New wellbeing service launches with free online health check tool

Free health checker launched by YorWellbeing

Published Monday, 19th June 2017

A new wellbeing service for York residents will launches today with the aim of helping people live happier, healthier and more active lives.

The YorWellbeing service is led by City of York Council’s public health team and seeks to bring all the healthy living services together giving residents access to advice and support on healthy living.

As the new service launches residents are being encouraged to have a free health check online at https://www.yorwellbeing.org.ukThe health checks aim to tell people about their risk of preventable health conditions, help them learn about how lifestyle can influence risk and offer advice to live a healthier lifestyle.

People unable to go online are able to call the team on 01904 553377 for support and advice.

Those found to be at increased risk following the online assessment will be signposted to advice and, if eligible, will be offered a one to one appointment with the YorWellbeing team who can offer them personalised advice to help them live a healthier life.

There are many things that affect how healthy and well a person is and as well as the health check offer, working with communities the YorWellbeing service will:

  • provide advice and support on lifestyle factors such as healthy eating, exercise, alcohol and smoking
  • encourage positive lifestyle and behaviour changes
  • work to improve the health and wellbeing of York residents
  • work to reduce health inequalities across the city.

Councillor Carol Runciman, executive member for health and adult social care said: “The YorWellbeing service is all about helping residents of all ages across the city to live healthier lives and have easier access to advice and support. The service will see YorWellbeing officers in communities across the city to help reduce health inequalities and encourage everyone to live healthier, happier and more active lives.”

Fiona Phillips, assistant director for public health at City of York Council said: “We are delighted to be able to launch this service.  Our online health check tool is quick and easy and I would encourage residents to give it a go at https://www.yorwellbeing.org.uk.”

Support that is also being offered to residents as part of the service includes a community health champions scheme, stop smoking sessions and the Clifton falls prevention service.

On top of this the team is organising and supporting numerous events encouraging physical activity including the Acomb Fun Run and Acomb Family Triathlon this summer.

For more information on the YorWellbeing service or to take your health check visit https://www.yorwellbeing.org.uk.If you're unable to take a health check online please contact YorWellbeing team by emailing yorwellbeing@york.gov.uk or calling 01904 553377.

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