Five-year plan to get South Tyneside people living healthier lives

Councillor Tracey Dixon is pictured alongside Dr Matthew Walmsley, Councillor Joan Atkinson, Prof Peter Kelly and Councillor Iain Malcolm welcoming the strategy.
Councillor Tracey Dixon is pictured alongside Dr Matthew Walmsley, Councillor Joan Atkinson, Prof Peter Kelly and Councillor Iain Malcolm welcoming the strategy.
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A five-year plan to get people in South Tyneside healthier has been unveiled by council chiefs.

South Tyneside’s Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) has agreed the Our Better Health and Wellbeing Strategy for South Tyneside 2017-21, which provides a commitment by board members including South Tyneside Council, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust and South Tyneside NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Priorities include the aim of giving all children the best start in life, building emotional wellbeing and resilience across households and promoting economic wellbeing.

Leader of the council Councillor Iain Malcolm said: “Key priorities of the board are that we continue to build on our existing strengths including our green spaces, excellent sport and leisure facilities and the voluntary and community sector, so that for our residents healthy choices become easy choices.”

Dr Matthew Walmsley, vice-chair of the HWB and chairman of South Tyneside CCG, said: “Life expectancy continues to increase, smoking prevalence has rapidly declined, we continue to have excellent uptake of our immunisation and screening programmes and we have seen the development of our integrated care services such as Haven Court.

“However, it is only by working in partnership that we can improve the health, wellbeing and quality of life for our children, adults and families and reduce health inequalities to help people love longer and healthier lives.”

The strategy can be seen at www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/58747/Health-and-Wellbeing-Strategy.