INVESTIGATION: Stark difference between the health of people depends on where they live

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Why does a good start matter for our children’s health? The Ferret investigates…the health gap podcast, part one

Why does a good start matter for our children's health? The Ferret investigates...the health gap podcast, part one

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“We know that the first 1000 days are the most important time in a child’s life. If you get that right you have a much better chance of a life being healthy in the future.” Professor Monica Lakhanpaul, the Nurture Early for Optimal Nutrition (NEON) project
The Ferret investigates… the Health Gap, is a three-part special podcast from The Ferret media co-op and Greater Govanhill magazine looking at the health gap – that’s the stark difference between the health and well-being of people depending on whether you live in Scotland’s most, or least, deprived communities.
In Scotland men in the most deprived areas of Scotland have a life expectancy of almost 14 years less than those in the most affluent areas. And for women that gap is ten and a half years.
This podcast – part of our year-long Mind the health gap solutions journalism project –  doesn’t just highlight the problem but looks at the responses from Scotland and beyond that might help us fix it.
In January this year, UK charity the Health Foundation published a report – Leave No one Behind – which revealed that the gap in Scotland was widening.

The full story is on The Ferret website

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