• 14 Sep 2021
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    Community engagement – the idea of working collaboratively with groups of people united by an interest, issue or situation, to address matters affecting them – is a term applied to all kinds of scenarios. It’s as much a part of politics as it is a part of environmental activism, social justice campaigning and indeed, it has been a crucial element of peacebuilding in areas recovering from conflict such as Northern Ireland.  But how does one go about engaging a community? How do you build the trust, the sense of shared purpose, the drive, that gets members of a community, diverse almost by definition, on your side? To find out, we sat down with Zoe Keeping, our CHESS Plan Co-ordinator in...
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  • 01 Sep 2021
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    The purpose of this article is to articulate the impact of high-risk behaviours including smoking and alcohol use on the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by conducting a rapid review. The studies included are searched from several databases such as PubMed, MEDLINE as well as the WHO website. Only literature published after 2015 was used.   The impact of tobacco use on NCD prevalence  Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) tend to be of long duration, and are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioural factors. The main types of NCDs include cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. According to the WHO...
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  • 26 Aug 2021
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    On August 26th of each year, the United States celebrates Women’s Equality Day. The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Its purpose is, in the words of former President Barack Obama, to “pay tribute to the trailblazers and suffragists who moved us closer to a more just and prosperous future“.   But what does a more just and prosperous future for women mean in the context of public health? It may surprise you to know that there remain some very significant disparities in health outcomes for women, compared to men of the same age, race...
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  • 21 Aug 2021
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    World Senior Citizens’ Day is celebrated annually on the 21st of August and its purpose is to raise awareness of issues affecting older people such as health deterioration, as well as to celebrate the contributions of elderly people to society. According to a report published by the United Nations in 2019, there were 703 million persons aged 65 years or over in the world that year. The number of older persons is projected to double to 1.5 billion in 2050. The health of older people is increasingly important in all countries. At C3, our vision is a world where people aren’t dying of...
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  • 12 Aug 2021
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    Today is International Youth Day, a day for bringing into focus and considering issues surrounding young people across the globe.   At C3, our vision is a world where people aren’t dying of preventable chronic diseases, because they are finding it easier to live healthier lives. We work to bring together different individuals and communities to create changes which help people:  Stop using tobacco  Improve what they eat and drink  Take more physical exercise  Each of these habitual changes are most effective in the young, firstly because they have more life ahead of them than people of other age groups and secondly because when we...
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  • 11 Aug 2021
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    On Thursday, August 5 2021, the Royal Society of Medicine held the 85th event in its series on the Covid-19 pandemic, where it invites panellists from a wide range of fields to speak about their perspectives on the health crisis. This particular event focused on health inequalities in the pandemic. Hosted by Prof. Sir Michael Marmot, the guest speakers were Dr Habib Naqvi, Director of the NHS Race and Health Observatory, Jo Bibby, Director of Health at the Health Foundation, and Dr Bola Owolabi, Director of Health Inequalities at NHS England. Speaking first, Jo Bibby pointed out that her research...
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  • 16 Jun 2021
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    On Tuesday, 15th of June, C3 held the last in its season of morning workplace health webinars in conjunction with the Society of Occupational Medicine. C3’s work focuses on the prevention of chronic disease, and examining the main risk factors. Many of these risk factors have driven the mortality of the novel coronavirus, and we wanted to hear from industry leaders about the lessons they have learnt over the past 15 difficult months. The webinar was chaired by Caroline Stanger, a C3 Trustee, IBM Associate Partner, NHS Non-Executive Director and founder of the Global Chief Medical and Health Officer Network....
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Blog

CHESS Walk in Brent for Prevention in Action

16 Sep 2021
Hugo Mills
Project Prevention in Action was conceived of with a view to addressing gaps and barriers in knowledge among healthcare providers as to the everyday challenges that low-income, disenfranchised, marginalised populations experience, particularly those who identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and/or people living with NCDs, when attempting to engage in healthy and active living. To do this, C3 is inviting healthcare providers to join with local community members in using our innovative community engagement, digital health strategy known as Community Health Engagement Survey Solutions (CHESS™) in three communities in England, Ireland and France. Brent The community chosen by...
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CHESS Walk in Abbeville

14 Sep 2021
Hugo Mills
CHESS (Community Health Engagement Survey Solutions) is an innovative, data-driven community engagement process. Using the CHESS App, people come together to investigate their local environment, assess the factors that make it easier or harder for them to live healthily, and identify positive changes they can make as a community. It was created by C3’s Dr. Denise Stevens and includes a mobile tool that equips local communities to identify and map the daily barriers they face when making choices about diet, activity and healthy living.  Project ASPIRE As a partner in Project ASPIRE, C3 is engaging with 7 different communities across...
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What’s the secret to effective community engagement?

