Healthier Lives

In an era when chronic disease and mental health issues are on the rise, a smarter approach to health and wellbeing can help us live not only longer but also happier, more productive lives.

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People in rich countries are living longer…

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…but chronic conditions are on the rise

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26m people in the UK have at least one long-term health condition

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LTCs now account for about 70% of NHS spend

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Public spending on healthcare has been rising unsustainably (even pre-Covid)

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66% of adults in the UK are now overweight or obese

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And 1 in 4 people experience some kind of mental health problem

Bridges invests in solutions that improve physical and mental health and well-being

Supporting young people’s mental health and well-being

Vulnerable young people – including those excluded from school, those with family problems and those ‘looked after’ by the state – are statistically more at risk of suffering poorer life outcomes in a range of areas. By helping these young people to improve their mental health and well-being, we can help them fulfil their true potential.

Tackling the lifestyle factors that lead to obesity

Poor diets and physical inactivity are two of the biggest drivers of obesity, which in turn increases the risk of disease, musculoskeletal disorders and long-term health conditions. By supporting people to improve their eating habits and take regular exercise – ideally from a young age – we can reverse this trend.

Supporting our ageing population to live independently

By 2039, there will be almost 10m people aged 75 and over in the UK. By improving access to care places and boosting the availability of supported accommodation (the supply of which is lower in the UK than elsewhere), we will reduce the demands on primary and social care (while also creating more liquidity in the housing market).

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