Citywide review of healthy lifestyle services

Birmingham City Council has launched a review into services that tackle many of the major health issues affecting people across the city.

The review will look at a wide range of lifestyle services, including:

  • Stop Smoking services
  • Healthy Eating/Weight Management
  • Physical Activity
  • NHS Health Checks

And Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, believes the review will result in a more coordinated approach to health issues that limit the length and quality of many lives in Birmingham.

He said: “Traditionally services have focussed on individual health problems but we know that in many cases a person who is, for example, quitting smoking may also benefit from physical activity or weight management services. Likewise, if a Health Check identifies a risk of developing diabetes, it makes sense to link into healthy eating and health trainers.

“The transfer of public health responsibilities to Birmingham City Council last year has given us the opportunity to review these services to ensure the best possible outcomes for people across the city.”

Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, added: “We know that lifestyle changes can be incredibly hard to make, so we must develop a range of services that make it easier for people in Birmingham to live longer, healthier lives.

“To get this right, it’s important to first of all understand what we do well and what can be improved. Then we can design services to help more people quit smoking, lose weight and be more active.”

To take part in stage one of the lifestyle services review, go to: https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/adults-communities/lifestyle-services-review

The survey will close on 21 February.

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