Annual Report of the Director of Public Health 2016

Prevention: Redressing the balance in a time of austerity

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Author Public Health
Published 13 January 2016

This year, the focus of the Annual Report of the Director of Public Health is the four main unhealthy behaviours in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and the subsequent personal and societal costs of these behaviours, including long-term conditions. These are; smoking, unhealthy diet, being physically inactive and, drinking too much alcohol, all of which are underpinned by emotional and mental wellbeing.

The report presents the size and scale of the problem in Richmond, and demonstrates how our environment and the people we interact have an impact on our ability to make healthy choices. The report aims to add value by making a case for preventative approaches in a time of austerity. Place and community level approaches are highlighted for their potential for a scaled, universal and population impact. The report also illustrates the importance of tailored and targeted individual level approaches for vulnerable groups.

The report is structured around:

  • Key messages
  • Unhealthy behaviours lead to long-term conditions
  • Unhealthy behaviours in London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
  • Consequences and Costs of unhealthy behaviours in London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
  • Redressing the Balance; place, community and individual level solutions
  • Interventions; what do people say?

Download last year's report(pdf, 2507KB)

An appendix of sources is available separately to this report. For more information about the report or sources, contact Public Health on public.health@richmond.gov.uk.

Updated: 16 March 2016