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Prevention first

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) account for the greatest health and social care burden of disease in the UK and globally. We focus on the wider economic, social and environmental determinants of NCDs, and the potential co-benefits of action to address reducing health inequalities, strengthening sustainable development and tackling climate change. We do this through integrating policy research, development and advocacy, micro-simulation modelling, and public health information research and services.

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We believe, and evidence supports, that prevention is cheaper than care. Our research and advocacy focuses on cross-sector investment in prevention and population health measures aimed at reducing the national and global NCD burden.

We work to address the global burden of NCDs and to increase recognition and action on the drivers of the unequal distribution of preventable NCDs. Work includes assessing the effect of reducing risk factors on international disease burden - see Our Modelling to learn more.

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Our modelling  (coming soon!)

We work on the public health impacts of price and affordability, availability and promotion of alcohol, and are developing a tool to test the effects of alcohol policies in local authorities across England. We are a member of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK and host an online community of practice - AlcoholHealthLink - which connects those interested in alcohol harm reduction.

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Our modelling (coming soon!)

We are integrating the shared prevention aspects of dementia with other NCDs and the NCD prevention agenda with regards to research, policy and practice.

We work in key areas including: nutrition-based standards for school food; ‘traffic light’ nutritional labelling on food packaging; controls on food and drink marketing to children; fiscal measures for foods; and modelling on the future burden of obesity and obesity-related disease. We host the Obesity Learning Centre, which provides resources for anyone working to prevent or reduce obesity and promote healthy weight in local areas.

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Our modelling (coming soon!)

We engage in policy development that promotes opportunities for everyday forms of physical activity through active travel, planning and the built environment, and local resource provision through Healthy Places and PanaceaLink community of practice. We are developing a local modelling tool to test the effects of policies which promote active travel in local areas in England.

We work with members and partners in promoting policies that will move the country closer to achieving an end game for tobacco including: standardised packaging of tobacco products; increased research and regulations for electronic cigarettes; and the ban on smoking in cars where children are present. We host the GlobalLink community of practice for tobacco control.

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Our modelling (coming soon!)

We are engaged in policy work which address the dual drivers of cold homes and fuel poverty; the implementation of the national fuel poverty strategy; and the provision of information on the links between cold homes and the prevention of NCDs.