A week in my shoes

14th December 2016

Jonathan Pam writes about his experience of Healthy Living Week. Follow me on a little journey… Imagine, if you will — a bearded guy sat on a smoothie bike peddling as hard as he can in order to make a smoothie drink to give to a little old lady visiting her son at a South London hospital. […]

Taking the crisis out of mental health crisis care

8th December 2016

Dr Emma Whicher, Clinical Lead for Healthy London Partnership’s Mental Health Crisis Care Programme and Medical Director at South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, on how London is introducing standards for mental health crisis care across the city. It is estimated that in any given year one in four Londoners will […]

The price of a bus ticket

27th October 2016

Rob Edgar, Groundswell peer researcher and London Homeless Health Programme board member who has lived experience of homelessness, writes about his work to support people who are homeless to access health services. “I came to be a homeless health peer advocate after a chance encounter with one of the other residents who was also staying in […]

Keeping Mum

10th October 2016

Mum of two Emma Fox explains why she’s so passionate about ensuring pregnant women and new mothers have access to high quality and timely mental health services. I was diagnosed with bipolar in my early twenties. I’ve worked hard, with the support of many services, to understand my condition and gain stability in my life. I knew […]

Striking the balance between work and play

28th September 2016

Ian Lush, Chief Executive, Imperial College Healthcare Charity and Chair of Healthy Living Week steering group explains why Healthy Living Week is a great way of showing appreciation and giving something back. Imperial College Healthcare Charity has supported its partner Trust for Healthy Living Week over the last three years, but this is the first time […]

From fat to fit in the workplace

27th September 2016

Maria Vidal-Read tells us about her experience going from fat to fit by making some changes in the workplace. In 2007 my dad died, I gave birth to my second son and I got sick! I had a BMI of 45. I guess I was classed as obese even though I just felt like me; […]

Let Healthy Living Week be the beginning of better workplace health

26th September 2016

Sarah Price, Chief Officer at NHS Haringey CCG, writes about why she wants Healthy Living Week to be the beginning of better workplace health in the NHS. We’re really excited about Healthy Living Week in my CCG. We’ve got lots of fun activities and events planned during the week for our staff — and our hope is that we […]

Our children are getting fatter!

by Jemma Gilbert, Head of Prevention, Healthy London Partnership, 17th May 2016

I hate using that word. I would never call a child or adult fat, it’s hurtful, but as a group it’s a fact we cannot ignore anymore. We have more obese children in London than in New York and our children are more seriously overweight than those in Madrid, Paris or Sydney. Two out of […]