New-look website to boost health in Somerset

A NEW-LOOK website aims to boost the health of people in Somerset.

The site – – has been launched by the Public Health team at Somerset Council, offering a raft of help and advice for people of all ages.

Free resources range from nutrition tips to mental health support and information on maintaining good health.

The refreshed site breaks down services and support to represent the ages and stages of life from the ‘best start in life’ (0-5 yrs), through to ‘starting well’ (5-18 yrs), to ‘living well’ (18-65 yrs) and ‘ageing well’ (65+).

It also holds information for professionals, including the local Public Health training offer for staff working in health and care, workplace health, and local data and intelligence for Somerset.

Councillor Adam Dance, executive member for public health, equality and diversity at the council, said: “Our health is determined by many things; our lifestyles and everyday habits, the environment we live in and our social circumstances.

“We can all help to improve our own health and the health of others around us.

“This website has been designed to be easy to use for different audiences to find relevant public health information to support living a healthier lifestyle.

“There is lots of information on services available to support a range of needs, as well as top tips and guidance around lifestyle changes that can help prevent serious illnesses occurring.”

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