1 Dec 2012
Fit for the Future is not fit?
Between 2003 and 2008 unhealthy behaviours (like smoking, excessive alcohol intake, low fruit and vegetable consumption and low physical activity) fell significantly from around one in three adults to around one in four (ii) . However look more closely at the evidence and most of the improvements came from those in high socio-economic groups and with higher education levels. Relative inequalities have therefore increased starkly. We cannot address individual behaviours in isolation from one another and we need to target work with lower socio-economic and educational groups to also improve their health.
This draft strategy looks set to do little, if anything, to tackle rising inequalities....it also makes little mention of differing the message to different groups of people.....anyway I would urge folk to complete the survey online before 12th December....I've just come across a blog from a Glos woman re this consultation - well worth a read: http://www.halfagiraffe.co.uk/2012/10/gccs-health-and-wellbeing-campaign.html
Report is available from GUIDE & PALS and online: http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/healthandwellbeing
(i) From report: "Many of the wider factors that can improve health are not under the direct leadership of the Health and Wellbeing Board. Employment, crime, housing, education, and access to green space, are driven by other organisations and partnerships such as the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the Gloucestershire Stronger, Safer, Justice Commission (GSSJC), the Local Nature Partnership (LNP) and our six District/Borough Councils and schools. For these wider issues, the role of the Board will be to work with partners to help them to identify the role that they can play in improving health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities. The Health and Wellbeing Board will focus its direct efforts on improving healthy behaviours and access to effective, integrated services."
(ii) ‘Clustering of unhealthy behaviours over time: implications for policy and practice', a Kings Fund report: http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/clustering-unhealthy-behaviours-over-time