A happy and healthy Hertfordshire

Published: 25 Sep 2017

A new public health strategy for Hertfordshire has been given the seal of approval by councillors today (Monday 25 September).

The new strategy sets out the council’s vision for a ‘Healthy and happy Hertfordshire', where everyone is born as healthy as possible and lives a full and happy life. People are living longer on average than ever before, but the key is living to an old age in good health and, where possible, disability free.

The plan identifies four key priorities:

Starting and Developing Well, covers the support and services we provide for children and young people from birth to 18; things like help for new mums, mental health support for children and young people and promoting health lifestyles for youngsters.

Keeping Well is all about encouraging and supporting people to live healthy lives, getting them to take responsibility for their own health and helping them to make positive choices about their weight, diet and mental health.

Influencing and Advising focuses on how our public health experts can share their expertise and give professional advice to other organisations to help them design and deliver services. The offer of support ranges from helping Hertfordshire’s care homes to reduce the spread of infections, right through to influencing planning decisions to ensure that good quality green spaces are on offer near people’s homes to allow them to enjoy the outdoors more.

Working Collaboratively is a key part of the strategy which emphasises the need for us to work with others in order to get things done.

Richard Roberts, Cabinet Member for Public Health, said: “We all know the saying that ‘Prevention is better than cure’ and this is certainly true in terms of our health and wellbeing.

"Not all ill-health is avoidable, but wherever possible we need to take responsibility for our health and make positive lifestyle choices, which will help us all to maintain good mental and physical wellbeing.

“This strategy sets out our commitment to work alongside our partners to help our residents to help themselves. Our message is really simple, if we give up smoking, as many of us have, eat a little better and exercise a little more, we will live healthier for longer.”

To read the full strategy or to find out more about the Public Health support and services on offer from Hertfordshire County Council, go to www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/healthinherts.