Public Health

Public health is about helping people to be healthy. It is encouraging people to make healthy lifestyle choices with knowledge that what we do now can impact on our health later in life.

Public health encompasses things like eating, drinking, exercise, smoking cessation, health checks, immunisations, and sexual and mental health. It is important that the government and organisations that serve the public are able to provide information, advice and guidance to support prevention and healthy choices.

Faith groups have a huge role to play in promoting public health, as they are in a unique position to disseminate messages – and they are often the first place that individuals will go for help and support.

Faith-based activity is of huge significance to people and their health and wellbeing and is to be celebrated.

Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive, Public Health England