<ul><li>Tackling Childhood obesity. </li></ul><ul><li>Green Spaces to Healthy Places </li></ul><ul><li>The Dudley Healthy ...
Areas Covered <ul><li>Background and rationale </li></ul><ul><li>What we did </li></ul><ul><li>Initial Evaluation Results ...
Background and Rationale <ul><li>£30m National Pilot Programme </li></ul><ul><li>Prevention of Obesity – Environmental Cha...
Why parks, existing and potential? <ul><li>Barriers to activity </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of time </li...
What we did <ul><li>Environmental Tiers </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy Hub Concept </li></ul><ul><li>Active Travel Corridors </...
<ul><li>Environment tiers </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy hubs (specific local) </li></ul><ul><li>Active Corridors (wider genera...
Typical Hub Building New Build
Activity room
Unisex and disabled toilets with baby change facility
Covered outside space
Outdoor Gyms
Other infrastructure Cycle racks and CCTV
Other infrastructure new and improved play areas
Other infrastructure Signage and Information
Other infrastructure internal walking routes
Other infrastructure internal walking routes
Well used by all ages!
Active Corridors On road
Active Corridors On road
Active Corridors (Off road)
Active Corridors off road
Service Redesign <ul><li>Park Keeper  Park Ranger </li></ul><ul><li>Changed job focus ( people  and plants) </li></ul><ul>...
Is It working?
Evaluation What were our simple aims? <ul><li>More children and families more active over initial base line. </li></ul><ul...
Evaluation <ul><li>What people local to the parks (1.5km) told us (population surveys) </li></ul><ul><li>What people using...
<ul><li>Increases in general park usage </li></ul><ul><li>Improved rating of 5 park’s facilities </li></ul><ul><li>24,645 ...
‘ I feel healthier because I am outdoors and I am physically more active’.   (male aged 46) ‘ Nice to be able to be active...
What Next? <ul><li>Local/National Dissemination of learning </li></ul><ul><li>Programme sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>E...
Before and after. Mary Stevens Park
Before and after. Mary Stevens Park
Before and After. The Dell
Before and After. The Dell
Before and After Silver Jubilee Park
Before and After Silver Jubilee Park
Before and After. Netherton Park
Before and After. Netherton Park
Before and after. Huntingtree Park
Before and after. Huntingtree Park
The last word “ I started over the park in April 2010, I was overweight at 18.5 stone. My weight now is just under 13 ston...
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Tackling Childhood obesity; Green Spaces to Healthy Places - The Dudley Healthy Towns Story

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Presentation given by Dean Hill, Head of Healthy Towns, GSNF meeting - 1st Feb 2012

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Tackling Childhood obesity; Green Spaces to Healthy Places - The Dudley Healthy Towns Story

