As Greater Manchester continues to look for new ways to improve the health and wellbeing of our 2.8 million people, a recent health survey and online conversation asked residents some key questions: why aren’t we, as a region, living the healthier lifestyles we know we should? What’s stopping us – and what can be done about it?
More than 6,000 people took part in the conversation, revealing the top barriers to taking charge of their health are confidence/self-belief, time and money to do it and places to be more active. The findings also revealed that there are six core types of people, regardless of age, race, background or whether they are seldom heard.
The majority of people in Greater Manchester are aware of how important it is to exercise and eat well and understand the risks of smoking and drinking. However, it remains a struggle to make improvements to our health. We are looking at what people have said stops them and the ideas they have to overcome these and using the results to help shape our future plans for health and social care in Greater Manchester.
To find out more and see our video of the findings visit Taking Charge Together website.