Insights

Explore what we’re learning about improving health in cities.

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Urban health

Featured insight

Despite political or historical context, cities around the globe face similar challenges around health inequality. We’ve shared lessons with 10 similar cities to explore the barriers to living healthier lives, and how we can collectively remove them in this report.

Global perspectives on urban health

COVID-19 Urban health

Woman wearing a face mask in the street
Keiron Boyle
Kieron Boyle
Chief Executive
Opinion
30 Mar 2020

COVID-19: supporting our partners and local communities

Communities and local institutions have been devastated by COVID-19. We set out an immediate and long-term plan to support them.

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Health effects of air pollution

Parents walking with their child in a pram in the rain
Larissa Lockwood
Head of Health and Air Quality, Global Action Plan
Opinion
12 Mar 2020

Air pollution and children’s health

We explore the often hidden and harmful effects of air pollution on children and what interventions are available to help.

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Health effects of air pollution

Road near a railway underpass
Jacob West
Executive Director of Healthcare Innovation, British Heart Foundation
Opinion
12 Mar 2020

Clean air is vital for those with heart conditions

Clean air is good for everyone but we explore why it's especially important for those with heart conditions.

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Health effects of air pollution

Cars on road
Frank Kelly
Chair of Environmental Health, Imperial College London
Opinion
12 Mar 2020

Solving air pollution is within our reach

Kings College's Dr Frank J Kelly discusses why we require better evidence around what works in order to solve the issue of air pollution.

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Health effects of air pollution

Skate slopes in a park
Kate Langford
Kate Langford
Programme Director
Opinion
11 Mar 2020

Tackling the health effects of air pollution – key lessons

Air pollution is a complex issue. Here we share the key lessons guiding our approach to tackling the health effects of air pollution.

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Multiple long-term conditions

Older woman with a crutch crossing the road and pulling a trolley
Barbara Reichwein
Barbara Reichwein
Programme Director (maternity leave)
Opinion
25 Feb 2020

Ten years on from the Marmot Review

Over the past decade, very little has progressed at a national scale to reduce inequality. We discuss why these health inequalities are not inevitable.

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Childhood obesity

People walking in front of a supermarket
Impact on Urban Health logo
Impact on Urban Health
Reports
24 Feb 2020

UK product profile

An assessment of the nutritional quality of approximately 50% of packaged foods and beverages sold in the UK in 2016 and their suitability to be marketed to children

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Childhood obesity

Drinks cabinet in a convenience store
Jessica Attard
Jessica Attard
Portfolio Manager
Opinion
20 Feb 2020

Making convenience stores healthier

Sharing what we’ve learnt from our local pilot in Southwark where we introduced small changes to nudge consumers towards healthier options.

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Childhood obesity

Young people outside chicken shop
Jessica Attard
Jessica Attard
Portfolio Manager
Opinion
10 Jan 2020

Learning from London’s Foodscape

We studied how the built environment shapes how young people eat, and explore the need for transforming transit stops and creating new civic spaces for young people.

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