Having good health and wellbeing contributes greatly to feeling good about ourselves, and is possibly the most important part of a happy life.
We are all living longer, which is great news if you have good physical and mental health. But sadly, this is not the case for many people living in Barnsley.
To keep people in Barnsley healthy for longer, we need to do things differently. Watch our short video and read the information below:
Looking after ourselves
People need to be motivated, supported, able and confident to look after their own and their families’ health and wellbeing.
People and places in Barnsley differ from one area to another. In some areas of Barnsley people live the last 20 years of their lives in poor health.
It is possible to reduce long term conditions such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and respiratory problems - and to help people live healthier lives for longer.
Things to try
Even small things can make a difference to your own, and other people's, health and wellbeing. Here are some things you could try:
Things you could do right now
- Drink a glass of water
- Offer to make your partner or colleague a cup of tea
- Take notice of the things around you
- Think about your thoughts and feelings
Things you could do today
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Aim to eat your 5 a day
- Go for a walk
- Enjoy the moment
Things you could do this week
- Stop smoking
- Chat with friends and family
- Move more
- Reduce your alcohol consumption and have alcohol free days
Longer term changes you could make
- Swap sugary drinks for diet or zero varieties
- Keep up to date with your screening appointments
- Join a club or try a hobby you fancy
- Have your yearly flu jab
Joined up care
To get the best value for money locally, health and care services need to work in smarter ways. They need to be more joined up - work with people to deliver the right care, at the right time, in the right place.
There must be more and better jobs and good housing. Everyone should have parks, activity clubs and healthy foods. Information, advice and early help should support people to make healthier choices.
People in Barnsley can come together to improve their local community. Local businesses and groups can get involved to support the needs of their local area.
Health and wellbeing services can be planned in line with local needs and can be more joined up. This way we can be better at supporting people to be independent and healthier.
Together we can shape new ways of caring for our health
Children, families, adults and services can get the most from what is on offer in their local area and make the most of their local facilities.
The NHS and the council cannot change things on their own. We value the things people do and the changes they make in their local area. People can volunteer and get involved in decision making. Small changes can make big differences for everyone who lives there.
By working together, we can make a difference to improve people’s health and wellbeing.
Take control of your health. Get involved. Join a community group. Support your friends and neighbours. Help us to improve local services.