14 Sep 2021
Hugo Mills
Community engagement – the idea of working collaboratively with groups of people united by an interest, issue or situation, to address matters affecting them – is a term applied to all kinds of scenarios. It’s as much a part of politics as it is a part of environmental activism, social justice campaigning and indeed, it has been a crucial element of peacebuilding in areas recovering from conflict such as Northern Ireland.  But how does one go about engaging a community? How do you build the trust, the sense of shared purpose, the drive, that gets members of a community, diverse almost by definition, on your side? To find out, we sat down with Zoe Keeping, our CHESS Plan Co-ordinator in...
Read More

The impact of tobacco and alcohol use on NCD prevalence: a review 

01 Sep 2021
Hugo Mills
The purpose of this article is to articulate the impact of high-risk behaviours including smoking and alcohol use on the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by conducting a rapid review. The studies included are searched from several databases such as PubMed, MEDLINE as well as the WHO website. Only literature published after 2015 was used.   The impact of tobacco use on NCD prevalence  Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) tend to be of long duration, and are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioural factors. The main types of NCDs include cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. According to the WHO...
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The Gender Data Gap: how what we don’t know about women is leading to unequal health outcomes

26 Aug 2021
Hugo Mills
On August 26th of each year, the United States celebrates Women’s Equality Day. The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Its purpose is, in the words of former President Barack Obama, to “pay tribute to the trailblazers and suffragists who moved us closer to a more just and prosperous future“.   But what does a more just and prosperous future for women mean in the context of public health? It may surprise you to know that there remain some very significant disparities in health outcomes for women, compared to men of the same age, race...
Read More

World Senior Citizens’ Day 2021

21 Aug 2021
Hugo Mills
World Senior Citizens’ Day is celebrated annually on the 21st of August and its purpose is to raise awareness of issues affecting older people such as health deterioration, as well as to celebrate the contributions of elderly people to society. According to a report published by the United Nations in 2019, there were 703 million persons aged 65 years or over in the world that year. The number of older persons is projected to double to 1.5 billion in 2050. The health of older people is increasingly important in all countries. At C3, our vision is a world where people aren’t dying of...
Read More

International Youth Day 2021

12 Aug 2021
Hugo Mills
Today is International Youth Day, a day for bringing into focus and considering issues surrounding young people across the globe.   At C3, our vision is a world where people aren’t dying of preventable chronic diseases, because they are finding it easier to live healthier lives. We work to bring together different individuals and communities to create changes which help people:  Stop using tobacco  Improve what they eat and drink  Take more physical exercise  Each of these habitual changes are most effective in the young, firstly because they have more life ahead of them than people of other age groups and secondly because when we...
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“How Can Poverty Make You Sick When The NHS Is Free?” – Questions On Public Health Inequalities

11 Aug 2021
Hugo Mills
On Thursday, August 5 2021, the Royal Society of Medicine held the 85th event in its series on the Covid-19 pandemic, where it invites panellists from a wide range of fields to speak about their perspectives on the health crisis. This particular event focused on health inequalities in the pandemic. Hosted by Prof. Sir Michael Marmot, the guest speakers were Dr Habib Naqvi, Director of the NHS Race and Health Observatory, Jo Bibby, Director of Health at the Health Foundation, and Dr Bola Owolabi, Director of Health Inequalities at NHS England. Speaking first, Jo Bibby pointed out that her research...
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Obesity is on the rise in France according to the latest epidemiological survey

07 Jul 2021
Nathalie Vauterin
Obesity rate in France Obesity has doubled in France during the last 25 years. The new national epidemiological survey on overweight and obesity by  Obepi-Roche (2020) presented last week by “la Ligue contre l’obésité” showed obesity has increased significantly since the last Obepi-Roche survey (2012), 8 years ago. The survey, which involved 12,000 French participants, is also the first report of its kind to study paediatric obesity. The medical definition for overweight and obesity is based on the body mass index (BMI). BMI is measured in units of kg/m2. A BMI below 18.5 is considered underweight, above 25 is considered...
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We’re Hiring! Medway Community Engagement Facilitator

