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Professor Kevin Fenton

National Director for Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England

Professor Kevin Fenton oversees PHE's national prevention programmes including screening for cancer and other conditions, health checks, national health marketing campaigns, public mental health, and a range of wellbeing programmes for infants, youth, adults and older adults .

Previously Kevin was director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, between 2005 and 2012. He also served as chief of CDC’s National Syphilis Elimination Effort and has worked in research, epidemiology, and the prevention of HIV and other STDs since 1995. Prior to that he was director of the Health Protection Agency’s HIV and STI Department.

Kevin is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and a visiting professor in Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London. He also serves on the boards of a number of charitable organisations, government committees, and peer-reviewed journals related to sexual health.

He attended medical school in Jamaica, obtained a Master's in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the University College London. He has also authored or co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles and policy reports.

If You See One Sign Of Stroke, Call 999

We want to encourage everyone - whether they are a stranger in the street, a family member at home or the person themselves - not to hesitate and to make the call immediately when they see any of the key stroke symptoms.
21/02/2017 11:49 GMT

Five Ways To Stay Healthy - And Not Just For January

Most resolutions are related to diet and health, and whether you want to lose weight, drink less, get fit or stop smoking, cold and grey January days and the reality of getting back to the daily routine can throw even the most motivated people off track.
31/01/2017 13:07 GMT

We Can All Help To End HIV Stigma

These are just some of the many examples of national and local government, charities and people living with HIV working together to tackle stigma. But the evidence shows that we must all do more to make testing more acceptable and accessible, get more people treated early and protect others from acquiring HIV.
20/12/2016 15:21 GMT

The Obesity Debate Rages On But There Are Practical Solutions

As I write this blog, a debate is raging about how to overcome a very modern problem; the harm obesity is causing to our children and to society. You may have seen the statistics released this month revealing that by 11 years old one in three children are already overweight or obese.
17/11/2016 15:42 GMT

The Life-Saving Numbers You Need to Know

Do you know your blood pressure numbers? High blood pressure is known as a silent killer and getting your blood pressure checked is the only way that you can find out if it's high. It could save your life.
12/09/2016 16:18 BST

E-cigarettes: Maximising Benefit, Minimising Harm

Smoking remains the number one killer in England but people continue to quit and e-cigarettes are now the most popular quitting tool. Clearly e-cigarettes have the potential to help many more people to quit smoking, and we need to embrace that, while minimising any potential harms...
12/07/2016 16:01 BST

Smile! Caring for Your Family's Teeth is Essential for Health and Wellbeing

Nobody likes toothache, and for most people, the thought of having a tooth taken out by the dentist is enough to make them brush twice a day. But there are lots of things that help improve oral health, including not smoking, watching how much you drink and eating a healthy diet, which will help to protect your general health as well.
25/05/2016 12:25 BST

Forget Fad Diets - Healthy Eating Must Be Part of Everyday Life

Eating well and having a healthy lifestyle is important to help protect against both physical and mental ill health. But it's important to remember that there is no quick fix to improving diet or fitness levels - healthy eating and exercise should be part of everyday life.
20/03/2016 18:36 GMT

Why It's Never Too Late to Quit Smoking

The best way to reduce smoking among young people is to reduce smoking in the world around them, helping adults to quit so that smoking is no longer the norm. It is never too late to quit, and the benefits of doing so reach far beyond your own health and wellbeing, it will make a difference for future generations.
08/03/2016 15:43 GMT

Just a Smoker's Cough? COPD Blights More Than One Million Lives

It's surprising how few people know about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is the name for a collection of debilitating lung diseases including chronic bronchitis and emphysema that get progressively worse. Smoking is the main preventable risk factor for COPD and is thought to be responsible for 86% of deaths from the disease.
14/01/2016 11:52 GMT

Changing Your Relationship With Alcohol

It is commonly understood that drinking alcohol heavily and regularly can lead to serious harm like liver disease and it is true that the health harms of alcohol are generally 'dose-dependent', that is the risk of harm increases with the amount drunk.
17/11/2015 11:12 GMT

Every Minute Counts: Act FAST to Save Lives

A stroke is an attack that happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off. This may be caused by a clot, or by bleeding in the brain. When a person has a stroke, they lose 2 million nerve cells for every minute that they don't receive medical treatment.
12/11/2015 15:16 GMT

E-cigarettes: What We Know

Are e-cigarettes safe? Will they help me to quit smoking? Will they harm my kids or encourage them to smoke? These are important questions. And because e-cigarettes have become popular so fast, from being virtually unheard of to 2.6million British users in under ten years, we need to answer them.
14/10/2015 12:27 BST

Stoptober Gives You the Support You Need to Quit

Now a regular fixture on the calendar, Stoptober sets you the challenge of staying smokefree for 28 days. This is important because if you make it through to the end of the month you are five times more likely to give up for good.
24/09/2015 17:52 BST

Four Facts That Might Change Your Views on Sugar

As a public health professional I need to help change people's attitudes to sugar. Because if as a country we don't address our love of sweet food and drink, obesity levels will keep rising and the human and financial cost of ill health will also keep rising.
19/07/2015 19:35 BST

Stoptober: Why Involving Business Is Key

Stoptober is under way: a national challenge to all smokers to quit and stay smoke-free for the month of October. It's the first step to stopping for good, because people who can get through the first tough weeks are far more likely to give up the habit permanently.
02/10/2014 14:06 BST