After a tough selection process Portsmouth was chosen as one of nine ‘healthy towns’ in the country, securing £3.1 million of funding to help us be more active and eat healthier. We were successful because we showed that achieving a healthy weight for all is a local priority and we are committed to creating a 'healthy town' and reducing health inequalities in Portsmouth.
Maintaining a healthy weight is key to health and quality of life. The increase in obesity is one of the most important public health threats facing the people of Portsmouth. By making healthy choices easier, especially with physical activity and diet, we can reduce the rise in obesity and improve quality of life.
Healthy Pompey makes it easier for you to make small changes that will make a big difference. We have created, new innovative projects and expanded successful schemes already running across the city to make it easy and fun for you, your family and friends to have a healthy and happy future. Healthy Pompey offers:
- Food & Health – helping you to enjoy good food and be active as part of a healthy lifestyle
- Active Travel– all the help you need to get biking and walking
- City Growing– support to grow your own fruit and veg
- Community Cafés– eat well when you’re out and about with Yellow Kite
It’s already begun! Take a look at the site to see what we've been up to and what's been happening. It's never too late to get involved though so take that first step and see how you can start making changes to your life. The programme runs from 2009-10 but many of the projects will leave a health legacy beyond that.
We are proud to have a range of delivery and funding partners that play a fundamental role in supporting Healthy Pompey. Portsmouth City Council and Portsmouth NHS are working with a range of local organisations to provide you with the best service possible to improve your health and lifestyle.
You've already taken the first step just by visiting this website! Take the time to have a look around the site and find out what's going on in your area and feel free to download the resources provided to help you make small changes that will make a big difference. Don't forget to join Change4Life to get your free welcome pack full of useful tips and tools to get you started on your journey to a healthier life.
Q7: I've got some information about a great local opportunity that could help Portsmouth residents improve their lifestyle. How can I get it on this website?
That's great news! We're always looking for new initiatives to promote to Portsmouth residents. Use our contact page to drop us a line and tell us what's happening near you.
Only time will tell. We will be actively evaluating all our initiatives by collecting and analysing data and canvassing opinion on all aspects of Healthy Pompey. This is an on-going process but we'll be sure to feedback to the community about the success of the project and what we aim to do in the future.
Add this site to your favourites and check back regularly for updates. Make sure you visit our news and events page to find out what's happening locally and use our search facility to find out if any new clubs/activities/events are happening near you. Don't forget to join Change4Life because they'll provide you with regular e-mails and everyday tips to help you make healthy changes to.