London Met Lab: The Health Improvement Challenge

Health improvement

We want to support the community to help ensure all Londoners get a fair opportunity to live a long, healthy life.

The overall health of Londoners is getting better. Over the last ten years, we have reductions in the number of early deaths from cancer and heart, circulatory and lung diseases. Life expectancy in the city is now more than 80 for men and 84 years for women. However, London also has the widest health inequalities in Europe - inequalities which are systematic and preventable, and stop Londoners from reaching their full potential. London's health inequalities are created by social, geographical and biological factors. The difference between the highest and lowest healthy life expectancy in areas of London is 15.7 years based on Public Health England data. Contributing factors include infant mortality, excess weight, physical activity, smoking, homelessness and disease.  

We want to support the community and public health care professionals by encouraging people to adopt a healthy diet, undertake the physical activity they need on a daily basis and improve their mental health, so that all Londoners get a fair opportunity to live a long, healthy life.

Research and projects


Students and the community

Students and the community

Get in touch

Reach out to discuss partnering with us to tackle the challenges facing our city and communities. Please include the name of your organisation, explain the challenges you face and any thoughts you have about how we can work together.