Seven key goals within strategy to help local people’s wellbeing
The programme is an example to others and being replicated elsewhere
A new wellbeing strategy has been agreed for the Cherwell District. On Monday evening the council’s Executive approved the plan.
It contains seven key goals to make it easier for people to lead healthy and happy lives, looking at areas such as delivering leisure facilities and activity programmes.
Ensuring that everyone can eat well is one of the strategy’s goals, alongside being physically active, participating in their community, connecting with nature and culture, and feeling welcome and included.
Through the strategy its hoped the council will add value to the work of the NHS and its other public sector partners. It emphasises how the council can help residents stay healthier and happier by preventing problems before they happen.
Councillor Phil Chapman, Portfolio Holder for Healthy and Safe Communities, said: “Cherwell has for some time now been leading the way with initiatives which promote healthy lifestyles. For instance, FAST, a physical activity programme for families, has been replicated across Oxfordshire because it is recognised as an example of best practice.
“District councils have a role to play in influencing the long-term health of their communities; we know that when people have an opportunity to pursue their favourite activities, they will be healthier and happier and, at a population level, this will reduce demand on the NHS.
“But the activities we deliver must be well-targeted if we want to achieve that. This new wellbeing strategy lays the groundwork for more class-leading opportunities, driven by an up-to-date understanding of their needs, and helping ensure that Cherwell will be somewhere easy to live healthily and happily in the years to come.”
At Monday’s meeting councillors praised the council staff behind the strategy and noted the programme was an example to others which was being replicated elsewhere.
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam