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Knowledge is power as the legacy of health information continues

Kevin Hutchison, Macmillan National Information Strategy Manager, NHS inform

Kevin Hutchison explains how NHS inform shaping a new Health and Wellbeing online zone dedicated to supporting the people of Scotland to lead healthy lifestyles.

For the Commonwealth Games in 2014 we developed a zone on the NHS inform website to direct users to health and social care services and advice on health and wellbeing over the summer.

Creating a dedicated Commonwealth Games zone, was a great way for us to highlight the range of information we have available to help people lead healthier lives and to prevent ill health. We were delighted that over 800 people throughout the Games accessed the zone.

Often people use services like ours when they are worried about their health. Through our zones, we are able to give free online information and advice about all aspects of health and wellbeing and we’ve been very keen to use the opportunity of the positive health messages associated with the Games to support people to make changes to their lives.

I'm delighted that we will shortly be launching a new dedicated Health and Wellbeing zone. The zone offers users an interactive area where they can get quality assured health and care information across a range of topics,  including how people can become more physically active and the health benefits of leading an active lifestyle, as well as general information on diet, nutrition, alcohol, and how to maintain positive mental and physical health.

Developed in partnership with NHS Health Scotland, our zone will help NHS health improvement and social care teams promote the work that they do, and the services they offer locally.

At NHS inform, we have a clear vision to be 'Scotland's first choice for dynamic health and social care information, anytime, every time'.  We believe that providing preventative health and wellbeing information not only enhances the positive lifestyle messages associated with the Games, but can help people to take that personal step to lead a more active, healthy life.

It is an exciting time for NHS inform and we are very keen to build on the momentum created by Glasgow 2014. 

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