HEA1 (PP) - Addressing health inequalities, improving health literacy

This policy is part of the Plymouth Plan which was approved by Plymouth City Council Full councillors on 27/02/2017.

The city will reduce health inequalities and improve health literacy across all communities of interest, identity and geography and improve health and wellbeing in Plymouth by addressing its wider determinants. It will focus on the prevention of ill health and support people to gain the appropriate skills, knowledge, understanding and confidence to make choices that benefit their physical, mental and emotional health. It will achieve this by:

  1. Prioritising the promotion of health-enabling lifestyle choices and early detection of the health conditions most strongly related to health inequalities, namely;
    1. Encouraging a smoke-free Plymouth where future generations are protected from tobacco related harm and live longer and healthier lives through reducing the demand for and restricting the supply of illegal tobacco.
    2. Reducing alcohol related harm in Plymouth by providing support for children, young people, families and individuals who need it, and reducing the access and availability of alcohol to those most vulnerable.
    3. Changing attitudes towards alcohol by shifting the focus of the night time economy towards more cultural and sporting activities to create a safer more vibrant Plymouth.
    4. Promoting healthy weight and ensuring effective prevention, identification, early intervention and management of obesity in children and adults.
    5. Increasing everyday activity and participation of all sectors of the community in active lifestyles.
    6. Securing improvements in the oral health of both children and adults through innovative, evidence-based, city-wide programmes targeted at those communities in greatest need.
  2. Working to improve health literacy so that people can increase their health knowledge, build their confidence to assess health information in order to make judgements and take decisions about their health and wellbeing in everyday life.
  3. Working to prevent people misusing substances whilst ensuring that services focus on prevention and recovery from substance misuse.
  4. Promoting mental wellbeing, resilience and improved quality of life through improving the range and access to mental health and early intervention services, integrating physical and mental health care and becoming a Dementia Friendly City.
  5. Supporting healthy eating and improving access to good food through:
    1. Promoting access to food growing opportunities and allotments.
    2. Ensuring access to healthy catering at sporting, leisure and cultural facilities and events across the city.
    3. Using planning powers to protect the food environment within a 400 metre radius of providers of secondary education.
    4. Promoting breastfeeding throughout the city
  6. Supporting and sustaining a vibrant sports sector and creating excellent opportunities for physical activity through:
    1. Delivering programmes that realise the benefits of sport, walking and cycling and other physical activity, including providing pleasant and secure environments for active travel and improved opportunities for all sectors of the community.
    2. Using planning powers to safeguard the city's facilities that support opportunities for sport, physical activity and active leisure.