Health pledges to help people help themselves and each other

cycling Published: Tuesday, 12th March 2019

From exercising more and having blood pressure checks, to drinking less alcohol and eating healthily – Warrington residents are being asked to take action on their health and wellbeing.

A new, five-year strategy from Warrington Health and Wellbeing Board is urging local people to take responsibility for their own wellbeing by making pledges that will have a positive effect on their lives.

Warrington’s newly launched ‘Health and Wellbeing Strategy (2019-23)’, sets out the ambitions to improve the health and wellbeing of all local residents – and describes the huge range of support that is available for people to help themselves.

The strategy includes a range of example pledges that people can make to improve their health, some of these include:

  • Quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption
  • Attending important medical appointments, such as cancer screening and blood pressure checks
  • Eating healthy, home-cooked meals
  • Building 10 minute bursts of brisk walking into everyday life
  • Taking control of day-to-day stress and anxiety

Warrington schools are being encouraged to make pledges to improve the health and wellbeing of pupils and staff. One suggestion is to introduce a ‘daily mile’ to get everyone moving for a short time during the day, as an example to help make healthier choices in the school environment.

Local businesses are being asked to pledge their support to enable employees to become healthier. There are various ways that this can be achieved, including working towards attaining the Workplace Wellbeing Charter accreditation to support both emotional and physical wellbeing, and offering active travel alternatives to replace car journeys to and from work.

The strategy also highlights the wide range of online resources and apps that are available to help people achieve their pledges, including the My Life Warrington website – which provides information on local services, events, advice and support available across the borough.

Professor Steven Broomhead, chair of the health and wellbeing board, said: “We know that all aspects of our everyday lives affect our health and wellbeing. We want everyone who lives or works in Warrington to recognise how they can help themselves and each other.

“We can all take steps to improve our health and wellbeing and this will mean something different to everyone. Whether you pledge to be more active, quit smoking or get your flu jab, attend NHS health checks and screenings, explore volunteering opportunities, or take time as a family to enjoy some of Warrington’s beautiful green spaces – it will all have a positive effect on your own health and wellbeing and your family, friends and community.

“The previous strategies resulted in some great success and we are aiming to achieve even more third time round. I would encourage residents to find out more about the services and support available that will have a positive impact on your life. The strategy also acts as the guide for health and wellbeing organisations to develop their plans for the coming years, using the agreed priorities.”

Warrington Health and Wellbeing Board members include representatives from the Council, local NHS organisations and a number of other private and voluntary sector services.

Visit the Council’s website to view the strategy.