New Office for Health Promotion to drive improvement of nation’s health
Posted: Tue, 30 Mar 2021 16:26
The government has announced plans to create a new Office for Health Promotion that'll lead work to improve physical and mental health across England, including through getting people physically active.
Announced yesterday, the new unit will have a remit to systematically tackle the top preventable risk factors causing death and ill health in the UK by designing, implementing and tracking delivery policy across government.
It'll be located within the Department of Health and Social Care, report jointly into the Health Secretary and the Chief Medical Officer, and promote good health and prevent illness which shortens lives and costs the NHS billions every year, building on the work of Public Health England.
Sport England welcomed the news
"We welcome the creation of the Office for Health Promotion and look forward to working with it on the shared ambition to improve people's physical and mental health through supporting them to live active lives," said Tim.
"This has never been more important given the impact the pandemic has had on so many people and more timely, given how restrictions are now easing so people can soon return to the sports and activities they love.
"We'll build on our existing successful partnership with Public Health England and are pleased that the diet, obesity and physical activity functions will transfer together into the new unit, ensuring a rounded approach to improving health.
"The plans to strengthen the national focus and capacity of NHS England and the focus of local health partners on supporting better health are also most welcome."
We work in partnership with Public Health England to tackle inactivity through enabling people, particularly people living in under-serviced communities, to move, play sport and be physically active.
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