- Healthy eating is important too. Careful placemaking can give residents access to healthy ingredients. Home cooking is favoured over fast food takeaways for example too. And planning can restrict the number of fast food outlets within a certain distance of local schools.
- On to building design. 90% of our time is spent indoors in the buildings we occupy. So, the way we gather, socialise and enjoy quiet reflection all its part to play. By bringing people together the NHS Healthy Towns can build a real sense of community. And this is complemented by the street designs and landscaping.
- Whatever your age or ability, NHS Healthy Towns are planned to give everyone opportunities to enjoy healthy pastimes and outdoor pursuits. The key to such an inclusive community is to offer a wide range of things to do. Updates and social channels on smart phones can give people the latest information about opportunities available
- Health Services have a crucial role to play. It is no longer a reactive role. But a greater emphasis on helping people to stay well. This means understanding the community needs and anticipating conditions that community members may be most susceptible to.
Social prescribing, when healthcare services link more closely to community groups and local charities, can also impact on the wellbeing of residents.
- Integrated health centres offer a range of health services on a single site. This offers advice diagnosis and treatment with maximum convenience. One idea is to include a health and wellbeing campus. This would see health, leisure and GP services and more integrated in one building.
For more information about the NHS England Healthy New Towns Programme https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/innovation/healthy-new-towns/
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By respecting the legacy of the past and understanding the needs of the East Surrey community of the
present, we can realise an integrated placemaking vision of the future.