Healthy Norwich is an exciting project for everyone in the city and its surrounding area. Together we can make Norwich an even better place to live and work in.
Healthy Norwich has three priorities:
- Stopping or preventing smoking
- Promoting a good diet and plenty of exercise
- Affordable warmth
Good mental health is crucial to living healthily and this touches on all of the three themes, above.
Becoming a healthy city...
...means working together on all of the things which improve people's health and wellbeing, including ensuring everyone has a good start in life, higher educational attainment, greater employment prospects, better housing conditions, and good transport facilities.
Healthy Norwich’s partners include NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group, Norwich City Council, Norfolk County Council (Public Health) and Broadland District Council
We pledge to work together to make Norwich a healthier community.
Healthy Norwich was launched in February 2013 with six minutes of video outlining the focus of the work.
The video was shown for a week on a specially erected multi-screen high-definition plasma vidiwall in Norwich’s Chapelfield shopping centre.
About Healthy Cities
The UK Healthy Cities Network is part of a global movement for urban health which is led and supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Its vision is to develop a creative, supportive and motivating network for the 19 UK cities and towns which are part of the network and committed to tackling health inequalities and striving to put health improvement and health equity at the core of all local policies.
For more information visit www.healthycities.org.uk
Norwich City Council, in its civic leadership role, made its successful application for membership to the WHO, on behalf of the partners, in August 2012.
Being a member of the healthy city network does not mean that Norwich has achieved a particular health status – good or bad. It means that partners have demonstrated a joint commitment to work together to improve the health outcomes for the people in greater Norwich. Membership of the UK Healthy Cities Network does not bring with it any additional funding but it provides the opportunity to galvanise that energy and drive joint action, learning from the good practice of other like-minded cities and towns in the network
The picture of Norwich is often described as a ‘tale of two cities’. Norwich is a dynamic, contemporary city and a major regional service centre with a diverse business base and thriving knowledge economy. For many, it offers an exceptional quality of life, combining the best of city living with easy access to the Norfolk countryside, coast and the Broads.
In contrast to this, Norwich city is the second most deprived local authority area in the East of England with multiple “deprivation factors”.
These pockets of deprivation are associated with marked health inequalities. Men who live in the most deprived areas of Norwich might live 6.7 years less than those in the better off areas. In Norwich: Women who live in the most deprived areas might live 3.2 years less than those in better off areas.
The latest public health data shows Norwich fares significantly worse than England and the rest of Norfolk in relation to a number of key health and wellbeing profile indicators.
Health services have an important role to play in improving health and wellbeing but it is clear that health and wellbeing can be influenced by a range of organisations.
- Alcohol Needs Assessment
- Norwich Health Profile
- Health and Wellbeing Strategy
- Norfolk Insight
What does Healthy Norwich mean for the city?
- Norwich is now part of a dynamic and supportive network of 19 UK cities and towns and many more across the globe
- A formal commitment has been made to embed health and health equity in all local policies
- There is access to learning and shared knowledge with a range of other cities in the UK and across Europe
- Healthy City status will enable the development of partnership projects to promote the health and wellbeing of Norwich in the future.