This document, published by DHSC, sets out the government’s vision for putting prevention at the heart of the nation's health. The government aims to improve healthy life expectancy so that, by 2035, people in the UK are enjoying at least five extra years of healthy, independent life, while closing the gap between the richest and poorest.
Prevention is about helping people stay healthy, happy and independent for as long as possible. This means reducing the chances of problems from arising in the first place and, when they do, supporting people to manage them as effectively as possible. Prevention is as important at seventy years old as it is at age seven.