In 2015 we want to continue to support people in Hull to lead more healthy, active and fulfilled lives.
Aside from cancer, coronary heart disease and diabetes are the main killers in the city. To turn this around, we’re working with public health colleagues to adopt a ‘whole life course’ approach - getting a message across that, whatever age we are, we can all take steps to live a more healthy and active life.
We will be launching the Healthier Hull Community Fund again for 2015. It’s a great way of reaching lots of different people who came forward with excellent ideas about how to improve their community’s own health and wellbeing.
A number of the Healthier Hull Fund groups have helped support people to eat more healthily – on a budget. Eating healthily doesn’t have to cost a lot. There are many recipes that people can cook which are quite inexpensive and quite simple, so you don’t have to stay in the kitchen for hours.
We all have to take responsibility for our own health. For example, I have a family history of hypertension and my blood pressure has been quite high recently. To help address this I try to exercise regularly and eat healthily. I can’t talk about creating a healthier Hull and expect people to live healthier lives if I’m not prepared to make the commitment myself.
So, I have signed up to Dry January – joining thousands of people across the country who pledge to go a full month without any alcohol at all.
I have also just signed up for a 12 week course at local boxer Tommy Coyle’s academy to try and get a bit fitter and hopefully reduce my blood pressure. I had the pleasure of meeting Tommy this year and he is an ambassador for the city in terms of the work that he does with children and young people and great role model.
We are also into the first full year of the Hull 2020 transformation programme with nine public service organisations aiming to improve health and wellbeing, raise life expectancy and help people to make the kind of positive life style changes that will go way beyond 2020.
This year we’re extremely pleased to be working with the Hull Daily Mail’s A New You 2015 campaign. It totally supports our vision of ‘Creating a healthier Hull’ and that’s fantastic for us. It gets the message out to everybody and reinforces our commitment to helping people make different life choices. If the campaign helps only one person to change their life then it is worth it.
Chief Officer, NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group