An ambitious plan has been launched by the Council which aims to ensure that a range of measures are in place for West Lancashire residents to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
The Council's new innovative Health and Wellbeing Strategy sets out a framework to improve the quality of life of residents by integrating health into wider services relating to housing, the environment, leisure, economic regeneration, planning and community safety.
Key issues facing the Borough include:
Over the next three years the aim of the new strategy is to start to address these issues and the root causes of poor health through better use of resources and by ensuring Council policies promote health improvement.
To achieve this ambition the strategy covers four priority areas for the Council:
This will help to ensure that the Council is equipped to deliver the best conditions possible for local people to live fulfilling lives. Some of the key areas will include:
The strategy also acknowledges the Council's desire to maximise the impact of investment by developing innovative and cohesive partnerships with key public sector organisations.
Councillor Kevin Wright, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, said: "This exciting strategy can make a real difference to people's lives. The Council will work with partners to implement its recommendations to help improve local people's health."
Councillor Yvonne Gagen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, said: "The Council already provides a number of leisure opportunities for West Lancashire residents to improve their health, fitness and general wellbeing. Through the strategy we will look to work with partners to increase these opportunities to help West Lancashire people lead healthier lives."