THE BIG CONVERSATION: DIET, EXERCISE AND KIDS’ HEALTH TOP THE CHARTS WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH PRIORITIES FOR OLDHAM PATIENTS
More than 500 Oldham residents have shared their views about their experiences of health and social care as part of the Oldham Cares ‘Big Conversation’ Survey.
And it’s been revealed that improving their diet, getting more exercise and teaching the next generation to harness life-long, healthy habits are the top three areas identified by respondents as their top three priorities.
Nearly 70 per cent* of people who took part in the Big Conversation Survey, which ran from 6 August to 31 October, said that becoming more active was the most important change they could make to their health and wellbeing. Almost 60 per cent* said that eating more healthily would be their top priority, and a total of 40 per cent* of people claimed that teaching the next generation about healthy lifestyles would be the way they’d seek to make a difference.
As well as focusing on nutrition, physical activity and teaching young people about health and wellbeing, the survey also showed that almost 30 per cent* of participants felt taking proactive steps to improve their mental health was important, 22 per cent* believed that drinking less alcohol should be a focus for them, and just over 20 per cent* felt that reaching out to members of the local community who might be feeling isolated was a priority.
Sixteen per cent* of respondents said that using services more appropriately would be something they would consider to be important, 17 per cent* of people felt that taking part in community events would be a priority and just over 9 per cent* cited volunteering as a potential option when it came to improving their health and wellbeing.
Info graphic with results breakdown below