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Helping everyone in Waltham Forest lead healthy and happy lives

A short film celebrating Waltham Forest and the people who live here has been released to coincide with the launch of a five year health and wellbeing strategy.



The Waltham Forest Health and Wellbeing Board published the new strategy on 8 March to highlight the work being carried out to help residents stay healthy and happy – and reinforce the board’s aims and objectives.



The accompanying film, which you can watch on the Council’s YouTube channel, was filmed in the borough and features Waltham Forest’s residents and communities, along with members of the board giving information about the health and wellbeing strategy.



The central goal of the Health and Wellbeing Board is to improve health and reduce inequalities in health outcomes. To do this, its strategy focusses on three main areas; to help give children the best start in life; to support people to live healthy, longer and happy lives; and to care for and protect the borough’s older and vulnerable residents.



The strategy has been produced by Waltham Forest Council’s public health team and NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in partnership with local stakeholders and residents.



Cllr Ahsan Khan, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “To help our borough thrive, we must make sure that the health and wellbeing of residents is at the heart of the decision making processes at the Council and other local organisations.



“While the current financial climate and increased pressure on local services pose a great challenge, we have a real opportunity to develop ways of working together with our health colleagues and local partners to develop effective and responsive services that best meet the needs of our communities and prevent ill-health – helping everyone living in Waltham Forest lead healthy and happy lives.”



Dr Anwar Khan, a local GP and Chair of Waltham Forest CCG, said: “We want to make sure we’re doing all we can to look after the health of local people, and ensure they are treated quickly when they do need help. For this to happen, people need to be given the right information and support to look after their own health, with appropriate input from healthcare professionals. 



“This joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy is our vision for how we’re going to support people in Waltham Forest to stay as healthy as possible in the years ahead – and make sure services are meeting the changing needs of our diverse local population.”



For more information, and to see the strategy, visit www.walthamforest.gov.uk/healthandwellbeingboard



To request a hard copy, please contact matilda.allen@walthamforest.gov.uk.

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