A new Office for Health Promotion has been created to improve and level up the health of the nation.
The government said the office will tackle the top preventable risk factors causing death and ill health in the UK, by designing, implementing and tracking delivery policy.
The Office for Health Promotion will sit within the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and will lead work across government to promote good health and prevent illness which shortens lives, building on the work of Public Health England.
This is expected to enable more joined-up, sustained action between national and local government, the NHS and cross-government, where much of the wider determinants of health sit.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “The new Office for Health Promotion will be crucial in tackling the causes, not just the symptoms, of poor health and improving prevention of illnesses and disease.
“Covid-19 has demonstrated the importance of physical health in our ability to tackle such illnesses, and we must continue to help people to lead healthy lives so that we can all better prevent and fight illnesses.”
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Good physical and mental health are central to our happiness and well-being. Yet so much of what keeps us healthy happens outside of hospital and the health service.
“By establishing the Office for Health Promotion we will bring health promotion into the heart of Government, working to the Chief Medical Office, so we can level up the health of our nation, working across national and local government.”