Watch: What makes us healthy?

An introduction to the social determinants of health

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To understand what makes us healthy, we need to look at the bigger picture.

Watch our animation about the wider factors that shape our opportunities to live healthy lives – from the work we do to the places where we live.

Our infographic series explores how different social determinants influence our health, with supporting blogs and interviews to capture both expert insights and the lived experience of people. 

The themes are:

Further reading

Quick guide

What makes us healthy?

This guide explores how a person’s opportunity for health is influenced by factors outside the health and social care system.

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Infographics

Browse the latest infographics from the Health Foundation.

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Thinking differently about health

Our health is shaped by a wide range of factors, from the jobs we do to the places where we live. But are we getting the mess...

Blog

Keeping us healthy is not all about the NHS

Tackling the issue facing millions across the UK of spending years in ill health will only happen through a comprehensive pre...

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Policy recommendations for young people's future health

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Working paper

How many young people are accruing the assets they need for a healthy transition into adulthood?

This working paper uses longitudinal datasets to explore how many young people are accumulating the key asset for future heal...

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