LETTERS

Bristol University's Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research has produced an alternative version of the chief medical officer's 'top 10 tips for better heath'. Over the past year, we have shown these at conferences to encourage an alternative way of improving the nation's health.

Chief medical officer's 10 tips

1do not smoke.

2Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and veg.

3Keep physically active.

4Manage stress by, for example, talking things through and making time to relax.

5If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.

6Cover up in the sun, and protect children from sunburn.

7Practise safer sex.

8Take up cancer screening opportunities.

9Follow the Highway Code.

10Learn the first aid ABC - airways, breathing and circulation.

The alternative 10 tips

1do not be poor. If you are poor, try not to be poor for too long.

2do not live in a deprived area. If you do, move.

3do not be disabled or have a disabled child.

4do not work in a stressful, low-paid manual job.

5do not live in low-quality housing or be homeless.

6Be able to afford to pay for social activities and annual holidays.

7do not be a lone parent.

8Claim all benefits to which you are entitled.

9Be able to afford to own a car.

10Use education as an opportunity to improve your socio-economic position.

Dr Mary Shaw Senior research fellow, Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research, Bristol University