24 Jun 2021
Hugo Mills
If you are passionate about the benefits of health and wellbeing, a healthy diet and physical activity, and have the motivational skills to engage your community, then this role could be ideal for you! C3 Collaborating for Health is looking to recruit within Medway, an enthusiastic community member, who is committed to improving the health of the local population. They need to have a proven track record in community engagement and activity co-ordination. The successful applicant will be employed by C3 Collaborating for Health but work closely with Medway Community Healthcare (MCH) and with community members and local stakeholders in Medway...
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Windrush Day 2021

22 Jun 2021
Hugo Mills
C3 today acknowledges the anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush at Tilbury in 1948. It heralded the enormous, the continuing, and the highly valuable contribution that generations of healthcare professionals of Caribbean provenance were going to make to the NHS in the UK, and without whom the NHS would not have been able to deliver its massive impact on the health of the nation over the past 73 years. C3 is proud to be involved in maximising the health of our nursing workforce, in all of its diversity, in 2021. We do this in a multitude of ways, most...
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As the nursing work force reaches breaking point, the time to act is upon us

17 Jun 2021
Hugo Mills
The biggest reason for nurses being absent from work due illness in England, Scotland and Wales is mental ill-health. In Northern Ireland, it is the second-biggest reason. C3’s nursing programme aims to develop strategies to promote the wellbeing of the nursing workforce. Our ongoing work to address the healthy weight of nurses has led to the significant consideration and analysis of nurses’ mental wellbeing. In 2020, commentary describing concerns about nurses’ mental health and wellbeing had reached a crescendo. A review of the literature describing the poor mental health and wellbeing of the nursing workforce was conducted by the Society...
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Nursing Minds Update

15 Jun 2021
Hugo Mills
Our Nursing Minds campaign to highlight the continued neglect of nurses’ mental health has sparked plenty of interest. Nursing Times followed up its own survey of nurses’ mental health with a news story on 9 April  about C3’s Policy Paper. NT’s survey had found that almost two-thirds of nurses felt their mental health had deteriorated during the pandemic and that national well-being support was still not good enough. This was followed the next week in NT by a comment piece by Tom Sandford, author of the policy paper. Tom wrote: ‘I look forward to us all having the confidence to...
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Youth Smoking in UK

09 Jun 2021
Lauren Aucoin
Youth smoking has long enjoyed a high profile in the arena of public health  both worldwide and in the UK, where there has been an associated decrease in youth smoking prevalence since 1982, with rates reduced from 25% in 1982 to 5% in 2018.However, the issue remains serious, now coloured somewhat by the increased popularity of electronic cigarettes in recent years To address youth smoking, it is important to fully understand the broader context. Statistics on Youth Smoking Prior studies indicate that over 200,000 children begin smoking each year in the UK 2 . Indeed, the majority of adult smokers...
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Christine Hancock addresses the George Institute on tobacco

04 Jun 2021
Hugo Mills
  On Thursday the 3rd of June, 2021, C3’s CEO, Christine Hancock joined the George Institute for Global Health to give a talk on: ‘Smoking in the time of COVID: Challenges and opportunities in Australia and the United Kingdom’ to mark World No Tobacco Day 2021. Speaking alongside others including Prof. Martin McKee of LSHTM and Dr. Sarah White at the Cancer Council Victoria, she touched on a number of issues including the effects of tobacco addiction pushing economically vulnerable people into poverty, and the still-high profile of smoking as an associated risk factor in premature deaths in the UK....
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Stress and Covid-19- What’s the Connection?

04 Jun 2021
Lauren Aucoin
The Covid-19 pandemic has been associated with increased stress for many individuals. Such stress can interfere with sleep, causing us to feel exhausted and exacerbating burnout. There are also long-term considerations. Long-term, but low-intensity stress can cause chronic activation of the stress response system, which is associated with increased risk for a variety of health issues. To fully understand this association, first it is important to discuss how the stress response evolved. Evolution and Structure of the Stress Response The stress response evolved as a mechanism to protect humans from imminent danger, and help us to escape and avoid life-threatening...
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Public & global health careers in the post-Covid era

