Improved health and wellbeing and how we create a healthier Scotland is not just something that applies to medical practitioners and the NHS, we all have our part to play in creating a healthier country.
Last Tuesday I attended an International Health and Wellbeing conference in Glasgow, which focused on the importance of the early years , and embedding health and wellbeing across learning. The conference covered all areas of health and wellbeing, including mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing; physical education, physical activity and sport, relationships, sexual health and parenthood; substance misuse; food and health and planning for choices and change.
I also took the opportunity to launch the recently released infographics on UK physical activity statistics. These statistics demonstrate very clearly the UK Chief Medical Officers Guidelines on the amount of physical activity adults and older adults are encouraged to do. By just increasing our physical activity and taking a few simple steps we can make a dramatic impact on both our physical and mental health.
It was encouraging to see and hear from so many people who were keen to share their views and opinions on what a healthier Scotland will look like and how together we can make this happen.
The national conversation on creating a healthier Scotland is running until April 2016 and gives you the opportunity to have your voice heard on what matters to you when thinking about your health and wellbeing – and how we can make changes to improve Scotland’s future. You can get involved by either attending one of the many engagement events that will be running over the coming months or by getting in touch with us by email, post or joining the conversation on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
I hope that together we can encourage a national conversation about what matters most and how we can explore what services should look like 10-15 years from now.
Guest post by Chief Medical Officer for Scotland – Dr Catherine Calderwood MA Cantab. MBChB MRCOG FRCP Edin