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Join Mayor Marvin Rees in the big debate on local health and wellbeing

12 October 2016

Join Mayor Marvin Rees on Saturday 15 October to celebrate health and wellbeing in our city, at the community launch day of Bristol’s Healthy City Week 2016.

The Mayor will be joining a panel debate at 4pm at Wellspring Healthy Living Centre in Barton Hill, chaired by Elaine Flint, Chief Executive of Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, offering people the chance to ask questions and have their say to city leaders. Alongside the Mayor will be Cabinet Member for City Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Fi Hance, Councillor Asher Craig, Mohammed Elsharif of Bristol City Council’s public health team, local sustainable food champion Sid Sharma and James Cleeton, England Director South for Sustrans and a Director of Bristol Green Capital Partnership.

People can get involved in this discussion about the big health issues that are affecting their family and community. Lawrence Hill ward has the lowest life expectancy for men in Bristol and 41.9% of children in year 6 (10-11 year olds) are overweight or obese.

The debate is the culmination of the community launch day at Wellspring Healthy Living Centre and Barton Hill Settlement, which kicks off at 10am. The event is jam-packed with free activities supporting both physical and mental wellbeing, from dance classes to pottery and Somali weaving. There will also be practical workshops addressing energy efficiency and how cold homes impact on health, Dr Bike repair sessions, as well as stalls showcasing nature projects, Fair Trade produce and tips on reducing medicines waste. For those who need health advice, there will be experts on hand and drop-in health check appointments, as well as taster sessions for complementary therapies.

Children of all ages will be entertained with science workshops, bike rides, the Bristol Playbus and smoothie-making. And no-one will need to go hungry or thirsty as there will be free teas available all day, courtesy of Pukka Herbs, and a free three-course community meal laid on by Bristol Food Cycle at the Barton Hill Settlement from 2-4pm.

The Mayor, Marvin Rees, highlighted:

“One of my priorities is to help create a resilient, sustainable, clean and healthy city. The can only be achieved by working together across agencies and within communities, so it’s great to see initiatives such as Healthy City Week helping people build new connections across neighbourhoods.”

Ian Townsend, Chief Executive of Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC said:

“The linkages between our personal health and the health of our environment are at the heart of Healthy City Week. The community launch day offers an opportunity to bring those links to life. We’re offering these great activities in a part of our city that faces significant health challenges, so we hope many local people, as well as visitors from other parts of the city, will come along too and join the conversation about how we can all help to create a sustainable city with a high quality of life for all.”

Russell Thomas, Migrant Health Manager at Bristol Community Health, said:

“We’re delighted to be co-hosting this event. Our aim is to stimulate debate around our city’s strategy towards managing health, particularly for migrant communities. We’re looking forward to hearing from people who have experiences to share and ideas for how we can make things even better in the future.”
Join Mayor Marvin Rees in the big debate on local health and wellbeing
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