The Centre for Ageing Better have published a report highlighting why people put off making vital home adaptations. The report is based on interviews carried out by Northumbria University, with older individuals and their families, as well as professionals including Occupational Health specialists, handyperson services and local authority staff. The research also employed a camera study with 30 individuals documenting the way they navigated their homes – the first time this technology has been used in this setting. The report highlights that participants with reduced mobility often make the decision to install equipment and adapt their homes too late, and that stigma and the clinical appearance of equipment and adaptations were off-putting.
The Scottish Government have launched an ‘Active Scotland Delivery Plan‘ setting out the actions that the Scottish Government and partner organisations will take to support and enable people in Scotland to be more physically active. Amongst the priorities are growing Scotland’s network of paths and trails, providing additional sports opportunities in deprived areas, and supporting efforts to ensure children can play outside safely. The aim is to cut physical inactivity in adults and teenagers by 15% by 2030.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have published a paper on ‘Understanding well-being inequalities: who has the poorest well-being?‘. The paper presents an analysis of the characteristics and circumstances associated with the poorest life satisfaction, feeling the things done in life are worthwhile, happiness and anxiety in the UK, from 2014 to 2016.
The Education and Skills Committee of the Scottish Parliament have published a report into the attainment and achievement of school children experiencing poverty. The report follows the committee inquiry into what can be done to support the education of children and young people who are experiencing poverty, and makes recommendations that policies at school level and above are “poverty proofed” so there are fewer financial barriers to school education.
The World Health Organization (WHO) have published a report entitled ‘Making THE (transport, health and environment) link‘. The report discusses how countries can advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development goals by focussing on achieving healthy, clean, zero-emission mobility and transport for all in Europe, and emphasises the ways that the policy platform can support action and establish collaborative partnerships.
The Scottish Cancer Prevention Network (SCPN) have issued their latest newsletter. The newsletter features a forthcoming campaign from ASH Scotland on the #befree campaign to discourage young people from smoking; a campaign to introduce healthier food in workplaces in NHS Scotland; research on the impact of alcohol availability; an update on the World Cancer Research Fund Cancer Prevention Recommendations and their Cancer Health Check tool; the Scottish Government consultation on food served in schools; the ‘daily mile’ initiative; the work of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Cancer; a Nourish Scotland report on what people want to see in a fair and healthy food system; the World Cancer Research Fund report that features evidence that nutritional factors and physical activity can predict important outcomes for breast cancer; an infographic on responses to the Scottish Government consultation on proposals to improve diet and promote healthy weight; a spotlight on Scottish Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer; an interview with Professor Sarah Wild, an epidemiologist at the University of Edinburgh and an honorary consultant in public health at NHS Lothian, on the association between diabetes and cancer; updates on the BeWEL trial and the ActWELL Study and a round-up of recent research highlights.
NHS Health Scotland have issued a briefing paper on ‘Children’s social circumstances and educational outcomes‘. The paper looks at how the circumstances in which children and young people live and learn contribute to inequalities in educational outcomes, and highlights the link between poor educational attainment and increased rates of death and illness in adults for a wide range of health conditions.