We have focussed the content on high priority teen health issues including obesity and healthy diet, exercise and fitness, sexual health, mental health and poor lifestyle choices such as alcohol, drugs and smoking. We have listened to Public Health England’s call for resources to combine health messages and to deliver such messages in a holistic and impartial way, with the central objective to build young people’s resilience. These core messages are complemented by a selection of lifestyle features and are set within a 64-page A5 publication designed to look and feel like a newsstand lifestyle magazine.
THG is more than just about education. We provide the advice, tools and actionable ideas that lead to sustained behaviour change. By tackling a broad range of issues within a single publication, we encourage readers to take a holistic approach to managing their lifestyle and to develop a sense of ownership of their future.
THG has been written to appeal to readers from the ages of 12-19, but we believe the content will be most relevant to those in the 13-16 age bracket (i.e. Years 8 to 11). Using supportive and upbeat language and careful photography selection, THG speaks to young adults regardless of their gender, race, family background or geographical location.
The people behind THG
For over a decade, the publishers of THG have provided award-winning road safety educational resources for the public sector. Most notably, FirstCar magazine which in 2009 won the Prince Michael of Kent International Road Safety Award and is read by over 2 million driving test candidates each year, through a distribution agreement with the Driver and Vehicle Standard Agency (DVSA).
To ensure the most accurate and high quality content, we have collaborated with a group of young GPs and medical professionals, led by Dr William Swallow MBChB, DRCOG, MRCGP. Dr Swallow is a GP at a large training practice in Boscombe, Bournemouth and serves a population with high indicators for deprivation. Much of his role for this demographic covers sign posting to different health services, reassurance, counselling and lifestyle/behaviour modification.