Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 7 March 2014

Weekly message from the Chief Executive of Public Health England.

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Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 7 March 2014

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Two days of debate and discussion on improving the health of the most excluded at the second international symposium of the Faculty of Homeless and Inclusion Health drew to a close yesterday. I was privileged to contribute to the session which focused on what can be done nationally and locally, with an emphasis on refugees, sex workers and homeless people.

On Tuesday evening I attended the All Party Parliamentary Group on Integrated Healthcare, chaired by David Tredinnick MP, and had the opportunity to hear from representatives from a number of alternative therapy professions and how they contribute to good health and wellbeing.

And finally, we welcome this week’s WHO draft guideline on reducing sugar intake to 10% of total daily calorie intake, which is in line with our current recommendations though not being met in any age group. The independent Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, hosted by PHE, is currently reviewing the evidence on sugar and other carbohydrates for the UK and will be releasing their report for consultation this summer.

Published 7 March 2014