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A partnership between the University of Hertfordshire and Hertfordshire County Council Public Health Department.

Hertfordshire Public Health Connect

Hertfordshire Public Health Connect is a partnership between the University of Hertfordshire and Hertfordshire County Council Public Health Department. Hertfordshire Public Health Connect aims to bring together information about excellent public health research, practice and education for all professionals and students involved in Public Health in Hertfordshire and the East of England.

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Engaging with convenience stores for healthier food provision: what works?

Monica Foss, Samantha Royston, Mary Atkinson, Corinna Hawkes

In the UK, convenience stores play an important part in shaping diets. They are often found at the centre of communities and in areas with few other food shops, which makes them convenient for everyone and essential for those with limited mobility due to age, disability or income. Unfortunately, however, they are not often associated with healthy food provision. To increase the availability of healthy foods, we therefore need to engage with the people who run convenience stores, to persuade them to sell more healthy options. Foss et al have explored what works when it comes to approaching and supporting convenience store operators to provide healthier foods in their stores and what motivates the retailers to join healthy food initiatives and stay committed. This included interviews with convenience store operators and the practitioners who worked with them on three healthy food initiatives, two in London and one in Scotland.

The team have produced an Evidence Review. A second document is also available here which summarises their recommendations for effective engagement.

Healthy People

There is a wealth of research undertaken that relates to healthy weight, weight management…

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Healthy Lives

The University of Hertfordshire carries out research related to ‘keeping active’ in five key areas…

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Healthy Places

Malnutrition has been reported in the homeless, yet the specific nutritional issues faced by each homeless…

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Mission Statement

Hertfordshire Public Health Connect is a partnership between the University of Hertfordshire and Hertfordshire County Council Public Health Department. Hertfordshire Public Health Connect aims to bring together information about excellent public health research, practice and education for all professionals and students involved in Public Health in Hertfordshire and the East of England.

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Project Partner Institutions

Careers in Public Health

We are often asked ‘how do I start a career in public health’ so we thought it would be useful to feature key local authority and academic colleagues in Hertfordshire.

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Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

Hertfordshire’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) looks at the specific health and social care needs of our local population and points out areas of inequality. It helps public bodies decide what type of local services to commission.

The JSNA contains a variety of needs assessments, each looking at a different issue. They are regularly updated to reflect the changing needs of the population…

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