Health – the story so far
The Healthy New Towns Programme ran from April 2016 until April 2019 and was led by NHS England and included 10 new communities across England including Ebbsfleet Garden City.
The objectives of the programme included reducing childhood obesity, helping people to eat more healthily, improving access to green spaces and waterways, and reducing health inequalities.
A partnership was formed between Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group, Kent County Council and Canterbury Christ Church University and has focused on:
Collaborating to develop a new model of local health care, focused on a health and wellbeing hub
Promoting healthier lifestyles through the design of the built environment
Events and projects to support the established and new communities to live healthier lives.
Several projects emerged from the programme some of which still run today.
Read about the Edible Ebbslfeet scheme, which is very popular, here
There have been many outcomes of this work including people having their fitness monitored via the ‘Better Points’ programme, in 2018 the first walking and cycling route was completed and in July, August and October 2019 a number of Health Walks were organised.
You can read more about the programme here
And you can read more about the findings of this programme here