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The week at PHE: Online highlights, week beginning 23 Nov

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We’re pleased to bring you our round-up highlighting some of PHE’s online activity from the past week. Here’s your chance to catch up on what you might have missed including:


HIV Testing Week
This week was . We used the opportunity to publicise free home sampling kits launched to increase HIV testing. PHE's Kevin Fenton blogged about the benefits of this new initiative.

Making every contact count this winter
Winter is almost upon us and we have recently launched a variety of initiatives to support people to stay well and independent through the season. These include the annual seasonal flu vaccine programme, the cold weather plan for England, and a public facing media campaign ‘Stay Well this Winter’. This week PHE's Angie Bone blogged to explain her particular focus, which is reducing the risks to health from exposure to cold temperatures.

Housing and climate change
Recently Kevin Fenton outlined how critical good quality housing is to public health. This week PHE's Sotiris Vardoulakis blogged to explain how good, well-designed and constructed housing is also critical in mitigating the risks that climate change poses in the UK.

Takeover Challenge
On Wednesday we took part in the Children's Commissioner's Takeover Challenge by hosting our own #PHETakeover day. A number of young people attended our board meeting to provide their views on young people’s emotional health and wellbeing. Find out more about the day via this blog, or view the video above.

Domestic abuse
This week saw the start of the #16Days campaign raising awareness of violence against women. Read a blog from PHE's Justin Varney 'Bad for people, bad for business - domestic violence and the workplace'.

Childhood obesity
This week HSCIC published 'National Child Measurement Programme - England, 2014-15' data. The report provides high-level analysis of the prevalence of ‘underweight’, ‘healthy weight’, ‘overweight’, ‘obese’ and 'overweight and obese combined' children, in Reception (aged 4–5 years) and Year 6 (aged 10–11 years), measured in state schools in England in the school year 2014-15.

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