Birmingham health bosses introduce new system to promote healthier lifestyles

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Tackling the long term implications of smoking, inactivity and obesity are among the key aims of a proposed new system aiming to promote healthier lifestyles in Birmingham.

Birmingham public health bosses have launched a two-month consultation looking at future provision of a wide range of services for early years, children, families and adults.

Birmingham Public Health invests over £11 million a year in healthy lifestyle services and the services under review include:

  • Health Checks
  • Healthy eating/weight management
  • Physical activity
  • Stop smoking services
  • Health trainers

In addition to face-to-face services, the proposed new system will also include improved web-based support with a range of information, advice and applications to help citizens improve their health and wellbeing. The online service will include signposting to local services and opportunities, as well as web based applications that help people change their behaviour to pursue healthy goals.

Birmingham Public Health Head of Commissioning, Parveen Mercer, said: “Our aim is to ensure that the new services meet the needs of every community across Birmingham, but with a particular focus on supporting those with the greatest needs.

“This is largely about prevention and our aim is to help Brummies make healthier choices and reduce the reliance on social care. We want to make it as easy as possible for people to access services that will improve and hopefully prolong their lives. That means helping people quit smoking, eat more healthily and of course be more active.”

To take part in the consultation go to: https://www. people-1/the-commissioning-of- birmingham-lifestyles-service