02 Jun 2021
Hugo Mills
As a global shift in careers and work takes place, largely triggered by COVID-19, many young people are evaluating where they currently are and where they wish to go. This is especially prevalent in the public and global health space where there has been a huge expansion in the availability of, and interest in, jobs related to this field. The interest comes from those already working who are looking to transition into the space from another field, students still in academia or recent graduates looking for their first role. Greg Martin, a Specialist in Public Health Medicine, runs a YouTube...
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Dementia Awareness Week

17 May 2021
Hugo Mills
Over a million people are currently living with dementia in the United Kingdom. Memory problems are one of a number of symptoms that people with dementia may experience. Others include difficulties with planning, thinking things through, struggling to keep up with a conversation, and sometimes changes in mood or behaviour. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing and it doesn’t just affect older people. Over 40,000 people under 65 in the UK have dementia. This is called early-onset or young-onset dementia. Dementia’s risk factors The seven main risk-factors of dementia are: Diabetes Midlife high blood pressure Midlife obesity Physical...
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Project ASPIRE: Wimereux

05 May 2021
Hugo Mills
CHESS™ (Community Health Engagement Survey Solutions) is an innovative, data-driven community engagement process. Through CHESS™, people come together to investigate their local environment using a CHESS™ App, assess the factors that make it easier or harder to live healthily, and identify changes they can make as a community to live healthier lives. It was created by C3’s Dr. Denise Stevens and includes a mobile tool that equips local communities in identifying and mapping the barriers they face every day when making choices about diet, activity and healthy living.  With Project ASPIRE, C3 is engaging with 7 different communities across the South of England and...
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The Gut-Brain Axis: What to know

30 Apr 2021
Lauren Aucoin
Recent news has highlighted a connection between what you eat, and how you feel- not just physical health wise, but mental health as well. In this blog post, we dive into the science behind these claims, and how they relate to your daily life. Prior research has demonstrated an association between depression and obesity. 55% of individuals living with obesity have depression. Furthermore, individuals living with depression are 58% more likely to experience obesity1. This correlation is well known however, until recently causality and specific details on the connection between what one eats and their mental health has remained unknown....
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Focus on ASPIRE in the town of Ham

26 Apr 2021
Hugo Mills
CHESS™ (Community Health Engagement Survey Solutions) is an innovative, data-driven community engagement process. Through CHESS™, people come together to investigate their local environment using a CHESS™ App, assess the factors that make it easier or harder to live healthily, and identify changes they can make as a community to live healthier lives. It was created by C3’s Dr. Denise Stevens and includes a mobile tool that equips local communities in identifying and mapping the barriers they face every day when making choices about diet, activity and healthy living.  With Project ASPIRE, C3 is engaging with 7 different communities across the South of England and the North of France to...
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In Focus: CHESS Walk in Boscombe

16 Apr 2021
Hugo Mills
CHESS (Community Health Engagement Survey Solutions) is an innovative, data-driven community engagement process. Through CHESS, people come together to investigate their local environment using a CHESS App, assess the factors that make it easier or harder to live healthily, and identify changes they can make as a community to live healthier lives. It was created by C3’s Dr. Denise Stevens and includes a mobile tool that equips local communities in identifying and mapping the barriers they face every day when making choices about diet, activity and healthy living.  Project ASPIRE With Project ASPIRE, C3 is engaging with 7 different communities across the...
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On the issue of nurses’ mental health, the NHS is all talk and no action

13 Apr 2021
Hugo Mills
The Lay of the Land Commentary on concerns about nurses’ mental health and well-being has reached a crescendo. This started in the spring of 2020 with the RCN Foundation funded Society of Occupational Medicine review of the breadth of the literature describing the poor mental health and wellbeing of the nursing workforce. It progressed through to the RCN Foundation commissioning Suzie Bailey, the Kings Fund director of leadership, to review that related literature from a leadership perspective. Her report, The Courage of Compassion, published in September 2020, set out an action plan to direct a series of related recommendations. They...
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Better Health Programme Malaysia

09 Apr 2021
Hugo Mills
C3 has had the wonderful opportunity to work with an amazing team of 4 Malaysian public health professionals – all women! The Better Health Programme Malaysia (BHP MYS) is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the delivery partners include PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Research Triangle Institute (RTI) and the Malaysian Ministry of Health. BHP Malaysia involves a community-driven, bottom-up approach to improve health literacy through the use of Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) who want to promote healthy living and modify the obesogenic environment for the urban poor. NCD Prevention C3 has been providing technical guidance to the team...
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CHESS Walk Aylesham: A Closer Look At The Work C3 Is Doing In Communities

