Health Promotion / Lifestyle

Resources of information on health promotion issues

Patient has an extensive section of leaflets on health promotion and lifestyle issues. Health promotion is about keeping healthy, living a healthy lifestyle, preventing illness, and preventing any existing illness from becoming worse. The health promotion and lifestyle leaflets section includes leaflets on diet, obesity, smoking, exercise, alcohol, preventing heart disease, cervical screening, breast screening, sun and health, etc.

Immunisation is also an important aspect of health promotion and Patient includes information leaflets about the common immunisations.

Some screening tests and investigations are relevant to health promotion.

Other UK sources of information on health promotion issues

General health promotion websites

These first few UK sites are comprehensive covering many aspects of health promotion and a healthy lifestyle. There then follows links to sites on specific topics.

Change 4 Life

Eat well - Move more - Live longer - this website is part of the Change 4 Life government backed campaign. 

NHS LifeCheck

A free online service from the NHS that guides people through a series of questions about their lifestyle and gives personalised results.

Prevention package for older people

A suite of downloadable prevention package resources from the Department of Health designed to support PCTs, SHAs and Local Authorities in prioritising and effectively commissioning services that support the health, well-being and independence of older people.

Take on life, one step at a time

A website from Healthier Scotland with information about healthy eating and physical activity.

NHS Health Scotland

Scotland's health improvement agency for improving the health of the nation.

Health at Work Programme from the British Heart Foundation

From the British Heart Foundation promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Healthcare Promotions

A free and easy to access service for healthcare professionals which  is focused on providing an effective and relevant service that can be used to help raise awareness across the UK on a number of health issues.

Accident and injury prevention (UK sites)

Accidental injury

Links from the Department of Health on accidental injury. 

Think Road Safety

Information from Directgov about road safety information for road users

The Health & Safety Executive

The national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness.

Child Accident Prevention Trust

A UKs leading charity working to reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

RoSPA is committed to preventing accidents, all the while seeking to strike the right balance between prescription and individual choice.

British Safety Council

A global health, safety and environmental charity.

Electrical Safety Council

An independent body promoting safety and good practice in anything related to electricity.

See also the self help and support groups for accidents

Alcohol & drug abuse prevention (UK sites)

Alcohol Focus Scotland

Scotland’s national charity working to reduce the harm caused by alcohol.

Down Your Drink

A site designed to help you work out whether you're drinking too much, and if so, what you can do about it..

Drink Aware

Aims to promote responsible drinking and find innovative ways to challenge the national drinking culture to help reduce alcohol misuse and minimise alcohol-related harm.


Fast Forward is a national voluntary organisation that exists to give young people the skills, education and support to live healthier lives.

Hope UK

Works with communities throughout the UK to prevent drug and alcohol-related harm to children and young people. 

Life Education Centres

Aims to help children make healthy choices by providing a comprehensive range of high quality and evidence-based services appropriate to the needs of primary school children.

Positive Prevention Plus

A network of concerned citizens and prevention professionals who believe that drug-free healthy lifestyles will protect and enhance society and its stability for present and future generations.


A national drug information website providing friendly, confidential drugs advice.

See also the self help and support groups section on addiction

Cancer prevention (UK sites)


Information from the Department of Health on preventing cancer, improving outcomes, etc.

Preventing cancer

Information from CancerHelp UK.

UK Screening Programmes

Information from the UK Screening Portal which includes the cancer screening programmes.

Everyman - action against male cancer

The Institute of Cancer Research's campaign to raise money for research into prostate and testicular cancers. 

See also the self help and support groups section on cancer

Heart disease prevention (UK sites)

British Heart Foundation

A charitable organisation that aims to play a leading role in the fight against heart disease so that it is no longer a major cause of disability and premature death.

Heart Research UK

A visionary charity that leads the way funding ground breaking, innovative medical research projects at the cutting edge of science into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.

See also the self help and support groups for heart disease

Immunisation (UK sites)


Information from the Department of Health.


Information from NHS Choices

See also the travel health page.

Men's and women's health (UK sites)


A sexual health charity, the FPA give straightforward information, advice and support on sexual health, sex and relationships to everyone in the UK.

Men's Health Forum

A centre of excellence for men's health policy and practice.

Women's Health Concern

A leading charity providing help and advice to women on a wide variety of gynaecological, urological and sexual health conditions.

See also the men's health and women's health self help and support groups.

Hilary Cole
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Hilary Cole
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Last Checked:
25 August 2011

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