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Launch of Healthy and Wealthy Campaign

November 2015 - We’ve now published Healthy and Wealthy? - our report into the food and drink industry and health.  

Work and Health 

Is work a source of stress – or good for our health? Does the type of work matter? Should we be looking to bring forward or delay retirement? 

Tai Chi

What is Tai Chi? Does it have possible health benefits? How do we know? Are there any risks we need to be aware of?

Heart Attack Prevention 

What is a Heart Attack? What are the symptoms? What are the main risk factors? How can we reduce the risk?


What is osteoporosis? How many people are affected? What are the symptoms? Who is most vulnerable? Can we reduce the risk?


What is meditation? Can it affect our body as well as our mind? What is the evidence? Are there any health risks?


What is flu? Is it ever fatal? Who is most vulnerable? What can we do to avoid getting it? Should we be worried about a flu pandemic?  

It is all in the mind?

Most of us know what we need to do to pursue a healthy lifestyle – but how can we increase our chances of acting on what we know?

Preventing Falls

Around 1 in 3 adults living at home and aged over 65 fall each year. This can knock not just their body but also their confidence, their independence and their mental health.

Health Action Campaign

Why do we need a Health Action Campaign? Can't we just rely on the NHS? 

Cancer Prevention Guidelines

What are the most common types of cancer? Is there anything we can do to reduce the risk – or enable earlier detection, so treatment can start earlier?

How well are we Ageing?

Is there a difference between our biological age and our chronological age? If so, how can we tell how quickly our bodies are ageing? That’s what researchers at King’s College have been exploring. 

Tackling Obesity 

What causes obesity? What has been done so far to try to prevent it? What can we each do as individuals? What do government, the food industry and health professionals need to do?   

Mindful Eating

If you want to eat less, is it better to snack on small, calorie-restricted portions at frequent intervals - or to eat two or three larger meals per day? Or is the way we eat more important than how often we eat?

Losing Weight 

Strange but true? A BBC programme (10 Things you need to know about losing weight) suggested some counterintuitive ways of losing weight – and the science behind this. 

Is Obesity bad for the Brain?

We know obesity can increase our risk of physical health problems.  Might being obese affect our brain as well as our body?

What Causes Obesity - The Test of Time?

Many causes of obesity have been suggested. The most popular is eating too much and moving too little. Other suggested causes include our genes, some medical conditions, certain medications, emotional factors, age, alcohol and lack of sleep. What does the test of time suggest? 

Who's really responsible for the Obesity? 

Should we blame our genes for our obesity - or are we to blame? And what role do our parents and grandparents play?

Healthy Eating on a Budget

What are our Top Ten shopping Tips? Which foods are cheap but healthy? What other tips are there for healthy eating on a budgetr? 

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?  

What is CBT? How does it work? Where is it provided? Is it available through the NHS? 

How effective is CBT?  

What kinds of anxiety and depression can it help with? Can it help manage pain? Can it help with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Does it still work if you’re older? How does it work and how can I access CBT if I need it? 

Obesity - Causes and Consequences 

Are you worried that you or someone close to you might be becoming too fat or obese? What health problems might this lead to? What are the symptoms? 

Junk Food Syndrome? 

Is there such a thing as 'junk food'? If so, what is it, why do people eat it and what are the health implications? And might what it doesn't include be as important as what it does? 


How harmful is sugar? Is hidden sugar a particular health risk? Are some sugars healthier than others? How much sugar should we be consuming?

Are Carbs bad for your diet? 

Should we be considering a low carbohydrate diet? Can this help us lose weight? Is it good or bad for our health? 

Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load

What are they? Why do they matter? What foods are healthier from a glycemic perspective?

Healthy Ageing

What is healthy ageing? When do we start to age? Why do some people age faster than others? Does what happens earlier in life influence this? So what can we do to slow the pace of ageing? What is new here?

How important is our Body Clock?

Do we have a built in body clock? If so, what triggers it? Does it influence our sleep? And what are the health implications? 

Healthy Choices?

 Why do we sometimes make healthy choices - and sometimes not? Please help with our research on this by completing our short survey into heath behaviour change.

Fitness or Fatness? 

Do you find it difficult to get your weight down? If so, can keeping physically fit reduce the health risks? Or can keeping slim compensate if you don’t do much exercise?  

Vitamin D and Ageing

Why is Vitamin D ('the sun vitamin') important for our health? Why might we be at risk of Vitamin D deficiency as we get older? What can we do to avoid this?

Parkinson's Disease

What is Parkinson’s Disease? What are the symptoms? What causes it? Is there anything we can do to prevent it? 

Healthy Living 

What are the biggest risk factors for your health? Does your lifestyle need to be healthier? If so, how can you achieve this? And how can you keep it up? What difference can this make to your health?

Where do people live longest in the UK? 

Does your postcode really affect how long you might live? Do we need to move home to live longer? Or can we stay and find ways to improve our longevity? 

Type 2 Diabetes

What is type 2 diabetes? What are the symptoms? What are the main risk factors? How can we reduce the risk of getting it?

Ageing of the immune system - Immunosenescence 

As we age our immune system becomes less effective and we are more likely to fall ill. Can we do anything about this, so that we stay healthier for longer?  

Look After Your Body  

There are seven practical things we can do to increase our chances of living a long and healthy life:  

Look After Your Mind  

We probably all know we need to look after our body. What we might not realise is how important it is to look after our mind as well. Here are seven ways this can help increase our prospects of living longer, in good health: 

Having a purpose in Life

Is having something to live for good for our health? Does having a purpose in life help us live longer? What if we feel we don’t have a sense of purpose? 


What is osteoarthritis? What causes it? Who is most at risk? Can we prevent it? How is it different from osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis? 

Stroke prevention

How serious a health risk are strokes? Who is at greatest risk? Can a healthy diet reduce the risk? What else can we do? And can this help reduce the risk of other serious illnesses?

Sleep Deprivation 

What causes serious lack of sleep? How many people are affected? How can lack of sleep affect our health? What can we do about it? 

Is laughter good for our health? 

Is laughter really the ‘best medicine’? We all feel better for laughing - but is there any evidence it can really improve our health? And if so, is this due to laughter itself or to something else? 

Minerals - The Body's requirement

How do minerals help keep us healthy? Where should we get them from? And are there health risks if we take too much?

Regional Diets

Which parts of the world have the healthiest diets? What might diets from Scandanavia, the Mediterranean and Japan have in common?

A Diet that works for you 

Do we need to follow a specific diet plan if we want to lose weight? Which diet plans are most effective? And which are also healthiest?  

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