Stay Well This Winter

Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England’s national winter campaign, Stay Well This Winter returns for 2017

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The Stay Well This Winter  campaign will be running from 9th October 2017. The campaign encourages at-risk groups to get the free NHS flu vaccination, and to take simple, easy-to-achieve actions to avoid admission to hospital during the winter period.

A range of resources, such as leaflets, posters, guides and resource packs for the campaign are avilable to order via the Public Health England Website

PHE will again this year be supporting pharmacies to promote the key campaign messages in-store by distributing materials. All small-chain and independent pharmacies will be receiving a kit of promotional materials (including posters, shelf wobblers and leaflets) via the Healthcare Distribution Association.

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Pharmacy: a way forward for public health

This document sets out a range of opportunities for pharmacy teams working in communities, and through their daily interactions with patients and the public, to play an important role in protecting and improving the health of the nation. | Public Health England

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Community pharmacy teams play a pivotal role as a community and health asset in communities. Making healthy choices such as stopping smoking, improving diet and nutrition, increasing physical activity, losing weight and reducing alcohol consumption through pharmacy teams could make a significant contribution to reducing the risk of disease, improving health outcomes for those with long term conditions, reducing premature death and improving mental wellbeing.

This document provides a menu of interventions that could be delivered by pharmacy teams in the primary and community sectors to improve the health and wellbeing of the nation.

Full document: Pharmacy: A way forward for public health opportunities for action through pharmacy for public health.

Improving health outcomes for young people

Habits and behaviours which develop between the ages of 10 to 25 can help determine what sort of life people have and the person they become. In terms of health,  physical activity levels can start declining rapidly during these years, while many teenagers find it difficult to stick to a healthy diet. Mental health problems can also start to develop. By the age of 14, half of all lifetime cases of psychiatric disorders will have started and by 24 three quarters will.

The case studies in this report set out different approaches to supporting the health of young people. Each case study provides an opportunity to reflect on what made the initiative a success and how this learning can be adapted to work in other areas.

Full document: Partnership approaches to improving health outcomes for young people

Nutrition advice aimed at children also improves parents’ diets

Nutrition advice aimed at children also improves parents’ diets, according to research published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology | ScienceDaily

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For the current study, parental dietary intake was assessed by a one-day food record biennially from the child’s age of nine to 19 years. Weight, height, blood pressure, serum lipids, glucose and insulin of the parents were measured repeatedly from the child’s age of seven months until 20 years.

The investigators found that the child-oriented dietary counselling increased the intake of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats and decreased the saturated fat intake of intervention mothers and fathers compared to control parents between the child’s ages of nine and 19 years.

In addition, the child-oriented dietary counselling tended to decrease serum total and LDL concentrations in intervention mothers compared to control mothers. There was a similar trend in fathers but it was not statistically significant.

Guide to healthy living: mosques

This guidance aims to provide mosque leaders and communities with public health evidence and recommendations, demonstrating how these recommendations link into Islamic teachings, with case study examples from local mosques | PHE

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It includes a self-assessment checklist for mosques to reflect on current initiatives, identify gaps, recognise achievement and develop plans for future projects.

Mosques in 21st century western societies are at a developmental stage in evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. To be at the centre of the community, mosques must be spaces for all sections of society including women, mothers with young children, elderly people, those with disabilities and young people; with specific activities and initiatives aimed to inform, educate and improve their environment, health, lives and wellbeing.

 

Workplace health promotion

Report suggests that effective investment in health and wellbeing can save a company more than it spends on the interventions | RAND

The importance of the workplace as a setting for health promotion is increasingly recognised by employers and policymakers. As a result, workplace health promotion programmes are growing in numbers and scope around the world.  Such programmes have the potential to generate returns on investments and can reduce overall health costs.

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The RAND Corporation has published The return of investment for preventive healthcare programmes.  This report outlines the divers of successful workplace health promotion programmes, provides an overview of health and wellbeing interventions offered by pharmaceutical companies, and develops a framework to analyse the return on investment of such projects, applying it to GSK’s P4P programme

Motivational Interviewing to Promote Oral Health in Adolescents

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a counseling strategy to help people change their behaviors. This single-blinded randomized controlled trial evaluated the effectiveness of MI in improving adolescents’ oral health | Journal of Adolescent Health

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Fifteen secondary schools were randomly assigned to three groups: (I) prevailing health education, (II) MI, and (III) MI coupled with interactive dental caries risk assessment (MI + RA). Adolescents (n = 512) with unfavorable oral health behaviors (infrequent toothbrushing and/or frequent snacking) were recruited; 161, 163, and 188 in groups I–III, respectively. Participants in the three groups received their respective interventions. At baseline and after 6 and 12 months, participants completed a questionnaire on their oral health self-efficacy and behaviors. Their oral hygiene (dental plaque score) and dental caries (number of decayed surfaces/teeth status) were recorded.

MI was more effective than prevailing health education strategy in eliciting positive changes in adolescents’ oral health behaviors and preventing dental caries.

Full reference: Wu, L. et al. Motivational Interviewing to Promote Oral Health in Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health. Published online:May 19, 2017