Hackney’s Healthier Together Team is celebrating being confirmed as finalists in a prestigious national award for public health excellence its Healthier Together Hackney programme.
The Royal Society for Public Health’s prestigious Health & Wellbeing Awards 2022 have highlighted GLL’s health project team in the ‘Healthier Lives’ category for its contribution to improving and protecting the public’s health. This event is the highlight of the public health calendar, celebrating best practice in programmes and projects, across communities and workplaces throughout the UK.
GLL’s Hackney Partnership Manager Katie Foulger said: “Hackney residents have high levels of obesity and inactivity but Healthier Together, funded by City and Hackney Public Health, offers free effective help and support for many to live more active lives and enjoy better health by using some of the borough’s first class sports and leisure facilities.
Hackney Council’s Director of Public Health, Dr Sandra Husbands said:
“We know that it can be difficult for residents to eat well and become active. That’s why City and Hackney Public Health team have funded free structured support across a range of sites in Hackney to help people to make healthy choices that can improve their physical and mental health, as well as making connections with other residents on the programme.”
Nominees underwent rigorous assessment from an expert panel of assessors who also looked at customer testimonials to measure the successful impact of the programme which has helped participants get active, lose weight and reduce the impact of chronic long term health conditions. View the video below for a closer look.
Healthier Together participant Shahanaz said: “This scheme has changed my life for the better. I have found activities I enjoy and have been getting fitter and stronger.”
Sasha said: “I am over the moon with my progress, a year after I finished the scheme, I have lost 10kg.”
The winners will be announced at a Gala Event in London’s Canary Wharf on Thursday 20 October 2022 hosted by TV’s Natasha Kaplinsky and in the presence of Public Health Minister Jane Ellison.