Cycling & Health in the East Midlands. Helen Ross Senior Public Health Manager Dept of Health – East Midlands. Summary of session. Presentation - Cycling and Health Changes in the Health Service Why is cycling important to health? What is happening in the region to promote good practice?
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Senior Public Health Manager
Dept of Health – East Midlands
'development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’ *
Building energy use 24%
NHS carbon footprint1
21 million tonnes CO2e
1 England. NHS Sustainable Development Unit 2010
Obesity is growing at an alarming rate, with a significant impact on individuals, the NHS & society as a whole
By 2050, 60% of men and 50% of women could be clinically obese
Successful health organisations in 2050 will;-
Estimated 5% of all journeys on road are NHS related
Bus routes, bike routes, covered and secured bike racks near doors, showers, drying rooms and lockers….
Walking, cycling, eating locally grown fruit and vegetables, eating less red meat are both good for health and good for the environment.
Source: Active Travel Survey
Consideration of ‘Human Health’ is a legal requirement in a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and a health impact assessment (HIA) is an integral part of a SEA to identify and inform health issues in Plans.
Undertaking an HIA should provide an evidence base to help the decision making process in developing effective Local Transport Plans, and to mitigate the negative effects on health and well‑being
In addition, it should help:
● secure consistency between the Local Transport Plan and work associated with Sustainable Community Strategies and Local Area Agreements;
● coordinate the public health concerns in respect of air quality, noise and climate change;
● contribute to the wider agenda relating to quality of life and reducing health inequalities.
Local transport authorities are required to consult such others as they consider appropriate. This could include GPs, Primary Care Trusts, Hospitals, NHS Trusts
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The Department of Health Physical Activity web pages can be found at: http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/publichealth/healthimprovement/physicalactivity/index.htm
Foresight Report http://www.foresight.gov.uk/OurWork/ActiveProjects/Obesity/KeyInfo/Index.asp
Fair Society Healthy Lives: -The Marmot Review – Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post 2010 – february 2010 ISBN 978–0–9564870–0–1
Good Corporate Citizenship Assessment Model - Sustainable Development Commission; –www.corporatecitizen.nhs.uk
Government policy on cycling is found at: A sustainable future for cycling
Cycling England usefully collates data at: http://www.dft.gov.uk/cyclingengland/site/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/cycling_ and_health_full_report.pdf
NICE (2008) Guidance on the promotion and creation of physical environments that support increased levels of physical activity: http://www.nice.org.uk/Guidance/PH8
Cycle Touring Club collects health data at: http://www.ctc.org.uk/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabID=4629
Information on the Health Impact Assessments can be found at: http://hiagateway.org.uk/
Active Travel Strategy the successful results of the first round of cycle
What can you do to make it easy for more people to cycle safely more often?