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Improving the public's health infographics

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Local authorities have been given renewed responsibility for public health as part of the health and social care reforms introduced in April 2013. These infographics, designed to support our resources …

Local authorities have been given renewed responsibility for public health as part of the health and social care reforms introduced in April 2013. These infographics, designed to support our resources on public health and local authorities, highlight some of the ways in which local authorities can take action to improve health for the public.

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  • 1. Improving the public’s health Local authorities have been given renewed responsibility for public health. These infographics highlight some of the ways in which local authorities can take action to improve health for the public.
  • 2. 5 x The best start in life Mothers need to be healthy before and during pregnancy and childbirth. Local authorities have a role to play in this. Babies born just below the low birth weight threshold are five times more likely to die as an infant than those of normal birth weight.
  • 3. SCHOOL 20p Healthy schools and pupils The overall health benefits of a good education have been estimated to provide returns worth up to £7.20 for every £1 invested.
  • 4. JOB CENTRE Helping people find good jobs and stay in work One in seven men develops clinical depression within six months of losing their job.
  • 5. +£768 Active and safe travel Getting just one more child to walk to school could pay back the equivalent of £768 in health benefits to individuals, savings in NHS costs, productivity gains and reductions in air pollution and congestion.
  • 6. Making homes warmer and safer More than 1 million children under 15 have accidents in and around the home every year that result in a visit to A&E, with children aged 0–4 at highest risk. A&E
  • 7. Access to green and open spaces Increasing access to parks and open spaces could help reduce NHS costs of treating obesity by more than £2 billion. ARK P
  • 8. 800,000 Building strong communities, wellbeing and resilience Estimates suggest that 800,000 people in England are chronically lonely. Being lonely is as bad for someone’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is as big a health risk as obesity.
  • 9. +11.5 Public protection and regulatory services In 2008, around 29,000 deaths were due to long-term exposure to air pollution, with individuals losing an average of 11.5 years of life. Local authorities can help improve air quality. YEARS
  • 10. Health and spatial planning Local authorities have a role to play in planning healthy places for us to live and work. Nearly 80 per cent of car trips of less than 5 miles could be replaced by walking, cycling or using public transport.
  • 11. Partnership, planning and health in all policies supporting evidence-based and practical action… 10 1 The best start in life Making choices, prioritising action 2 Healthy schools and pupils 9 3 Health and spatial planning Getting and keeping people in good jobs 8 4 Public protection and regulation Active and safe travel 7 Strong and resilient communities 6 Greener spaces and leisure 5 Warmer and safer homes