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Health strategy to get Stratford residents in shape

Stratford Editorial 12th Jan, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A BLUEPRINT to get Stratford district in shape has been revealed by health chiefs.

A new strategy put together by the Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Board sets out health priorities for the next five years.

The board, which includes Stratford District Council, Warwickshire County Council and NHS groups from across the county, says emphasis must be placed on three key priorities:

* Helping people stay independent.

* Helping communities to support themselves.

* Working together more effectively.

County council health chief and chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, Coun Izzi Seccombe, insisted the strategy was crucial.

She said: “This will be a live document for the next five years, which means that people will continue to be able to influence it.

“This is about reinvesting in people, in families and in neighbourhoods to build community resilience, to benefit the health and well-being of all in Warwickshire.”

Stratford District was better than the national average in most health categories in a health summary conducted by Public Health England earlier this year.

The only categories it was lower than the average in were smoking during pregnancy, cases of self-harm and accidents on the roads.

Some 21 per cent of adults were classed as obese and 10 per cent of children are said to live in poverty – both of which are still better than the national average.

With more than 85,000 disabled people across the county and with the number of over 65s growing quicker than any other age group, a key focus in the strategy is how to make sure both groups can remain independent.

Meanwhile the report revealed when surveyed one in three people admitted they did not know their neighbours and it recommends measures to ensure communities are more resilient.

Organisations who are part of the board will also work together more closely and share data more effectively to make the system more efficient.

Visit http://hwb.warwickshire.gov.uk/about-hwbb/consultation-hwbs/ to read the full strategy.

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