Public Health England

NHD June Issue 125

PHE BUSINESS PLAN 2017 TO 2018

Published 12th April 2017.

The plan outlines the main steps and actions PHE will be focusing on over the next year to protect and improve the public’s health and reduce health inequalities. It also describes how PHE will deliver the second year of the strategic plan ‘Better outcomes by 2020’ and should be read in conjunction with this document.

Full details can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/phe-business-plan-2017-to-2018 

NHD April Issue 123 

New report - Weight change in primary school age children

‘Changes in the weight status of children between the first and final years of primary school’ is an analysis of data from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) in four local authorities from 2006 to 2015. Published on 14th March 2017, this report examines how weight status tracks in individual children during primary school using the NCMP data from four local authorities. The participating authorities had a larger than the national average proportion of children from deprived and Black and Asian ethnic communities. The data is, therefore, not nationally representative. To date, analysis of NCMP data has shown that the prevalence of obesity doubles between Reception and Year 6, and is higher in children from certain black and minority ethnic groups and those from the most deprived areas.

Available to download as a PDF from www.gov.uk/government/publications/weight-change-in-primary-school-age-children.

New report - Everybody active, every day: two-year update

This 36-page report is an update on the national physical activity framework for England, which was initially launched in October 2014 and set out the need for action across four domains. Published on 17th March 2017, this update covers the progress of the framework’s four action points:

• Active society: creating a social movement

• Moving professionals: activating networks of expertise

• Active environments: creating the right spaces

• Moving at scale: scaling up interventions that make us active

It was thought that negligible changes will have occurred; however, ‘it is positive that between 2013 and 2015-17 there has been a statistically significant 1% increase in the proportion of the population across local areas achieving the recommended 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each week.’ Physical on an individual level has seen improvement also.

The full report can be downloaded from www.gov.uk/government/publications/everybody-active-every-day-2-year-update

March issue 122 of NHD 

CONSULTATION ON DRAFT SACN UPDATE ON FOLIC ACID

A draft of the SACN update on folic acid is now available. This report updates the previous reviews of potential  adverse effects of folic acid on specific health outcomes and its recommendations on folic acid fortification (2006; 2009).

To read the full draft report visit: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-draftsacn-update-on-folic-acid