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Healthy lifestyle initiatives in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 17:05 16 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:21 06 September 2016

Herts is taking its health seriously. Photograph: Zeltur, Thinkstock

Herts is taking its health seriously. Photograph: Zeltur, Thinkstock

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A strategy for a healthier, happier Hertfordshire from toddlers to pensioners and a scheme encouraging children to walk a mile a day have been launched

Healthy for life scheme

A strategy for a healthier, happier Hertfordshire from toddlers to pensioners has been launched.

The Health and Wellbeing Strategy created by the county and district councils, NHS and Healthwatch focuses on four groups: 0-5 years, 6-25s, working-age adults and 65s and over.

Health and Wellbeing Board chairman Colette Wyatt-Lowe said while general health in the county was good, some communities are falling behind.

‘Every year, far too many people suffer avoidable ill health or die earlier than they should. These inequalities need to be tackled to make life better for everyone.

‘If we are to be successful it is more important than ever for us all to take responsibility not only for our own health but for others,’ she said.

Full details of the scheme are at hertfordshire.gov.uk/hwb

Daily Mile pilot

Maple School in St Albans, is leading a Herts County Council-backed national physical-activity pilot scheme which aims to improve pupils’ health, fitness, wellbeing and concentration at school.

The Daily Mile targets children and young people to become more active by encouraging them to run or walk a mile every day during the school day over a 15-minute period. If successful, the scheme will be rolled out to all primary schools across the county from next month.

See hertfordshire.gov.uk/healthinherts for more.

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