An Introduction to Health and Wellbeing in York

What we think health and wellbeing means

Health and wellbeing is about more than illness and treatment. It is about being well physically, mentally and socially. This includes being able to do the things you need to do and being able to cope with change and what’s going on around you. 

Health and wellbeing means different things to different people – there is no right or wrong answer. For some it is about having friends and support from others. For others it is about feeling happy and content or keeping fit and active.

The health and wellbeing of people who live in York

Each year we review the health and wellbeing needs of all the people who live in York. This is called the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment. This assessment will inform the development of future strategies, help us to decide our local priorities, and influence how we spend the money allocated to us.

The assessment confirms that overall York is a great place to live. Most people who live here have good health and wellbeing. However, this does not apply to everyone: some people in our city experience poorer health and wellbeing outcomes. This may be down to their needs, their circumstances, or simply where they live. Tackling health inequalities is likely to be a top priority for our future work.

What are we doing to address health and wellbeing needs in York?

The Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board is responsible for developing York's first Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which will take into account the recommendations from this assessment well as other relevant recent reports, including the York Fairness Commission: A Fairer and Better York, 2011, and the Independent Review of Health Services in North Yorkshire and York August 2011. We aim to have our Health and Wellbeing Strategy in place by September 2012.


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