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Healthy beginnings: applying All Our Health

Many health challenges and inequalities have foundations in early childhood, with the poorest families experiencing the worst health outcomes. Reducing child health inequalities, what’s the problem? reports that adverse health outcomes would be reduced by 18% to 59% if all children were as healthy as the most socially advantaged.

The first 1001 days (from conception to age 2) is widely recognised as a crucial period; evidence shows that this will have impact and influence on the rest of the life course. A healthy pregnancy is important to the health of the baby and transition to parenthood; providing nurturing environment, positive attachment and relationships are vital to build good health, emotional self-regulation and resilience through childhood and into adult life.