A key focus for the event in 2019 will be emerging new policy around better integrated and collaborative planning, coming forward in the National Planning Policy Framework, the Department for Transport’s updated appraisal guidance, the National Infrastructure Assessment and 'Prevention is better than cure', the new public health vision from Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. Hancock specifically mentions the need to 'coordinate transport, housing, education, the workplace and the environment in the grand enterprise to improve our nation’s health'. His key coordination message also highlights the evidence collected in a variety of recent reports that underlines the worrying lack of sustainable and active transport options being integrated into new housing developments.
Public Health England's Chief Executive Duncan Selbie calls the new vision 'a transformative moment for public health' and encourages everyone to work together for real change. 'National and local government must place prevention at the forefront of their policies. 'They must weave it into all of their plans and all of their policies, for everything from health and social care to town planning, housing and transport, he says. Read more here.
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There is an urgent need to get people moving, according to research by the World Health Organisation (WHO) which warns that a quarter of the global population, and more in wealthy countries, are becoming less and less active, damaging their physical and mental health.
The UK cost of obesity-related illness is likely to rise to £24bn per year by 2025. NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has already warned that obesity threatens to bankrupt the health service. UK air pollution causes 40,000 early deaths per year, with 70% of that pollution coming from road traffic, in particular diesel fumes.
There has never been a greater need for transport and public health teams to collaborate on practical plans for long-term improvement in sustainable travel, health and wellbeing.
There is a now an urgent 'business need' for local authorities to deliver high quality sustainable transport measures that enable healthier lifelstyles and demonstrate cost-effective good practice
This event is the place to learn from local authorities, specialist consultants, stakeholders and change-makers who are delivering successful public health and sustainable transport initiatives, and to pick up new ideas, inspiration and intelligence to take home and deliver in your own context.
Exhibiting at Public Health + Sustainable Transport guarentees a place for your organisation at the UK's largest gathering of sustainable transport and public health practitioners.
The event provides the only direct route to the entire network of decision-makers and budget holders responsible for the planning and provision of the full range of sustainable transport initiatives, along with their peers in public health.
This is the event where experts in the fields of public health and transport will provide practical blueprints for change:
An evidence-based approach to designing environments for physical activity
Clarifying differences in approaches to evidence generation and use
Promoting evidence-based approaches through knowledge and skills transfer
Improving air quality though better transport planning
Maximising co-benefits through active travel planning