Our Year of Wellbeing - 26th February 2019

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Issue 04 - 26th February 2019

March is our healthy eating month

Fruit and veg

The Year of Wellbeing calendar shows March is a month for thinking about diet and healthy eating.

The One You site features simple tips to take control of your diet: eat less sugar, salt and fat; get the right balance including five-a-day fruit and veg; cook tasty recipes at home and aim for 400-600-600 calories in your three daily meals.  It even features a handy app to help you plan your food shopping, diet and recipes.

Other dates we will be supporting during March:

7 March - Universities Mental Health Day

11-17 March - Nutrition and Hydration Week

Please watch out for news of local activities and initiatives, and be part of our Year of Wellbeing!

Meet the Team

The Year of Wellbeing team has some new recruits! Meet the team…

Meet the Team YoWB


Steps for Change

Steps for Change boosting multi agency working

A pop up shop in Coventry city centre is helping beat homelessness in the city.

Steps for Change offers accessible help, advice, a warm inviting atmosphere – and a cup of tea – to people who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

Agencies including police, housing, drug and alcohol services, homelessness charities and many others get together each week in Broadgate to offer vital help to people in need.

The project is an opportunity for people to meet a number of agencies all in one place, helping smooth their path to the most appropriate support for them.

You can see the latest updates on the project on The Arc Facebook page


Tackling loneliness and social isolation 

There are estimated to be around 9 million lonely people in the UK and it's seen by many as one of the largest health concerns we face. 

Two groups in Coventry and Warwickshire have identified this need for support and are working to try and beat social isolation.

Local organisations in Shipston-on-Stour have come together to form the Stour Partnership Against Social Isolation and Loneliness. They have carred out a residents' survey as a first step to understanding the extent of the problem. To find out more about their work and next steps you can contact: amandawilsonpatterson@warwickshire.gov.uk

In Coventry, a new group of frontline workers is helping to identify the extent of social isolation in the city– and how we might tackle it.

The Wide Awake Forum is active on Facebook and meet again at the end of February.

Healthwatch Warwickshire Report Launched

Healthwatch Warwickshire to launch Wellbeing report

As part of our Year of Wellbeing, Healthwatch Warwickshire asked more than 400 people across Warwickshire: ‘What do you think would improve your wellbeing?’

The findings from this survey, conducted during the last three months of 2018, have been published in a report, launched this month. The report highlights some of the key things identified as being important to wellbeing: access to healthcare, fewer money worries, being connected socially and transport to activities.

Partner organisations, including the Health and Wellbeing Boards, will be working with Healthwatch during 2019 to make good use of the results and to determine the best response.

George Eliot Hospital YoWB event
Matt Hancock MP Pledge

L: Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP making his pledge

Wellbeing launch at George Eliot Hospital 

George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton had a great response to the launch of their new wellbeing corridor this month.

The new area is dedicated to staff wellbeing, and was launched with a day of wellbeing activities on offer. Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, visited and took time to make his pledge for the Year of Wellbeing!

Man exercising at desk

Could you help your health and stand more?

Did you know that Britons spend an average 8.9 hours each day sitting down?

New research suggests that swapping 30 minutes sitting for low intensity physical activity can reduce the risk of death by 17%.

Calculate how long you spend sitting each day and find out more about how moving more can help you, from the Get Britain Standing campaign. 

You can also sign up to the 'On your Feet Britain' Challenge taking place on 26 April, aimed at getting everyone to #SitLess and #MoveMore.

Also, find out more in their latest newsletter.


Nuneaton 5k fun run

New Nuneaton family fun run needs volunteers

A new event in the Nuneaton leisure calendar is a 5k fun run, to take place on Sunday 24 March, this year.

The event, run by the Borough Council, starts at the Pingles Stadium athletics track with the route taking in the delightful setting of Riversley Park. You can find out more and register for the event here.

The Borough Council will be running similar events later in the year and are on the lookout for willing volunteers to help. If you are interested you can email sports.development@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk

Coventry European City of Sport

Coventry European City of Sport

Coventry European City of Sport aims to ‘promote and celebrate, in every community, the benefits of sport and physical activity, and to be the catalyst for a fitter, healthier city in the future’.

Throughout the year, take overs of major sporting fixtures in the local area will help to spread the message about the City of Sport and the Year of Wellbeing to spectators and participants alike. Audience participation and half-time fun will all be encouraging people to get moving and stay active!

The first few fixtures happening in April have been announced, starting with the Wasps Netball on 6 April. You can check out others and see further fixtures here


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The Year of Wellbeing is organised by the Coventry and Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Boards which include representation from all of the NHS organisations in our area, together with Healthwatch, local councils, the police and the fire service. The aim of the year is to share resources to support stronger, healthier communities, and to promote the important of taking action to improve health and wellbeing.  

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