When we think about what makes us healthy, we often think about health care. But to really understand what makes us healthy, we need to look at the bigger picture and the circumstances in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.

Our work exploring the social determinants of health explores how these factors shape our opportunities to be healthy and highlights how action from a wide range of organisations can create a healthier society. 

We also want to change the conversation to focus on health as an asset, rather than ill health as a burden.

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Evidence hub: What drives health inequalities?

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Data and insight highlighting how the circumstances in which we live shape our opportunities for...

Publications

Quick guide

What makes us healthy?

March 2018
Quick guide

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

Strategy

Healthy lives for people in the UK

January 2017
Strategy

The greatest influences on people's health and wellbeing come from outside health care, including...

Infographics

We want our series of infographics to be a useful resource to help change the conversation about what makes us healthy. You are welcome to download, save and share them for education and non-commercial use. Please make sure that no modifications are made and that the Health Foundation and the source is clearly acknowledged in full.

If you have any further questions about using our resources in your work please get in touch at website@health.org.uk

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Infographic: What makes us healthy?

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To understand what shapes our health and wellbeing, we need to look at the bigger picture. This...

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How is work good for our health?

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By providing good work for all, we can reduce socio-economic inequalities and create a healthier...

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How do our family, friends and community influence our health?

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Infographic illustrating how our family, friends and community build the foundations for good...

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Transport and health

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Infographic looking at the links between our health and transport

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Poverty and health

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Infographic looking at how our money and resources can influence our health.

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How do our education and skills influence our health?

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Our latest infographic looks at how health is influenced by education and skills, and the...

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How do our surroundings influence our health?

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Infographic looking at how health is influenced by how places, spaces and buildings make us feel,...

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Our food and our health

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Infographic looking at how our health is influenced by the food we eat.

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How does housing influence our health?

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This infographic illustrates the main ways in which the links between housing and health play out.

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Thinking differently about health

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

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