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What is Better Health?
Better Health exists to motivate and enable the nation to lead active and healthy lives. It's there to support and encourage all of us in taking steps to improve our physical and mental health.
Change4Life has now become part of Better Health and has a brand new look.
But don't worry, you will still get everything you got before – from delicious recipes to fun ways to move more, and plenty of other ways and advice to help keep your family healthy and happy.
Why has Change4Life become part of Better Health?
Better Health brings together all of the NHS's tips, tools and apps in one place to help the nation make small, simple changes to kickstart and improve health across a full range of activities.
This new site will continue the good work of Change4Life by ensuring parents have the essential support and tools they need to make healthier choices for their families – from a fun smartphone app to find healthier food swaps, to easy recipes for busy midweek meals, simple snack ideas and Disney-inspired play-along games to keep the kids moving.
We know that modern life can mean we are a lot busier, less active, and more reliant on convenience and fast food than we used to be. But that's where we come in.
Change4Life was launched in 2009 as part of a national ambition set out in the government's Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives (2008). In 2021, it was brought under the Better Health brand.
Its purpose has been to inspire a social movement, through which government, the NHS, local authorities, businesses, charities, schools, families and community leaders can all play a part in improving children's diets and physical activity levels.
Start making healthier changes today!
New to the site? Here are a few things to get you started:
- join the Healthy Steps email programme
- sign up to our newsletter
- follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram
- download the NHS Food Scanner app on Google Play or NHS Food Scanner app on the App Store
- browse our recipes
- try some of our Disney inspired play-along 10 Minute Shake Up games
We are not able to provide individual dietary advice.
If a member of your family has special dietary requirements, medical needs, an eating disorder or requires specialised nutrition advice – for example, if your child is underweight or very overweight – we recommend you seek guidance from a registered healthcare professional.
If you have more specific questions or suggestions in mind, email the Office of Health Improvement and Disparities. We would love to hear from you!
Better Health local supporters
Visit our Campaign Resource Centre to find everything you need to deliver our award-winning health marketing campaigns on a local level.
We have a single aim: to motivate and support millions more people to make and sustain changes that will improve their health. It's a big task, and that's why our national partnerships are crucial.
Together, we can deliver more effective campaigns and ensure our public health messages reach the people who will really benefit from them.
We work with major national retailers, household-name brands and major organisations – including commercial brands, government departments and non-governmental organisations – providing them with all the support and materials they need to change health outcomes and help influence people's behaviour across the country.
To find out more about how you can collaborate with us, read about the Campaign Resource Centre.
Do you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland?
Better Health is an England and Wales campaign, but you can use the advice here to start making changes even if you do not live in those areas. There are also helpful sites for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Wales: Living and Feeling Well
Brought to you by NHS 111 Wales, Living and Feeling Well has loads of simple advice for you to improve your health and wellbeing.
Scotland: Parent Club
Making healthier choices for you and your family now could not be easier. Parent Club can help you make changes to how you shop, cook and eat so you and your family can eat better and feel better.
Northern Ireland: Choose To Live Better
None of us has the perfect body – after all, we come in many different shapes and sizes – but the reality is being overweight can lead to problems that can seriously affect our health.
Choose To Live Better can help you find out if you are overweight and provides top tips on how to make healthier choices in life. These may not change things overnight, but they are a change for the better.