County Council encourages us to adopt a healthy lifestyle this New Year

Published: 06 Jan 2020

If you’re trying to lose weight, get more active, stop smoking or even drink a bit less, the council might not be the first place you’d think to go for help, but Hertfordshire County Council is hoping to change this by launching a series of short films to show how it is helping residents get healthier.

If you’ve made a promise to yourself to get more active, the council runs over 80 health walks each week, led by trained volunteers. These brisk, outdoor walks vary in length from 20 to 90 minutes and were attended by thousands of people last year.

Keeping active is vital for long-term health and wellbeing; the social aspects of joining in are also good for your health. Being active outdoors can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, depression, Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, bowel cancer and breast cancer.

If losing weight is on your list of resolutions, thousands of people received support from council-funded weight management schemes last year. Obesity is a serious health concern, but losing weight can significantly improve mobility, reduce joint pain and decrease your risk of long-term health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

Giving up smoking is often people’s number one resolution, but did you know that you are up to four times more likely to succeed with support? Last year, HCC’s free Stop Smoking Service helped 2,567 people give up smoking or switch to e-cigarettes, which are still 95 per cent safer than smoking. Someone who spends £10.00 a day on a packet of cigarettes could save over £3,600 a year.

Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention, Tim Hutchings, said: “The work of our Public Health team touches the lives of every single resident in Hertfordshire in one way or another.

“We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to live healthy, fulfilling lives in thriving, prosperous communities.

“The residents featured in our short film series are real and inspiring examples of how, with a little help and encouragement, everyone can improve their physical and mental wellbeing to live happier, healthier lives.

“I would urge people to visit the Health in Herts website to watch the films and find out what support is available to them.”

For more information and to watch the New Year's Resolutions films, visit