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Bid for Norwich to become a ‘healthy city’

PUBLISHED: 17:10 02 July 2012 | UPDATED: 17:17 02 July 2012

City Hall leaders are set to back a bid to make Norwich a 'healthy city'

City Hall leaders are set to back a bid to make Norwich a 'healthy city'

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Council leaders are ready to back a bid for Norwich to become part of a worldwide network of ‘healthy cities’ - a move aimed at preventing problems such as obesity, teenage pregnancy and misuse of drugs.

Norwich City Council’s cabinet will next week consider a recommendation to apply for Norwich to become a ‘healthy city’ as part of the World Health Organisation’s UK Healthy Cities Network.

The council says the move, against a backdrop of health reform. would demonstrate that the authority and its partners are committed to tackling health and wellbeing issues.

Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council said: “Investing in the health of Norwich means investing in the future, and requires strong political will and a commitment to improve the health and well being of the people living in the city through the close collaboration of partners.

“The council believes everyone should have a fair chance in life and so, in its civic leadership role, is applying to become a healthy city.”

As reported, recent data shows the health and wellbeing of people in Norwich differs from average in the following areas - deprivation, children in poverty, GCSE achievement, violent crime, long-term unemployment, low levels of physical activity in children and adults, teenage pregnancy, hospital stays for self-harm, drug misuse and early deaths from cancer.

Dr Cath Robinson, executive board member of the newly-formed Norwich Clinical Commissioning group (CCG), said: “This application brings together key partners in the city in a joint commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Norwich.

“Collectively, change can happen by making positive decisions on policies and practices that affect health.”

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