At the recent launch of the new Total Wellbeing Luton service at Hightown Community centre, Active Luton’s Director of Health and Community Wellbeing, Matt Corder, invited the new staff to write on Post It notes what ‘Total Wellbeing’ meant to them. Some of the most popular contributions are pictured below.
The aim of the Total Wellbeing service is to combine emotional and physical wellbeing in one service – a pioneering idea for Luton as it’s the first service of its kind across the UK.
Rates of inactivity, obesity, long terms conditions and smoking in Luton are above average and there are also pockets of deprivation where rates of emotional and mental health problems are also high. The new service aims to really make a different to the lives of Luton’s residents by taking a holistic approach to improving health and wellbeing, and recognising that mental and physical health are closely linked and both equally important to improving quality of life.
The ‘Healthy Lives’ aspect of Total Wellbeing is run by Active Luton and offers the following programmes:
- Adult and child weight management
- Smoking cessation
- Physical activity for long term conditions
- NHS Health Checks (for ages 40-70)
Programmes are offered in Active Luton centres and other community-based locations and are mostly available on self referral here. Alternatively, you can talk to your GP about what’s available and they can recommend what’s best for you. ‘Social prescription’ is another programme which GPs can refer you to – in a similar way to prescribing a medication, social prescription is a range of community services that can help with a wide range of problems including social isolation and depression or anxiety.
The main thing is that programmes are flexible around individual needs and circumstances – the common thread being an aspiration for a healthier, happier and more active Luton.