Comments invited on plans to improve health and well-being

June 22 2017

EFFORTS are being made to improve the health of everyone living and working in South Gloucestershire.

EFFORTS are being made to improve the health of everyone living and working in South Gloucestershire.

A draft plan has been drawn up, setting out four key areas considered to make the greatest difference to the health and well-being of residents and workers.

They cover education, mental health, nutrition and people’s environment.

Matthew Riddle, chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, heads up a health and well-being board that brings together local organisations with an interest in health matters.

He has urged people to get involved in a consultation exercise that will run until August 21, through which the public can make comments on each of the subjects prioritised for action.

He said: “It is important that we focus on areas which can make a real difference to everyone’s health and well-being.”

One of the aims of the blueprint is to improve educational attainment and raise aspirations through the promotion of health and well-being in schools and colleges.

The board also wants to see good nutrition, physical activity and healthy weight at all ages, as well as measures leading to positive mental health and well-being throughout life.

A fourth aim is to “maximise the potential of our built and natural environment to enable healthy lifestyles and prevent disease”.

Details of how to comment are available online at www.southglos.gov.uk/hws and copies of consultation material are also available in libraries and one-stop shops.

Feedback from the consultation will be used by the board to shape the final plan.