Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 13°C

Search

County’s focus on healthy lifestyles

PUBLISHED: 06:00 09 December 2011

STAR-NEWS
Pic Contributed

Dr Amanda Jones, deputy director of public health at Suffolk PCT


ES 5/3/08

STAR-NEWS Pic Contributed Dr Amanda Jones, deputy director of public health at Suffolk PCT ES 5/3/08

SUFFOLK is to play a leading international role in developing new ways of keeping people active, healthy and happy as they grow older.

Suffolk County Council (SCC) has been awarded £310,000 from the European Union to spearhead a group of European organisations which will improve the understanding of the best ways to keep 45 to 65-year-olds in good health.

The programme will develop and uncover innovative approaches to healthy ageing – learning from the best in Suffolk and Europe and sharing knowledge.

The initiative will include six Suffolk organisations as well as the SCC: Healthy Ambitions Suffolk Ltd, University Campus Suffolk, Suffolk Sport, Live Well Suffolk and NHS Suffolk.

The county council will work in partnership with organisations from Spain, Denmark, Germany and Italy and with three other organisations in the country – Demos, the think tank and research institute, The Design Council and Live Well UK.

The programme is being funded in recognition of the fact that people are living and working longer and facing more health challenges.

In the last decade, life expectancy in Suffolk has increased to an average of 79.6 years for men and 83.5 years for women.

Dr Amanda Jones, Suffolk’s acting director of public health, said: “We know that life expectancy is continuing to rise so it’s crucial that we make sure people have a good quality of life in their later years.

“Only one in five middle-aged adults in Suffolk do enough exercise to stay healthy and nearly one in four are clinically obese. If we are to ensure that we enjoy our later years it is critical that we have opportunities and support to stay healthy and active.”

Councillor Kathy Gosling, Suffolk County Council’s portfolio holder for sport, culture, diversity, health and wellbeing, said: “This is an exciting initiative which will mean Suffolk can actively explore ways of helping people to remain happy, healthy and able to participate in their communities.”

The drunk driver who drove at 124mph prior to the collision which killed 22-year-old beauty therapist Lauren Danks on the A11 had two previous convictions for dangerous and drink-driving.

Organises saw a very successful turnout to the event which allows passengers to express their opinions on public transport services in the area.

A man who groped women on buses in Colchester has been ordered to receive mental health treatment.

Heavenly Hair in Saxmundham has been named as a finalist in the Independent Salon - Business Newcomer category, sponsored by Sweet Squared, at the British Hairdressing Business Awards, hosted by Hairdressers Journal International.

A group of 49 aspiring doctors from schools across Suffolk and Essex got a hands-on look at what it takes to have a career in medicine.

Essex Police are appealing for information to help find a woman from Clacton who is wanted in connection with an attempted murder in the town.

The jury in the trial of two men accused of raping a woman after a night out in Lowestoft is expected to retire to consider its verdicts today (Thursday).

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24