Since 2014, when Warwickshire County Council’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy was launched, significant improvements have been recorded in a number of areas.
Generally health in Warwickshire is good compared with the England average and has improved over the lifetime of the 2014-18 strategy. People live longer on average, with fewer children living in low income families; more young people achieve GCSEs and are in education, employment or training; fewer young people are entering the criminal justice system; and there are fewer teenage conceptions. More people are keeping physically active, fewer people are smoking, and delays during transfers of care have reduced. More people find it easier to find information about support, and feel they have control over their lives.
These achievements fulfil key areas of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which focuses on prevention, early intervention and self-care, to help people stay healthier for longer while targeting the areas that need the most support.
The strategy has now been refreshed to 2020, reflecting the vital progress that has been made so far and acknowledging the improvements still to be made.
Councillor Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council’s cabinet member for health and social care, said: “Good physical and mental wellbeing are vital, allowing each of us to reach our full potential, and make a positive contribution to our community. The Health and Wellbeing Strategy recognises the achievements made since 2014, but also highlights what more needs to be done to improve the health and wellbeing of all our residents, reduce inequalities, build resilience in our communities and integrate our services.”
The Health & Wellbeing Boards for Coventry and Warwickshire have designated 2019 as the Year of Wellbeing, to encourage as many of us as possible to make positive actions to safeguard our health and feel good about ourselves.
For more information visit: www.yearofwellbeing.org.uk