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Changes to healthy lifestyle support

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Thu 8 Feb 2018

Please see below a letter from Karen Bryson Assistant Director - Public Health and Prevention st Staffordshire County Council which Support Staffordshire has been asked to circulate:

I am writing to make you aware of forthcoming changes to the way Staffordshire’s residents are supported to live healthily. As you’ll be aware, people in Staffordshire are living longer, but not necessarily healthier lives. With less money available, we need to encourage people to take greater responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, so that the Council can focus our resources on those that need help the most.

From April 2018, the County Council will be focusing support where we believe it will have the biggest impact. We have identified 52 areas across Staffordshire (encl. 2) where people face the biggest risk of poor health and are at more risk of entering adult social care or needing NHS services. We are pleased to inform you that we have now commissioned a new Healthy Lifestyles Service, which is expected to Launch later in the spring and will be provided by Everyone Health, part of Sports and Leisure Management Ltd. 

The service will be available to people who are aged 50 and over and live in the 52 identified areas. It will provide NHS Health Checks as well as lifestyle help, including weight management, advice on diet and malnutrition, physical activity, stop smoking, falls prevention and social isolation. This will be achieved by facilitating behaviour change through offering services and supporting people to use  activities and groups within their community.

To reflect today’s digital age, we are also developing a digital package which enables people to undertake an online health check and access information, advice and guidance around positive lifestyle choices. Over the coming months, we will be sending out further communications about the service and how people can access it. 

For further information, please see the frequently asked questions sheet (see below) If you have any further questions, please direct them to Joanna.robinson@staffordshire.gov.uk