June 19 2013 Latest news:
Monday, July 2, 2012
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.”
Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a garden pond today.
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