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.
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.
The Scottish Government have published ‘A healthier future: Scotland’s diet and healthy weight delivery plan‘. The plan is intended to support the aim to halve childhood obesity by 2030 and details actions to meet five outcomes: children have the best start in life – they eat well and have a healthy weight; the food environment supports healthier choices; people have access to effective weight management services; leaders across all sectors promote healthy weight and diet; and diet-related health inequalities are reduced.
The Scottish Government have issued guidance on producing local child poverty action reports. The guidance gives information on the background to the Child Poverty Act, details legal requirements and offers advice on how to assess child poverty. The guidance is aimed at local authorities and NHS boards.
The UK government have outlined part 2 of their childhood obesity action plan. The publication outlines the actions the government will take towards its goal of halving childhood obesity in England and reducing the gap in obesity between children from the most and least deprived areas by 2030.
The Scottish Government have published the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill. The Bill includes the target that no more than 5% of households in Scotland should be living in fuel poverty by 2040. It also sets out a new definition of fuel poverty that make a household classed as fuel poor if its required fuel costs are more than 10% of the household’s income after housing costs are paid, and if that means the remaining income is insufficient to maintain an acceptable standard of living. The draft fuel poverty strategy is also updated, with a final version due in 2019.
The Health Foundation have produced a report into the future health of young people in the UK. The report is ‘Listening to our future: early findings from the young people’s future health inquiry’, and aims to build an understanding of the influences affecting the future health of young people. Four assets are identified that help secure a healthy future. These are: appropriate skills and qualifications; personal connections; financial and practical support and emotional support. Of those polled, fewer than one in five young people felt they had access to all assets growing up.