Residents most at risk of developing poor health in later life are to be targeted with focused health and lifestyle support as part of a new service launched in Staffordshire from April 1.
The new Healthy Communities Service will be open to residents aged 50 and over who live in 52 areas of Staffordshire identified as where people are likely to have the greatest long term health risk.
As part of the community-based service, residents will be offered prevention and lifestyle advice and support such as health checks, weight management, falls prevention physical activity and stop smoking support.
Alan White, Staffordshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said:
“While it is great news that people in Staffordshire are now living longer, unfortunately far too many people are living out their lives in poor health.
“We want to target the resources we do have available where they will make the biggest difference and give those most at risk the best chance of living healthy, independent and active lives for as long as possible.
“This new community-based services will be offering a range or prevention advice and support and I would encourage everyone who is eligible to make use of the service to do so.”
The new service will be provided by Everyone Health and Bethany Albutt, its service manager, said:
“These community focussed services will help to promote healthy lifestyles and encourage more people to improve their health and wellbeing, with our support. We look forward to working very closely with the council to ensure that the services we deliver are of the highest quality and meet the needs of Staffordshire’s residents.”
If people live in one of the identified areas and are aged between 50 – 74 they may be be invited for a check or see details of local drop-in sessions advertised. The county council encourages people of all aged to be healthy and active and more information on health and wellbeing, links to online tools and details about new community service can be found here.
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People who live outside the areas can also visit the NHS Heart Age Tool to find out how healthy their heart is. If after doing this people are concerned they are high risk then a further health check can be arranged if necessary.