Author Archives: Gill Ohlson

Smokefree pregnancies ‘on the up’ thanks to Mums2Be Smokefree

Somerset mums are having healthier pregnancies and ‘smokefree’ lives thanks to the support they receive during and after their pregnancy. Last year was a record breaking year for the Mums2Be Smokefree service (M2Bs), with 504 women using the Somerset County Council funded service to support their attempt to quit smoking, and 292 (58%) of them […]

Somerset: Our County Joint Strategic Needs Assessment 2017 – Ageing Well

Social contact and independence are key to ageing well according to the latest snap-shot of health and wellbeing in Somerset. This year’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) carried out by the County Council’s Public Health team looks in detail at the issue of ageing well and highlights the importance of maintaining good health, social contacts […]

Somerset celebrates launch of Infant Feeding and Nutrition Strategy (World Breastfeeding Week 2017)

Somerset County Council is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2017 (1-7th August) with the launch of a Somerset Infant Feeding and Nutrition Strategy. The strategy aims to provide information and support to families to help increase the number of women who breastfeed and support those who breastfeed already to do so for longer. The new Somerset […]

County Hall shines a light on The Samaritans 24/7

County Hall in Taunton shone a ‘shining a light’ on the great work of The Samaritans in preventing suicide this week. The historic building shone a green solar light on Monday night (24th July ) to show support for the ‘round the clock’ work The Samaritans carry out to prevent suicide. The charity’s national 24/7 […]

Let’s celebrate 10 years Smokefree

Somerset smokers are asked to seize the moment and mark the 10th anniversary of pubs, clubs and workplaces becoming ‘smokefree’ by law by quitting this July. Since the ban lots of measures have been introduced to reduce smoking rates which have roughly halved in Somerset in 10 years. Nationally the smoking rate was 24 per […]

Take time to prevent an injury

Somerset County Council and partners are urging parents to take simple steps to keep their children safe from danger to mark this year’s National Child Safety Week (5 to 11 June 2017). In Somerset during 2015 there were 1,078 emergency hospital admissions of children aged 0-14 years, as a result of injuries. The top five […]

National Child Measurement Programme underway

Children in 216 Somerset primary schools are taking part in the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) this year. A full 100 per cent of the County’s primary schools have chosen to take part in the nationwide initiative which aims to help reduce childhood obesity. Parents of Reception and Year 6 children will receive letters about […]

Protect your child in the sun

Somerset County Council is encouraging parents and carers to protect children from the harmful effects of the sun at home or abroad this summer. Exposing children to too much sun may significantly increase their risk of skin cancer later in life. Covering up, staying in the shade and using sunscreen are the best ways to […]

Somerset Dementia Collection expands

A popular collection of books which focus on dementia is expanding to appear in a further five libraries across Somerset. Launching during Dementia Awareness Week (14th to 20th May), the increased collection makes the books and the accompanying ‘Books on Prescription for Dementia’ series even more accessible to Somerset residents. There will now be ten […]

Smile! It’s National Smile Month

Somerset County Council is supporting this year’s National Smile Month (May 15 – June 15) which is raising awareness of the value of a healthy smile and the importance of good oral health to maintain it. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, affecting more than one in four five year-olds and […]