Health and well­be­ing at fore of part­ner­ship

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Health and well­be­ing is at the fore­front of a new part­ner­ship ini­tia­tive which is be­ing run between the county’s health board and South La­nark­shire Leisure and Cul­ture (SLLC).

The lo­cal author­ity has de­vel­oped a new way of plan­ning, de­liv­er­ing and mon­i­tor­ing its ser­vices while pro­vid­ing the great­est health and well­be­ing ben­e­fits for the com­mu­nity.

There is a grow­ing recog­ni­tion world­wide that tak­ing part in cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties such as at­tend­ing a show, visit­ing a li­brary or go­ing to a mu­seum can sup­port bet­ter well­be­ing.

Just like go­ing to the gym or tak­ing part in a sport and out­door ac­tiv­ity is good for peo­ple to pur­sue too.

With that in mind, SLLC has launched a Health Im­pact As­sess­ment (HIA) re­port which will help en­sure health con­sid­er­a­tions are em­bed­ded in how it plans and de­liv­ers the wide range of cul­ture, leisure and sport­ing ser­vices it now sup­ports.

An HIA takes what is known about how an ac­tiv­ity can im­pact on health and well­be­ing and ap­plies that knowl­edge to spe­cific set­tings, the re­sults then pro­vide ev­i­dence to help de­sign ser­vices to de­liver the great­est ben­e­fit for in­di­vid­u­als and the wider com­mu­nity.

SLLC worked in part­ner­ship with spe­cial­ists from the Scot­tish Health and Inequal­i­ties Im­pact As­sess­ment Net­work (SHIIAN) to con­duct and pro­duce SLLC’s Health Im­pact As­sess­ment Re­port.

Chair of South La­nark­shire Leisure and Cul­ture, Coun­cil­lor Hamish Ste­wart, said: “I think this project high­lights once again how much work and thought goes on be­hind the scenes at SLLC.

“I would en­cour­age peo­ple across South La­nark­shire to find out what is on of­fer in our venues and coun­try parks as they are sure to find some­thing that ap­peals.”

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