matters a lot in early adulthood, but its effects fade as the years go by. Among those who had tough beginnings, self-starters who seek out jobs as kids do better than those who don’t. And education — specifically going to college — is more important

Read More
Healthy Life

Mediterranean lifestyle, not just diet, may greatly improve health

vgajic/E+ via Getty Images
(vgajic/E+ via Getty Images)

Lea en español

Much is known about the heart-health benefits of adopting a Mediterranean-style diet, with its heavy focus on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish and healthy oils. But what about the rest of the Mediterranean lifestyle?

Short of lounging on the beaches of southern Italy or an island in Greece, could adopting the focus on relaxed, familial dining, afternoon naps and strong communal bonds also improve health?

A group of researchers explored what would happen if middle-aged and older British adults – who lived about 1,500 miles northwest of the Mediterranean Sea and its convivial

Read More
Healthy Life

What makes a healthy place? Some answers from the public

Once a week or so, I go for a run towards the river. Maintained by my local authority, the riverside has benches, toilets, a level path that provides access for wheelchairs and buggies, and a segregated bike lane. It is a lovely place to be on a weekend morning, with all walks of life enjoying the outdoors.

This stretch of river came to my mind as I was hearing answers to the question, ‘What makes a place a healthy place?’. The Health Foundation, through the research agency Public First, recently asked six groups of people from the Midlands and the

Read More
Healthy Life

New era of public health to tackle inequalities and level up the UK

  • New bodies will tackle health disparities across the UK which means men in the most deprived areas in England are expected to live almost 10 years fewer than those in the least deprived

  • Preventing health conditions before they develop will reduce pressure on the health and care system

  • Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, will provide professional leadership to OHID

Health disparities across the UK will be tackled through a new approach to public health focused on stopping debilitating health conditions before they develop, as the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) launches today (Friday 1 October).

Read More
Healthy Life

Quantifying health inequalities in England

In Figure 3, we show the contribution of each condition to health disparities by age group. Absolute levels of inequality are very small for younger people, but this analysis shows that there is a clear transition of inequality across the life cycle. Children in more deprived areas are much more likely to be living with asthma, epilepsy and to experience alcohol problems and are less likely to be diagnosed with anxiety or depression. From the age of 20 we see greater differences in chronic pain, alcohol problems and anxiety and depression. From the age of 30 we begin to see

Read More
Back To Top