A Playful Approach to the Five Ways to Wellbeing


  • Alison Tonkin Lecturer in Childcare, Stanmore College, Middlesex
  • Julia Whitaker Health Play Specialist (Freelance)


Community Education, Play, Economics, wellbeing, health


In 2008, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) was commissioned to develop a set of evidence-based actions that would improve personal wellbeing and consequently, demonstrate 'real economic wellbeing' (Aked et al, 2008). Acknowledging the importance of personal, social, cultural, environmental, and economic determinants of health, the NEF replicated the ideals of the 5-a-Day campaign using advice from the World Health Organization to promote the need to eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day, due to the significant health benefits this brings (NHS, 2022).Consequently, the NEF developed a new and creative approach to health promotion and developed the Five Ways to Wellbeing (Aked et al, 2008), which encourage us to Connect…   Be active… Take notice… Keep learning… Give. These five simple steps can be followed every day to enhance mental health and wellbeing (Mind, 2023). 




How to Cite

Tonkin, A. and Whitaker, J. (2024) “A Playful Approach to the Five Ways to Wellbeing”, Concept, 15(1), p. 11. Available at: https://concept.lib.ed.ac.uk/article/view/9468 (Accessed: 13 July 2024).