RSPH presents Healthier Environments, a collaboration with ITN Productions Industry News, Launching October 2019.

For a fifth consecutive year, RSPH and ITN Productions Industry News are producing a news and current affairs-style programme addressing the dominant issues surrounding public health today and showcasing the excellent work being done to improve and protect the nation’s wellbeing.

Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives. The programme will look at the impact of social media on young people’s health and what is being done to address this on a national level.

Healthier Environments will also highlight the wider determinants of health, looking at the individual, social and environmental factors which our influencing our health today and the leading socio-economic factors effecting wellbeing including vaccination uptake, alcohol and drug misuse, payday loans and gambling, workplace health and obesity.

The programme will showcase the support given by the wider health workforce, looking at how the front-line staff protect the public’s mental health and wellbeing and the importance of education to support the wider health workforce community.

Drawing upon ITN’s 60-year heritage and expertise in storytelling, the news-style piece will be anchored by Natasha Kaplinsky to combine a mixture of news items, editorial profiles and studio feature interviews.

Healthier Environments will launch at the RSPH Health & Wellbeing Awards 2019 on 17 October at East Wintergarden in London. The programme will form part of an extensive communications campaign featuring RSPH members and professional partners, as well as journalists, writers, bloggers and relevant government departments.

Shirley Cramer, Chief Executive, Royal Society for Public Health, said: “We are delighted to be working with ITN Productions again this year to unmask the wider causes behind health outcomes and showcase the vital role the public health workforce plays in improving the public’s health. 

Individual, social and environmental factors continue to play a powerful role in determining our health and wellbeing. Today we live in a world which increasingly exists online and it is important we shed light on the impact that emerging factors such as social media can have upon the health and wellbeing of those most vulnerable, and in particular, our children and young people.”

Vicki Clubley, Interim Head of ITN Productions Industry News said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with RSPH again to produce a programme supporting the passion to improve the nation’s public health. We hope the content can be used to share best practise and promote ideas to shape a better future.”

For more information, or to participate in the programme, please contact James Linden, Head of Industry News at ITN Productions, on 0207 430 4228 or via email.