Wellbeing and health are important foundations of a good life for the individual and a flourishing and prosperous society. Too often when people talk about health, their thoughts jump to issues around health care. But we know that the factors that have the biggest impact on our overall health largely sit outside of health care.

The Health Foundation’s programme of work on healthy lives complements our portfolio of work to improve health care delivery, and draws on our experience of making change happen in complex systems.

We want to change the conversation to focus on health as an asset, rather than ill health as a burden. We will be promoting policies and encouraging local action that can make a real and lasting difference.

Here you will find a selection of our most recent work to support everyone’s opportunity of a healthy life in the UK. Sign up to receive updates on our work in this area.

Healthy Lives infographics

What are the wider political, social, economic, environmental and cultural factors, which shape the conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work and age?

What makes us healthy? The case for addressing the wider determinants of health

Healthy lives strategy

During 2017, we are starting to implement our long-term strategy to bring about better health for people in the UK.

Find out more about our aims and plans for this programme of work.

Social determinants for health

The greatest influences on our health and wellbeing are factors such as: our education and employment opportunities; our housing; our social networks; the nature of where we live and the extent it facilitates exercise, a good diet and social connection.

Find out more about our work in adopting a social determinants approach to improve health.

Better policymaking for health

With a variety of factors contributing to people’s health, we want health improvement an objective across all policy areas.

Find out more about our work to promote national policies that support everyone’s opportunities for a healthy life.

Young people’s future health inquiry

A first-of-its-kind research and engagement project that aims to build an understanding of the influences affecting the future health of young people.

The social and economic value of good health

Good health is an asset. It is necessary for a prosperous and flourishing society.

Find out more about our work to explore the impact of health on social and economic development.

Building the evidence base

Securing good health requires new approaches to generating evidence that considers both population-level and individual-level action.

Find out more about our work to explore new approaches to building the evidence to improve health.