07 Apr 2021
Hugo Mills
CHESS (Community Health Engagement Survey Solutions) is an innovative, data-driven community engagement process. Through CHESS, people come together to investigate their local environment using a CHESS App, assess the factors that make it easier or harder to live healthily, and identify changes they can make as a community to live healthier lives. It was created by C3’s Dr. Denise Stevens and includes a mobile tool that equips local communities in identifying and mapping the barriers they face every day when making choices about diet, activity and healthy living.  Project ASPIRE With Project ASPIRE, C3 is engaging with 7 different communities across the South of England and the North of...
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Finding new partners in the global fight against Big Tobacco

06 Apr 2021
Sarah Clarke
Are you inadvertently investing in tobacco companies? Watch Dr King and Gail Hurley describe the mission to broker innovative partnerships between the health sector and the finance industry – to bridge the staggering gap between those who suffer from tobacco and those who profit from it.

Nursing minds: A response to the escalating concerns about nurses’ mental health and wellbeing

30 Mar 2021
Tom Sandford
Mental health related sickness absence is the biggest cause of nurses being absent from work because of illness/ill health in England, Scotland and Wales and the second biggest cause in Northern Ireland. Why isn't more being done? C3 interviewed 15 thought leaders for their insights on why more progress hasn't been made and their recommendations for what we should do now.

“What Can We Do About Rising Obesity?” Chris Whitty’s Lecture at Gresham College

26 Mar 2021
Hugo Mills
Recently, England’s Chief Medical Officer gave a speech to audience members attending a series of lectures around public health at London’s Gresham College. Prof. Chris Whitty opened by noting that people should feel absolutely no shame or embarrassment about obesity. It is purely something to be concerned about from a medical point of view and it was through this lens that he would be discussing the subject. He began his presentation by stating the urgency of the situation: obesity in the UK has increased from 15% of the population to 26% of the population in just two decades. The Association...
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The way governments deal with childhood obesity is flawed: here’s how to fix that

16 Mar 2021
Nathalie Vauterin
The challenge  Obesity threatens public health and is associated with decreased life expectancy and quality of life. Childhood obesity mostly continues into adulthood and leads to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer at a younger age. Moreover, with the worldwide spread of severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), obesity and impaired metabolic health emerged as important determinants of severe COVID-19 illness [1]. Over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 were overweight or obese in 2016 with a prevalence among this age range from just 4% in 1975 to just over 18% in 2016 [2]. Once considered a high-income country problem, the prevalence of childhood obesity is now rising in low- and middle-income countries despite continuing levels  of undernutrition...
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Nursing Minds: Mental health toolkit for nurses

23 Feb 2021
Sarah Clarke
The Nursing Minds toolkit is a free, online tool designed by nurses for nurses through support from the Burdett Trust for Nursing. It highlights resources nurses can access before or during difficult times.

CHESS plan co-ordinator position now open!

20 Jan 2021
Elisabeth Morgans
C3 Collaborating for Health is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and committed Local Project Co-ordinator in Boscombe West to manage the implementation of a community designed action plan, which forms part of the ASPIRE project in Boscombe. If you are passionate about the benefits of health and wellbeing, a healthy diet and physical activity, and have the motivational skills to engage your community, then this role could be ideal for you. BCP Council are supporting C3 in this recruitment process, and will be working closely with the successful applicant.

The ASPIRE project: Obesity and unemployment – what’s the link?

04 Jan 2021
Sarah Clarke
C3 is pleased to be one of 14 organisations from across Southern England and Northern France aiming to holistically address obesity and unemployment via ASPIRE (Adding to Social capital and individual Potential In disadvantaged REgions). This €10 million Interreg VA Channel project has been awarded more than €7 million by the European Regional Development Fund and runs from September 2019 to February 2023. C3 will be using its innovative mobile tool, CHESS, in 7 sites across England and France.

Video: Big Tobacco on COVID-19: breathtaking exploitation

23 Nov 2020
Sarah Clarke
Watch the recorded seminar of three leaders in tobacco control and prevention: HRH Princess Dina Mired, Dr Bronwyn King and Mr José Luis Castro. A dynamic discussion about how Big Tobacco is capitalising on COVID-19 and what we can do.

Video: Covid-19 and the workplace – what is the research telling us so far?

