A four-year strategy for health and wellbeing was approved by the council’s executive at last night’s meeting. 

The council says the aims of the strategy are to “drive positive change” by reducing health inequalities and “improving the health of people” who live, work and study in the borough. 

Alongside the NHS, residents and community sector organisations, the council outlined six areas of priority, which include supporting the physical and emotional health of children, promoting mental health, creating opportunities, keeping residents safe from infectious diseases, improving lives with good health and securing funds for local and national health and wellbeing priorities.

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The chair of the health and wellbeing board and executive member for health, Councillor Dale Birch, said: “Our priority is to make sure Bracknell Forest remains a healthy place to live, work and study. 

“Our Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the next four years will focus on improving emotional and mental health, supporting people to be physically healthy, tackling loneliness and helping the community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The Health and Wellbeing Board worked with a range of organisations and residents to agree this strategy, it is based on real life experiences and as a result will help target real health issues within the borough.”