There is much that people can do actively to increase their chances of a healthy life. This includes exercising, eating well, avoiding health risks, not smoking and limiting alcohol. Community initiatives and health promotion activities complement individual efforts. Health promotion involves enabling people to increase control over their health and its determinants, and thereby improve their health status.
There are major inequalities in health status and outcomes in the UK
Many conditions or adverse outcomes are preventable.
Policy suggests there is potential for significant improvements.
We compiled information from 308 systematic reviews and found that the top things that managers and clinicians can do to enhance health promotion and prevention are:
Reminding people why prevention is important
Targeting interventions towards specific groups of people