13 Oct 2020
Sarah Clarke
The full extent of Covid-19's impact on health and wellbeing, particularly on employees, is not fully understood. Working from home, significant shifts in working patterns, and mental health impacts of Covid-19 and new organisational practices and expectations are just a few of the issues now facing employers and employees. What are the longer term implications of our new work reality? What practices should we maintain post-Covid-19 and what should be changed? Watch our recorded session as Steve Bevan shares the latest research around Covid-19 and the workplace. 

Meet our first 4 nominees for C3 Esteem!

01 Oct 2020
Sarah Clarke
We are proud to announce our first four nominees for C3 ESTEEM, our new initiative to capture and recognise nurses’ achievements during the pandemic and its aftermath. We are seeking nominations for individuals or teams who, during COVID-19, are exemplifying “nurses for health” and doing great things to support healthy lives for themselves, their colleagues, patients, families, or others in their communities.

Nursing Minds Project Update

23 Sep 2020
Lauren Aucoin
Nursing Minds is one of C3 Collaborating for Health (C3)’s current projects working to support the mental health needs of UK nurses and midwives.

Nursing Minds: A project supporting nurses’ mental health

20 Aug 2020
Tom Sandford
We're concerned about the escalating evidence that the mental health of our UK nurses is at risk and that more needs to be done to support them. Nursing Minds will engage nurses and leaders in developing a mental health toolkit and exploring barriers to and facilitators of protecting the mental wellbeing of heroic nurses during COVID-19 and beyond.

Download our 2019 annual review

07 Aug 2020
Sarah Clarke
Download our annual review to read more about our successes, future plans, financial report, and ways you can get involved in making the healthy way the only way to live.

Autumn 2020 Workplace Health Seminar Programme

07 Aug 2020
Elisabeth Morgans
C3 is thrilled to be launching its brand new series of online Workplace Health Breakfast seminars this Autumn in partnership with the Society of Occupational Medicine and RAND Europe.

Menopause and NCDs – is there a link?

28 May 2020
Amanda Jarosik
Because the menopause is so often misunderstood or overlooked, women going through it often don’t know how it affects their body, and that they may be at higher risk of developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This blog attempts to shed some light on the link.

Florence Nightingale: COVID-19 and Nursing

11 May 2020
Christine Hancock
2020 is Florence Nightingale's bicentennial year, designated by World Health Organisation (WHO) as the first ever global Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Announced early last year, WHO can have little idea how 2020 would start for the world’s nurses. As COVID-19 sweeps across every continent, a very contagious virus with no cure and little treatment, the skills of nurses are shown to the world as rarely before.

The rainbows of COVID-19

20 Apr 2020
Christine Hancock
Coronavirus has moved rapidly from China through South East Asia and into Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.  Each country has tackled the pandemic in its own but different ways and research studies are being quoted to justify different approaches.  However, some of the facts now emerging are pointing to problems that will outlive the virus, which we need to remember.

COVID-19 and Chronic disease

23 Mar 2020
Christine Hancock
Just 2 weeks ago we at C3 were moving forward with a fairly packed agenda of innovative ideas to prevent chronic (non-communicable) disease or NCDs. While we all worry about the impact of the virus on our friends and families we will also take the time to reflect on our work.

Smoking, vaping and you – is vaping a real way to quit?

09 Mar 2020
Amanda Jarosik
Although not as nationally renowned as Christmas or Easter, National No Smoking Day (11 March), is a day worth celebrating. C3's intern, a US university student, shares the differences between the smoking and vaping culture in the US and UK. Here in the UK, e-cigarettes seem to be advertised largely as a healthier alternative to smoking and a way to achieve smoking cessation. In the US, however, the story is quite different.

The mental health & wellbeing of nurses

11 Feb 2020
Tom Sandford
Here at C3 Collaborating for Health, we try to look at issues that impact nursing, but which generally don’t generate enough mainstream commentary, despite being serious concerns for nurses and the health community. It’s remarkable that so little has been done to reduce the incidence of this distress.

Alcohol and cancer – are those pints a problem?

03 Feb 2020
Morgan Heileman
People tend to assume cancer is mainly passed down through families, but genetic factors only play a major role in 5% - 10% of all cancer types. In fact, most cancers are caused by DNA mutations that occur during a person’s lifetime due to environmental factors. Did you know that alcohol – even in moderation – has been linked to cancer as one of those factors?

Is 10,000 steps a day the key to a healthy lifestyle?