  1. 1. <ul><li>Tackling Childhood obesity. </li></ul><ul><li>Green Spaces to Healthy Places </li></ul><ul><li>The Dudley Healthy Towns Story </li></ul><ul><li>Dean Hill Public Health Dudley, Head of Healthy Towns </li></ul><ul><li>01384 321928 [email_address] </li></ul>
  2. 2. Areas Covered <ul><li>Background and rationale </li></ul><ul><li>What we did </li></ul><ul><li>Initial Evaluation Results </li></ul><ul><li>What next? </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background and Rationale <ul><li>£30m National Pilot Programme </li></ul><ul><li>Prevention of Obesity – Environmental Change </li></ul><ul><li>Why Parks? Our approach </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership/existing Activity </li></ul><ul><li>A borough wide initiative </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why parks, existing and potential? <ul><li>Barriers to activity </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of time </li></ul><ul><li>Not the sporty type </li></ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><li>Transport </li></ul><ul><li>Personal safety </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of welcoming facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Potential of Parks </li></ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Local, can be accessed quickly </li></ul><ul><li>People don’t have to be sporty </li></ul><ul><li>Within 15mins of home/work </li></ul><ul><li>On site staff </li></ul><ul><li>Welcoming facility </li></ul>
  5. 5. What we did <ul><li>Environmental Tiers </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy Hub Concept </li></ul><ul><li>Active Travel Corridors </li></ul><ul><li>Service Reform </li></ul><ul><li>Wider buy in </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Environment tiers </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy hubs (specific local) </li></ul><ul><li>Active Corridors (wider general) </li></ul><ul><li>Service reform </li></ul><ul><li>(Borough wide and sustainable) </li></ul>Healthy Towns
  7. 7. Typical Hub Building New Build
  8. 8. Activity room
  9. 9. Unisex and disabled toilets with baby change facility
  10. 10. Covered outside space
  11. 11. Outdoor Gyms
  12. 12. Other infrastructure Cycle racks and CCTV
  13. 13. Other infrastructure new and improved play areas
  14. 14. Other infrastructure Signage and Information
  15. 15. Other infrastructure internal walking routes
  16. 16. Other infrastructure internal walking routes
  17. 17. Well used by all ages!
  18. 18. Active Corridors On road
  19. 19. Active Corridors On road
  20. 20. Active Corridors (Off road)
  21. 21. Active Corridors off road
  22. 22. Service Redesign <ul><li>Park Keeper Park Ranger </li></ul><ul><li>Changed job focus ( people and plants) </li></ul><ul><li>Changed JD and person specification </li></ul><ul><li>Changed working practices </li></ul><ul><li>Impact on staff </li></ul>
  23. 23. Is It working?
  24. 24. Evaluation What were our simple aims? <ul><li>More children and families more active over initial base line. </li></ul><ul><li>An Increase in Parks/ Hub usage over baseline </li></ul><ul><li>Increased perceptions of safety in and around the Hubs. </li></ul><ul><li>An increase over baseline of numbers of children and families walking and cycling. </li></ul><ul><li>An increased awareness and understanding of the </li></ul><ul><li>Change 4 Life messages. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Evaluation <ul><li>What people local to the parks (1.5km) told us (population surveys) </li></ul><ul><li>What people using the parks told us (visitor and gym surveys, comment book) </li></ul><ul><li>What local school children told us (Qwizdom) </li></ul><ul><li>Measurables (attendance/park use observation figures) </li></ul><ul><li>(National evaluation – process) </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Increases in general park usage </li></ul><ul><li>Improved rating of 5 park’s facilities </li></ul><ul><li>24,645 structured attendances Sept 2010 – Sept 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in play week attendances. </li></ul><ul><li>Increased visits to park, especially children </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Activity levels up (outdoor gym a key feature) </li></ul><ul><li>Walking levels increased. </li></ul><ul><li>Little impact to date on active transport </li></ul><ul><li>Perceptions of daytime safety improved (but not primary school children) </li></ul><ul><li>Positive shift in Change 4 Life awareness. </li></ul><ul><li>Reported increase in confidence to manage own weight </li></ul><ul><li>Site by site differences </li></ul><ul><li>On site staff are critical </li></ul>Is it Working? Some Initial Findings
  27. 27. ‘ I feel healthier because I am outdoors and I am physically more active’. (male aged 46) ‘ Nice to be able to be active with the whole family’. (male aged 41) ‘ It has inspired me to generally lose weight and spend more time with my kids’ ( female aged 34) ‘ I go with my husband and daughter. She sees mum and dad being active and it encourages her also to be active. She goes on to the park and also socialises with other children which is great. We can all keep fit now and it doesn’t cost a penny’. (female aged 27) ‘ Single person can get out more, mixing with other people of all ages in a friendly environment’. (female aged 55). ‘ I can use this now for free instead of paying for the gym’ ‘ I think it’s great, I only came over with the baby and now I’ve done a workout, I really think its brilliant’  ‘ I use it because it keeps me healthy, it’s free and I can’t afford to use other gyms. It’s really good because I think people of all ages will now be able to get fit outdoors and people can also strengthen their muscles’ ‘ Is it Working? User Comments
  28. 28. What Next? <ul><li>Local/National Dissemination of learning </li></ul><ul><li>Programme sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Embed into core business </li></ul>
  29. 29. Before and after. Mary Stevens Park
  30. 30. Before and after. Mary Stevens Park
  31. 31. Before and After. The Dell
  32. 32. Before and After. The Dell
  33. 33. Before and After Silver Jubilee Park
  34. 34. Before and After Silver Jubilee Park
  35. 35. Before and After. Netherton Park
  36. 36. Before and After. Netherton Park
  37. 37. Before and after. Huntingtree Park
  38. 38. Before and after. Huntingtree Park
  39. 39. The last word “ I started over the park in April 2010, I was overweight at 18.5 stone. My weight now is just under 13 stone. My daily activity on the park now lasts between 1-2 hours. I do health walks and have been trained as a walk leader and have introduced my own routes. I must say that since coming on the park I have never felt so fit in all my life, I’ve lost about 5.5 stone in weight and feel like I can do just about anything”
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