B:4 Enabling Healthier Behaviours – What is Our Role in Achieving a Healthier Scotland?

Session Summary

Public health is often defined as ‘the science and art of promoting and protecting health and well-being, preventing ill-health and prolonging life through the organised efforts of society’. But what does that mean in practice?

Chaired by Gerry McLaughlin, CEO, NHS Health Scotland this session allowed delegates to explore themes of diet and obesity, alcohol and adverse childhood experiences and the impact they have on the health of the people in Scotland.  

Delegates heard from a panel of experts on improving the health of the population, through case studies and lived experience testimonies. Concluding with an overview of the new public health body, and the role they have to continue this work.  

Delegates were asked to consider the importance of a healthier NHS workforce, and the responsibility they have in working together, across agencies to enable individuals and communities to improve their health and well-being by addressing the wider determinants of health.