23 Jan 2020
Katelyn Steenvoorden
With 10,000 steps as the goal for healthy living, we might assume that it’s the magic number to help eliminate our risk for heart disease, clear up our skin, give us the body of Beyoncé... right? Well turns out there is less scientific evidence to the magic number than we might think. Only now are researchers beginning to look into the effects of achieving 10,000 steps a day.

C3’s 5 tips for a healthy new year

01 Jan 2020
Ina Andersson
Each new year the Internet explodes with overwhelming advice about becoming better, healthier versions of ourselves. Here are C3's 5 simple tips for a healthy new year.

Promoting alcohol awareness at work – a win-win for all

02 Dec 2019
Don Shenker
A growing number of employers are recognising the benefit of raising alcohol awareness in the workplace – not because they suspect employees are drinking on the job, but because they believe it is just as valuable to promote a healthier relationship with alcohol as it is to promote a healthy diet and exercise. Not convinced? Here are 10 reasons why every employer should be promoting Alcohol Awareness.

C3lebrating 10 years!

01 Dec 2019
Christine Hancock
We're C3lebrating 10 years! See highlights of our accomplishments over the last 10 years and find out ways to become a part of C3's history.

Mental health tips for nurses + their patients

01 Dec 2019
Christine Hancock
It's remarkable that ten years ago we wouldn't have been able to have this important conversation about mental health of nurses and their patients. C3, in collaboration with Pfizer, designed and delivered Opening Doors: Addressing the mental health of nurses and their patients as one webinar in a short series on prevention and management of chronic disease.

Meet Jennie: Health coaching participant

01 Dec 2019
Sarah Clarke
Jennie is a Registered General Nurse and joined NURSING YOU 12 weeks ago. Designed by nurses, for nurses: NURSING YOU is an exclusive (and free!) health & wellbeing app to help nurses care for themselves so they can keep doing what they do best – caring for others.

Director’s diary: Understanding C3’s work

07 Oct 2019
Christine Hancock
Sometimes people say they don’t understand why we do certain things but we are true to our core mission to create changes that make it easier for people to stop smoking, improve what they eat and drink and do more physical activity.

Is it time for wellbeing providers to be accredited?

07 Aug 2019
Sarah Clarke
Google ‘Health and Wellbeing providers in the UK' and you will find over 40 million to choose from. Is it time for a system of accreditation for this burgeoning industry? Find out more in this article written by C3’s workplace health associate Jane Abraham and published on the People Management website. 

C3 speaks to 5,300 nurses at ICN Congress in Singapore

30 Jul 2019
Michaela Nuttall & Pat Hughes
5,300 nurses from 140 countries met at the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Congress in Singapore. C3 enjoyed a high profile at the event, with C3 director Christine Hancock (former ICN president) giving a keynote and meeting with the WHO Director General.

New film helps nurses to find healthier ways to cope

28 Jun 2019
Sarah Clarke
Watch No Yeah Buts, a powerful new film about how to better support nurses' health. C3 joined with Human Story Theatre and Nice Tree Films to use an arts-based approach to tackle this sensitive issue.

“Nurses: A Voice to Lead Health for All”

13 May 2019
Christine Hancock
Florence Nightingale, the founder of professional nursing, was about heath and prevention as much as treating sickness, and the world needs her here now to preach her message.

Tasty, but healthy?

30 Apr 2019
Charlotte Langbo
Viewers have shared Tasty videos, BuzzFeed's "hands and pans" approach to cooking demonstrations, on social media over 800 million times. How are these videos affecting food choices and nutrition awareness?

C3’s letter to the editor

08 Apr 2019
Christine Hancock
Do we really have to suffer through exercise or can it be fun? C3's director responds to Barbara Ellen's opinion piece 'Let’s stop pretending exercise is fun. Like work, you’ve just got to do it.'

Director’s diary

25 Mar 2019
Christine Hancock
This was a really unusual and enjoyable week which started in the smart offices of a multinational finance company where I was supporting a successful small business which shares our passion for health and wellbeing.

Director’s diary: Think BIG

01 Mar 2019
Christine Hancock
No sign of Spring yet in London but this week has been full of optimism with wonderful people offering us their time and support as well as amazing belief that we should think really BIG!

How does C3 partner with communities to improve health?

29 Jan 2019
Sarah Clarke
What makes C3's community-engagement programme unique? An innovative, evidence-based approach that shifts decision-making to local communities by engaging them as ‘citizen scientists’ in an investigation about their health and the built environment.

