Saving Lives: Our Healthier Nation 1999 The main targets were: • Cancer – to reduce the death rate in under 75s by at least 20% • Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke – to reduce the death rate in under 75s by at least 40% • Accidents – to reduce the death rate by at least 20% and serious injury by at least 10% • Mental Illness – to reduce the death rate from suicide and undetermined injury by at least 20%
21st Century. The public health White Paper – Choosing Health: Making Healthy Choices Easier, 2004 • This strategy follows on from Saving Lives: Our Healthier Nation. • It too aims to tackle health inequalities, but it also recognises that people should be empowered to make changes in their own lives.
Choosing Health: Making Healthy Choices Easier, 2004 The Strategy recognises that we are individuals
The Strategy has 3 underpinning principles • Informed choice: although with two important qualifications:- Protect children &- Do not allow one person’s choice to adversely affect another, eg passive smoking • Personalisation: support tailored to the needs of individuals • Working together: real progress depends on effective partnerships across communities
The Main Priorities of the Strategy • Reduce the number of people who smoke • Reduce obesity and improve diet and nutrition • Increase exercise • Encourage and support sensible drinking • Improve sexual health • Improve mental health