Malvern Hills District Council and Worcestershire County Council's Public Health team are working in partnership to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents, to ensure they are healthier, live longer and have a better quality of life. In order to achieve this there needs to be a greater emphasis on prevention, early intervention and early help.
Take the Digi-free Dinnertime Challenge
We have launched our Digi-free Dinnertime Challenge to encourage us all to come together with our loved ones at dinnertime, without any digital distractions.
What is the challenge?
Simply spend one meal-time without your phone, tablet or TV.
We know we are asking you to go device free at dinnertime and then to let us know how you get on by using your device, but we are keen to share your hints and tips for bringing your family together.
Why are we setting the challenge?
We surveyed over 1,200 11-17 year olds in the district about a range of topics including how they like to spend their time and what would improve their lives.
- 49% said that using their phone was their favourite way to spend their time whilst only 20% said that spending time with their family was their favourite way to spend their time.
- 67% said that less stress from school would improve their lives (especially for 15-16 year olds)
- 27% said that being listened to and better supported would improve their lives
Studies show that spending quality time with your family can help young people feel listened to, as well as strengthen relationships and improve wellbeing. We are setting a challenge for you to check in with each other at dinnertime, because dinnertime provides a great opportunity for you to all come together.
Read more about our survey and see the results here: www.malvernhills.gov.uk/youth
Here are some conversation starters
- Ask what the highlight of their day was
- Plan your next adventure together - maybe you will decide to take on the Malvern Hills end to end challenge as a family!
- Ask if they’re doing anything this weekend
- Ask if they have a bucket list
Here are some other ideas to make you meal-times more engaging
- Let your child pick a food theme for one day a week
- Get the whole family involved in making dinner – pizza night anyone?
- Plan an after dinner game
Need some more inspiration? Check out The Family Dinner Project’s conversation starters and dinner game ideas.
Malvern Hills District Health and Well-being Plan 2016-21
There are a number of key organisations that work in partnership to improve the health and wellbeing of residents known as the Malvern Hills District Health and Wellbeing Partnership. To deliver against the Worcestershire health and wellbeing priorities, we have developed the Malvern Hills District Health and Well-being Plan 2016-21 which is delivered by a number of partners.
Living Well for Longer Event
The Living Well for Longer event, as part of Malvern Hills and Wychavon Wellbeing Week, took place on Thursday 10 October, 10am-1pm at the Regal Cinema, Tenbury Wells, in support of World Mental Health Day. A number of local organisations were on hand to promote services and activities available in the area to help residents age well and live independently in their own homes for longer.
Help and Support
For information on a number of health and wellbeing topics such as mental health and healthy eating, please visit the Health and Wellbeing page on the Worcestershire County Council website.
Worcestershire Public Health e-newsletter
To find out what's happening in public health, both nationally and locally, read the Worcestershire Public Health E-Newsletter produced by Worcestershire County Council.
Melanie Whistance, Public Health Practitioner.