Director’s diary

27 Jan 2019
Christine Hancock
C3's director Christine Hancock details the interesting organisations she's met this week in her inaugural "Director's Diary" post.

Coffee To Go: Friend or Foe?

09 Jan 2019
Jena Yang
C3's intern reflects on her habits and explores if there is a link between frequent caffeine consumption and the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

The Health of our High Streets

17 Dec 2018
Sophie Kosky-Hensman
A new report tells us that Britain’s High Streets are getting unhealthier. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) studied 70 major UK towns and cities, and measured the healthiness of different types of shops and businesses on the high street.

Complex is not the same as complicated!

03 Dec 2018
Liz Morgans
How can we get to actionable, sustainable, and cost-effective ways of preventing NCDs? Why complex is not the same as complicated, and the different thinking we need to address complex challenges and systems thinking in relation to non-communicable disease.

Experiences of an American in London – Vaping and smoking culture

01 Nov 2018
Laura Funk
As a twenty-year-old in an age group at risk of developing these habits, I can confidently attest that factors such as the flavoured e-liquid, an emphasis on vaping being ‘healthier’ than smoking and the misconception that vaping is not addictive really has an effect on young people.

C3’s promise for ‘my heart, for your heart, for all our hearts’

29 Sep 2018
C3 team
Every year on 29 September the World Heart Federation raises awareness of cardiovascular disease through World Heart Day. This year they are asking everyone to make a promise (or more!) of how they will take simple steps to live healthier lives. Here are C3's six promises. 

She did it! Thanks for your support!

24 Sep 2018
Sarah Clarke
Our thanks to the over 120 generous donors who supported C3's Trustee, Caroline Stanger, and her walking partner Dr Lizzie Tuckey as they took on the Marathon Walk London!

C3’s Trustee needs your support!

17 Sep 2018
Sarah Clarke
C3's Trustee, Caroline Stanger, is raising money for C3 by walking the London Marathon Walk on Saturday 22 September 2018. Any amount you can contribute is greatly appreciated. The money raised will help C3 continue to combat chronic disease through our programmes, events and global knowledge sharing.

Partnering for Impact: what kinds of collaboration are needed to tackle NCDs?

13 Sep 2018
Primary Care International
As Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) campaigners gear up for the 3rd UN High Level Meeting on NCDs later this month, C3's partners Primary Care International have been challenging everyone to make sense of the rhetoric around ‘multi-stakeholder collaboration’ and ‘multi-sector working’.

Community Engagement in Tower Hamlets

20 Aug 2018
Liz Morgans
Download C3's latest report: CHESS™ on the Collingwood Estate, a C3 community investigation commissioned by Tower Hamlets Council as part of their flagship Communities Driving Change programme.

Selena’s story

25 Jul 2018
Selena
From 2015 to 2017, the Healthy Weight Initiative for Nurses (WIN.) engaged with over 400 nurses in England to design initiatives to help nurses to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Selena is a burns and plastic reconstruction specialist nurse, and was one of WIN.’s most active participants. Here is her story.

C3’s Annual Review 2017-18

16 Jul 2018
Sarah Clarke
Download our latest annual review to read more about our successes, future plans, and ways you can get involved in making the healthy way the only way to live.

5 Facts about C3’s International Breakfast Seminars

13 Jul 2018
Sarah Clarke
Watch our latest video for 5 facts about our International Breakfast Seminars, our popular seminar series showcasing best-practice examples of chronic disease prevention from around the world.

Making the healthy choice the cheaper choice

26 Jun 2018
J T Winkler and Tam Fry
Has the Soft Drinks Industry Levy been successful? C3 network members J T Winkler and Tam Fry write about a 'radical change' in a popular, mass-market product. Have we successfully given people economic incentives, and not just moral injunctions?

Richard Smith: Making 2018 the year of NCD

10 May 2018
Richard Smith
Progress has stalled over the past few years, but with better messaging, a simplified programme, and increased accountability then 2018 could be the year of NCD. Insights from C3's breakfast seminar with Robert Beaglehole, chair of the Lancet NCD Action Group.

One Health and Planetary Health Disciplines

21 Apr 2018
Valerie Colgate
Have you heard about the One Health and Planetary Health initiatives? This blog explores the link between these multi-disciplinary approaches and C3's work addressing non-communicable diseases.