Tackling obesity on the agenda

Wed, 31 Oct 2018

Steps are beingtaken to help improve the lives of East Riding residents by focusing ontackling obesity at the upcoming Health and Wellbeing Board meeting at Alderson House, Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull, on Thursday, 1 November at 2pm.

East Riding ofYorkshire Council supports residents to live healthy lifestyles through thedelivery of services and policies to promote healthy weight. It influencescommissioning decisions in order to improve health and wellbeing and reduceinequalities in the East Riding.

Overweight andobesity is a global problem and in 2016, the World Health Organisationestimated that more than 1.9 billion adults (18 years and older) wereoverweight. Of these, over 650 million were obese.

Without action, theassociated costs – individual, social and economic, including social care –will continue to rise as will the disproportionate burden on children and theirfamilies from deprived areas.

The Joint Healthand Wellbeing Strategy 2016-2019 has adopted the ‘Life Course Approach’ andwithin this are four stages of life, each step looking specifically at the keyhealth and wellbeing issues for that stage.

The agenda onThursday will cover the progression of the second stage of the Life Course –Developing Well – which focuses on childhood through to adolescence.

The Health andWellbeing Board is also focusing on managing the demand into services acrossthe health and care system which continues to be the most significant challengefaced by partners in the East Riding. The Improved Better Care Fund Programmeand the East Riding Place Partnership will also be discussed at the meeting,which will take place at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Additionally, theagenda concentrates on the opportunities that exist to strengthen the approachto supporting family and friends and what particular actions can be undertakenby certain organisations.

Councillor JonathanOwen, chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “The work to improve thelives of those who are trying to lose weight, or who need support and guidanceon healthy living, is a key priority to ensure the health and wellbeing of EastRiding residents and connecting individuals with appropriate services andcommunity assets is of great importance to us.

“The Board is animportant tool in driving forward change in relation to the health and socialcare needs of East Riding residents and is the perfect platform from which tocontinue the good work that is already being done locally to address these keypriorities.”

For a full agendavisit www.eastriding.gov.uk