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.

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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.”

11 comments

  • Oh please ! Just another Olympic inspired no story . Report back in a year .

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    SHOOK

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • This stinks, Norwich Council has been cutting back on health for years. Another gimic thought up by some suit behind a desk that will never deliver.

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    Crazy

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • All too frequently do we see the opening of yet another fast-food outlet. And EDP articles celebrating existing ones that offer mammoth portions of junk food, as exampled by the "Godzillaburger" available in North Walsham or the giant-sized meals for which a certain Wymondham pub is (in)famous. Not a snowflake`s chance of weaning the addictive ovates off their "fix". No doubt a useful job-creation scheme for a few highly paid "experts" to feed off.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • What with all that dope in County Hall?

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    Honest John

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • Goodbye to MacDonald's, Subway, Burger King, et all. Does this mean that all fat people will be banned from the city centre ?

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    Trevor Lincoln

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • So are you going to close down all the junk food sellers and burger stalls..

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    billytheolympicbookie

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • So with the Government wanting to charge vat @ 20% of 5 aside football, will Brenda Arthur and her council offer funds to offset this? I doubt it !!

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    chebram71

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • What a good idea Brenda, How about starting with health and safety of market customers. A Peregrine Falcon nesting box on City Hall clock tower will be healthier than costly chemicals smeared on to ledges which last how long? before it must be re-applied? Consequentive Labour administrations have failed to deal with it, so what about it Brenda? Close to a 1000 people eat there every day, so what better to address past inaction first, show us that you care for the health of the people of Norwich and their well being is worth more to you than the vermin.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, July 2, 2012

  • This sort of thing mostly makes for healthy wage packets for those involved. They should forget worrying about obesity and concentrate on getting the message over to kids that single parenthood in their teenage years isn't a bright idea. More advice in schools, more practical help in obtaining the best contraception for their needs and forcing teenagers to confront the reality of and the effect on their lives and the lives of any children of being a very young parent.Gaggles of stupid teenage girls treating babies as if they are a fashion accessory and boys who have no clue about responsibility are not good for anyone or any city. There are too many little tots being dragged up by kids on low incomes who are incapable of looking after themselves. While I would be the last to condemn the accidental pregnancy or to ostracise I do think many young people are drifting carelessly into parenthood long before they should.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Yes, good idea. Ban all fat people from the City Centre. It`ll be like a ghost Town.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • If they were really serious, the first thing they would do is get rid of the stinking polluting traffic from the city.

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    John L Norton

    Monday, July 2, 2012

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