Two upcoming events

1)  More years of good health and wellbeing. Mission impossible? Jörg Huber Professor of Health Sciences,  Inaugural lecture –

Thursday 29 October 2015 at 6.30pm  Asa Briggs Hall Checkland Building,

Life expectancy has been increasing for some time now and further increases are expected. However, the number of years we live a healthy life has barely increased. This conundrum of long lives in combination with poor health and wellbeing has been an interest of mine for some time now although not always deliberately so. Improving health and wellbeing has been the focus of many efforts, and my own research reflects some of these efforts: research on physical activity, diet, smoking and alcohol consumption, and above all on diabetes as a major chronic condition will look at some of the options which are available to achieve the impossible: better health, better wellbeing and a better life.

Booking is essential. To register for this event, please book via the online shop: or email 

the promotional poster is at : Inaugural poster Jörg Huber v3

2) Health as an outcome of social practices: Re-conceptualising health education through a socio-technical lens

Thurs 15th October, 4 – 5.30pm, M126, Mayfield, Falmer 

Dr Cecily MallerSenior Research Fellow and Co-Leader Beyond Behaviour Change Research Program, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, Australia

All welcome. for further info and to register your attendance please click here::  All welcome cecily maller

Reminder – Cuppa Tea tomorrow 3pm Westlain room 212

Starting the new academic year off with a Health Promotion Afternoon tea – September 30th from 3pm.

A Cup of Tea

This is timed to run at the end of the third day of the 2015 Foundations of Health Promotion module, giving  new students a chance to meet current and past students and for us all to have a bit of a network and catch up.

Contributions/ help welcome.  Hope to see you there.


chance to hear from author of ‘the spirit level’

The Socialist Health Association have  2 fringe meetings organised at the Labour Party Conference which is taking place in Brighton next week. Unlike the main party conference meetings which require security passes, fringe meetings like this one are open – and we have been invited.

If you have never been to one, fringe meetings can be an interesting opportunity to a) hear renown speakers, b) see what type of questions politicians and party members raise – and just take advantage of the fact that the political party conferences sometimes take place locally.

Tuesday 29th of Sept at the Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD – very close to the station

Health and austerity 6pm on Tuesday 29th with

Professor Richard Wilkinson of the Equality Trust, joint author of The Spirit Level and

Debbie Abrahams MP

Invite sent by :
Martin Rathfelder , Director
Socialist Health Association


Brighton& Hove City Council public health department is embarking on a BIG SUGAR DEBATE in September/ October asking ‘should action be taken to promote sugar reduction?’…. for example by working with food outlets and retailers to promote healthier options.

I am collaborating with the coordinator, Harriet Knights on some joint projects and activities which link with the childhood obesity prevention projects our health promotion team is  already involved in.

Would you like to help out by doing a “photo transect” of sugar in your life? We are looking for 4 volunteers who live or work in Brighton & Hove, who will take photos of sugar/sugary foods and drinks for a 24 hour period – on Saturday September 19th. The photos will be uploaded and captioned  -and then used in social media etc for the ongoing Big Debate campaign.  This would be great preparation work for any student planning to do the Nutrition in Public Health module.  Below is an example from my first hour this morning – sugar pot on display beside my kettle, sugary drink on roadside advert on my way to University… If you are interested, please email me. There is a £10.00 thank you voucher from the council -or a free cinema ticket to That Sugar Film -see below.


There will be on forthcoming online consultation to fill in – which I will post here.

Meanwhile – we are trying to get enough people interested for a screening of That Sugar Film  – at Komedia Duke of Yorks Monday 26th Ocbober 9pm – (tickets £10.00)  and we need people to sign up and register in order for the screening to happen – please click on the link and spread the word.

This might be a nice social gathering to meet up before the screening.

CaSH – contraception and sexual health – volunteering vacancies

Sam Mallender from CaSH is inviting health promotion students to volunteer with CaSH – this is an excellent opportunity which previous students have valued greatly.

You could use the experience as a placement for the 20 credit Community Engagement Module NA6171  – or simply volunteer to learn about delivering sexual health in the UK to young people – training is provided.

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Reminder – subscribe to the UK Health Forum update service

UK Health Forum - Championing the prevention agenda

Hello -and welcome back for the new academic year.

A helpful way to catch up and keep abreast with what is going on in UK and EU public health is to sign up to the free weekly public health information update from the UK Health Forum – see link below.  The UK Health Forum is a non governmental organisation, formerly the National Heart Forum.

The weekly update service has just introduced a section on inequalities – so if you are already a subscriber, you may need to go online and update your subscription preferences.

Hope you find the link useful.