Healthy Stevenage partnership to work with locals to promote healthy lifestyles

09 Mar 2018

Authorities in Stevenage have committed to work together to promote healthier lifestyles for local people. The Healthy Stevenage Partnership this week unveiled a programme of activity aimed at achieving a joint mission: “To help all residents live well, be happy and healthy for as long as possible by providing high quality services in partnership that are accessible by all”.
Stevenage Borough Council, Public Health, Hertfordshire County Council, NHS providers and commissioners, and organisations from the voluntary sector, has committed to address significant health inequalities across the town. In some parts of Stevenage, there are higher than average numbers of people who are overweight and obese, or physically inactive, or where people are more likely to smoke, have diabetes or be living with a limiting long term illness or disability, and a new Healthy Stevenage strategy has been developed to tackle these.

Speaking after the launch event on Tuesday 6 March, Cllr Jeannette Thomas, Executive Member for Housing, Health and Older People, said, “The Healthy Stevenage Partnership is taking the lead in helping local people to improve their health and wellbeing by working together so that we can make a real difference to residents and support them to live well.
Jim McManus, Director of Public Health at Hertfordshire County Council, who launched the strategy alongside Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, Councillor Sharon Taylor, said, “Healthy Stevenage will see district and county council work alongside the NHS, local communities, third sector and business to create a complementary and comprehensive approach to public health in the town”.