We want people to feel empowered to make positive health and lifestyle choices for themselves and their family. Having a healthy weight, choosing not to smoke and watching our alcohol intake is key in reaching this target.
The Healthy Shropshire website offers advice and guidance around maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Find out about stop smoking services in Shropshire, get advice about healthy eating and access support and information services.
Diet and lifestyle can affect your heart’s health or “age”. You can use this quick free test to find out how your heart’s age compares to your real age. Find out more at: www.healthyshropshire.co.uk/topics/heart-age/
Healthy Lifestyle Consultations, Events and Workshops:
|Healthy Ageing Event||November 2014||To bring together partners from across Shropshire to understand how we can work better together to encourage healthy ageing.||Key speakers from the fields of immunology, the British Heart Foundation and falls prevention.||Table top discussion suggested how professionals could contribute towards the Better Care Fund workstreams including falls prevention.||You can read about the event in the Health and Wellbeing December newsletter.See below for the powerpoint presentations delivered at the event.|
|Healthy Weight Partnership Event and Workshops||November 2013||To involve and engage partners with a responsibility for ensuring Shropshire’s population achieves a healthy weight.||Focus on raising knowledge about what constitutes a healthy lifestyle. Changing perceptions of weight and discussion of the ‘new normal’.||Click here to see insights from the event and workshops.||Insights from the event will be used to develop the healthy weight strategy.|
|Children’s Trust Area forum – keeping more children healthy table discussion||September 2013||Engage with front line managers and practitioners in children’s services||Needs to be more involvement with role of parenting||For summary of notes, click here||CYP Strategy being refreshed with stakeholder feedback|
|Outdoor recreation user survey||March 2013||To help develop and improve the rights of way network, and countryside parks, sites and play areas||Dog mess and overgrown vegetation put people off from using right of way||922 responses Click here|
|Healthy Lifestyle Workshop||January 2012||Engage with stakeholders at annual HWBB conference||Priorites: 1.Involve work in the Church Stretton pilot2. Support employers to achieve working environments conducive to
|Click here for full notes|
Presentations from the Healthy Ageing event (Nov 2014):
The introductory powerpoint was delivered by Prof. Rod Thomson and discussed Shropshire’s health profile.
Professor Janet Lord, Director of MRC-ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research, presented evidence around ageing and how it can be affected by calorie intake and physical activity levels. Professor Lord also discussed the impact of ageing upon the immune system. It was demonstrated that frailty decline is not an inevitable part of the ageing process.
Bob Laventure, Consultant at the British Heart Foundation Centre for Physical Activity, presented evidence around active ageing. He explained how encouraging older people to be less sedentary and more physically active can enable them to maintain strength and balance; key factors for ageing well.
Dr Irfan Ghani, Public Health Consultant, discussed immunisation programmes for older people, such as the flu and shingles vaccination programmes, and their importance in healthy ageing.
Sandy Lockwood, Falls Prevention Project Manager, discussed the impact of falls for individuals as well as for the health economy. Methods for reducing risk were discussed along with the falls prevention agenda.
Other events and workshops:
|Smoking and age-related macular degeneration||March 2014||To bring together ophthalmologists from across Shropshire to discuss the effect of smoking on sight.||Attendees received information around age-related macular degeneration and were updated on Making Every Contact Count. Please click here to see the agenda for the event.|
|Sexual Health update for Shropshire GPs||April 2014||To update Shropshire GPs on current evidence around LARC, information on STIs and guidance on forensic examination in the SARC.|
|Smoking in pregnancy asset mapping||July 2013||To complete asset mapping for the smoking in pregnancy pathway, from pre-conception to delivery and post-natal. Identifying gaps in service.|