Public Health?

Yes that’s right, Public Health.

This is about, believe it or not – the health of the public. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Yet when I tell people I want to work in this field they usually ask “What’s that?”

It encompasses so many factors… preventing ill health, monitoring health, and improving health. But what actually affects our health? What food we eat? Yes. If we exercise? Yes. If we drink plenty of water? Yes. But it’s also affected by other factors, for example the amount of money invested into the NHS, waiting lists on support services, our education, history, even where we live.

I want to work in public health because it affects everybody. You, me, your family, your friends, even the guy you bought your coffee from this morning.

As a young person starting my career in this line of work, i’m overwhelmed, excited and scared for the future of public health. I’m writing this blog to explore all things which can affect an individual’s health. I hope to learn what’s improving this and what isn’t and if there’s anything we can do as people to improve the health of ourselves and those around us.

Watch this space…

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4 Comments

  1. Jane calway
    July 30, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    Fabulous Aimee .. can’t wait to see your next one .. brilliant idea xxx

  2. Emma
    July 30, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    I’m excited to see what comes next 🙂

  3. Janey
    July 31, 2017 / 5:49 am

    I work as a district nurse and see everyday how long term health conditions such as diabetes . Chronic obstructive airways disease , heart failure , alcoholism all have a huge impact on an individuals health and lifestyle not only of themselves but of their families too .. our NHS is under funded and sadly the future for it looks pretty bleak .. whatever happens in relation to this it’s imperative that we teach our current and future generations to take charge of their own health from an early age and I mean early !!! My own opinion is we should be teaching our children both at home from a very early age and in schools from reception about diet and its significance , exercise and it’s significance and emotional and mental health especially coping strategies for the stresses and strains of modern life as it quite often is the impact of this that leads to unkealthy coping mechanisms that then lead to a downward spiral in someone’s health status

    • August 14, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      I couldn’t agree more Jane! Health education is such an important factor in protecting the health snd wellbeing of our population. Thanks for your comment I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my blog.

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