Welcome to NHS Health Scotland’s blog. Blog posts are written by our staff, partners and stakeholders. Opinions expressed are those of contributors and do not necessarily reflect the organisation’s views.


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  • Stop scrolling, start strolling

    • 25 Sep 2019
    • Physical activity
    • Brendan Paddy, Director of Ramblers Scotland

    As the RSPH social-media free campaign ‘Scroll Free September’ draws to a close, Brendan Paddy (Director of Ramblers Scotland) blogs about how building everyday walking into our lives can take us away from the little worlds inside our screens, and strengthen our real connections with family, friends and colleagues.


  • We can’t have one without the other

    • 18 Sep 2019
    • Housing
    • Matt Lowther, Head of Place and Equity

    In a vibrant, modern Scotland it should be possible for everyone to be as healthy as they can be. On Scottish Housing Day, we blog about housing as a human right.


  • A more compassionate Scotland: a societal response to childhood adversity

    • 23 Aug 2019
    • ACEs
    • Katy Hetherington, Organisational Lead - Childhood Adversity

    In the absence of healthy relationships there is a tendency to be excluded instead of understood. We blog about the need to improve people's lives today - as well as influence the world that children will grow up in - as part of a societal response to childhood adversity.


  • Soft skills at the hardest of times

    • 24 Jul 2019
    • Mental health
    • Carly Grant, Senior Health Improvement Officer

    Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the perinatal period. On Samaritans Awareness Day, Carly Grant from our Public Mental Health Team blogs about the importance of soft skills at the hardest of times.


  • It all matters for population health

    • 16 May 2019
    • Health inequality
    • Dr Gerry McCartney, Head of Scottish Public Health Observatory

    Head of ScotPHO, Dr Gerry McCartney blogs about why politics, economics and policy all matter for population health.


  • National Children's Day 2019

    • 10 May 2019
    • ACEs
    • Katy Hetherington, Organisational Lead - Childhood Adversity

    In the week of National Children's Day, we blog about how our work to prevent adversity can help children grow into healthy, happy adults and reduce the risk of inequalities in later life.


  • Play at work - who cares?

    • 25 Apr 2019
    • Employment
    • Lynne Galloway, Health and Work Manager for Healthy Working Lives

    Health and Work Manager Lynne Galloway blogs about the difference 'non work in-work' activity can make to employee welfare and workplace success.


  • Smoking: Is it really a ‘free choice’?

    • 13 Mar 2019
    • Smoking
    • Dr Ross Whitehead, Public Health Intelligence Adviser

    On No Smoking Day, Public Health Intelligence Adviser Dr Ross Whitehead blogs about how making our environment more supportive can help people to stop smoking.


  • Cancer: double trouble

    • 04 Feb 2019
    • Poverty
    • Dr Andrew Fraser, Director of Public Health Science

    On World Cancer Day, Dr Andrew Fraser blogs about inequalities in cancer, which puts more people in our poorest areas at risk and impacts on survival rates.


  • Two ways that human rights matter to me

    • 10 Dec 2018
    • Right to health
    • Cath Denholm, Director of Strategy

    On International Human Rights Day, Director of Strategy Cath Denholm celebrates the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Right and blogs about why human rights matter to her.