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Fit for and during pregnancy: A key role for local government

Whether it is supporting stopping smoking, encouraging healthy eating, protecting good mental health, or delivering universal or targeted health visiting services or simply working closely with the NHS - councils have a significant role to play.

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A breath of fresh air: smokefree workplaces 10 years on

The 10th anniversary of the ban is a time to look back at what has been achieved. While it took a long time to get the legislation introduced – cinemas first started restricting smoking in the 1970s – when it did happen it was pretty seamless. Four months after the introduction of the ban, the government announced 98 per cent of places inspected by local authority officers were compliant. 

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A matter of justice: Local government’s role in tackling health inequalities

Deprived communities experience poorer mental health, higher rates of smoking and greater levels of obesity than the more affluent. They spend more years in ill health and die sooner. Reducing health inequalities is an economic and social challenge as well as a moral one.

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Adding extra years to life and extra life to those years: local government guide to healthy ageing

The population is ageing. Over the last 10 years the number of people aged over 65 in England increased by a fifth – that’s nearly 1.7 million extra older people.

An effective custodian of the public’s health:  A collection of essays on six years of public health in local government COVER

An effective custodian of the public’s health

A collection of essays on six years of public health in local government

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Behavioural insights and health

Councils are making use of behavioural insights to improve health.

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Building the foundations - tackling obesity through planning and development

A series of themes and more specific elements that help to create healthy-weight environments

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Changing behaviours in public health – to nudge or to shove?

This briefing for councillors and officers explains how behavioural change interventions – or nudge theory as it is dubbed – can help local authorities fulfil their public health responsibilities.

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Charting progress on the health devolution journey

Early lessons from Greater Manchester

Collaboration and cooperation: sexual and reproductive health commissioning

Collaboration and cooperation: sexual and reproductive health commissioning

Examples of councils that have led the way in commissioning sexual health services.