Healthy Ageing Conference & Public Lecture 2015

A Conference and a Public Lecture

Thursday 30th October 2014
1.00pm to 5.30 pm and 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm
All Nations Centre, CF14 3NY Off the University Hospital of Wales ring road, Free parking

The importance of a healthy lifestyle

"Let doctors leave the centre stage and usher in the prophylactic age."
From Poems in POW Camp. AL Cochrane 1942

The Background:
Wales has been described as ‘the sick man of Europe’. The Wanless Report ‘Securing Good Health for the Whole Population’ stated that health services are unsustainable in their current form unless members of the public are ‘fully engaged’ and take responsibility for their own health.

The Evidence:
A thirty years research study in Caerphilly has shown that the following of a healthy lifestyle is associated with reductions of over 60% in a number of chronic diseases, including dementia, together with the postponement of disease for up to 12 years. Yet, when the study was set up in 1979, less than one percent of the subjects in the study followed a fully healthy lifestyle, and thirty years later the Welsh Health Survey, commissioned by the Assembly, shows that this proportion has not changed.

The healthy behaviours - non-smoking, a low body weight, regular exercise, a healthy diet and drinking within the guidelines - will be examined. Possible ways of increasing uptake , and possible new initiatives will be considered.

The Conference will be chaired by Julie Williams, Chief Scientific Officer, Wales and speakers will include: Professor Sir Mansel Aylward, Professors Marcus Longley, Stephen Rollnick, Colin Dayan, Rhodri Martin, Tony Bayer, John Gallacher and Peter Elwood.

Professor Mark Drakeford AM, Minister of Health and Social Services will give the evening Public Lecture: ‘HEALTH – our responsibility’. The Minister will describe his strategy for the improvement of public health throughout Wales, and will present new initiatives which will, given acceptance by the people in Wales, transforming health across Wales.

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