Published: Thursday, 12th April 2018

The Chief Executive of Public Health England has praised Medway Council’s Public Health services.

Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England, paid an official visit to Medway for the second time in four years last month. He met with the council’s Director of Public Health James Williams and discussed a range of topics including Medway’s ambitious regeneration plans and the steps the council is taking to improve and protect residents’ health.

Mr Selbie also spoke to a number of local residents who described the support they had received from Medway Council’s Public Health services. One resident spoke about how the council’s A Better Medway service supported him to lose weight. In 2012 he weighed 32 stone, but, with the support of the council’s weight management services, he now weighs 12 stone. Another resident, who is living with vascular dementia, told Mr Selbie about the support he is currently receiving to live well with Dementia. 

Mr Selbie was briefed about Medway Council’s Smokefree Advice Centre in Railway Street, Chatham, which is the first Dementia Friendly shop in Chatham High Street. The council’s Public Health team worked with the Dementia Action Alliance, and followed guidance from the Alzheimer’s Society, to achieve Dementia Friendly status. 

Mr Selbie also handed out four awards to A Better Medway Champions who had successfully completed their training. The champions promote public health initiatives and information in their local communities.

Duncan Selbie, said: “It was great to meet residents of Medway and hear about the positive impact that being healthier is having on their lives."

“Medway has made great progress since my last visit in 2014 and it is evident that the public’s health is firmly embedded across the work of whole of the Council and CCG.”

Cllr David Brake, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder in Charge of Public Health, said: “It was fantastic to welcome the Chief Executive of Public Health England to Medway. We have excellent public health initiatives and we are working with local residents and partner agencies to encourage the people of Medway to live healthier lifestyles.”

Medway Council’s Director of Public Health, James Williams, said: “All of our A Better Medway initiatives aim to help Medway residents live longer and healthier lives. We are committed to offering support and advice to residents to help them improve their health and wellbeing.  I’m pleased Duncan took time out of his busy schedule to visit Medway as it gave us the chance to showcase all of our fantastic services.”

For information and advice on how to live a healthier lifestyle visit www.abettermedway.co.uk

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