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Letters Ten new towns to promote health

We need “healthy towns” across all of England

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 31 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1760
  1. Michael Craig Watson, associate professor in public health1,
  2. Sylvia Tilford, president elect2
  1. 1University of Nottingham, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, D86, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2HA, UK
  2. 2Institute of Health Promotion and Education, Welwyn AL6 0UD, UK
  1. Michael.Watson{at}

We are pleased that an estimated 170 000 residents will be involved in a new healthy towns’ project because we believe that some of the country’s most urgent health challenges—such as mental health issues, obesity, and physical inactivity—can be influenced by positive changes to the environment.1 However, in terms of the current …

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