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Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 15 August 2014

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Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 15 August 2014

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I have been absolutely bowled over by the response to our Health X competition, launched in June 2014 and run in partnership with the Daily Telegraph, which attracted 139 entries from early stage tech businesses. The aim was to encourage digital entrepreneurs to focus their innovative thinking on how to reach people of all ages and circumstances to encourage them to move more and eat better.

The 3 winning entries, announced on Monday, from a shortlist of 10, included ‘Fee fi fo fit’ an app, targeted at children and families, to boost fitness; ‘Foodswitch’, a smartphone app to provide consumers with nutritional information to help them make healthier choices when shopping; and ‘Youniverse’, a 28-day exercise and diet planner which generates daily meal plans, shopping lists and exercise ideas.

Today (15 August 2014) we have published guidance on organising and managing multidisciplinary public health teams in local government which we have co-produced with the Local Government Association, the Association of Directors of Public Health and the Faculty of Public Health.

Published 15 August 2014