Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 22.08.03Residents in the East Shields and Whitburn areas of South Tyneside can find out more about the health and wellbeing of the Borough when their local community area forum meets on Thursday 31 March.

Forum members will receive a presentation about the key issues for residents’ health including life limiting illnesses, drinking to excessive levels, smoking during pregnancy and unhealthy weight.

The presentation will also highlight the benefits of developing the work underway with communities to tackle these challenges through improving local residents’ health and wellbeing.

Councillor Neil Maxwell, Chairman of the East Shields and Whitburn Community Area Forum, said: “The health and wellbeing of our residents is a key priority for the Council. When considering ways to improve and protect the Borough’s wellbeing it is necessary to appreciate and understand the impact that communities have and the role they can play to help address key health issues.

“Many of our residents are involved in a range of activities that improve health and wellbeing from participating in local events such as the Great North Run and our summer and Christmas programme of events, as well as taking advantage of the Borough’s many parks and green open spaces, its leisure centres and coastline to keep active.

“This is a great opportunity for residents to come along and find out more about the health and wellbeing of the Borough’s population as well as how developing community led approaches can help improve residents’ overall health.”

Members of the press and public are welcome to attend the meeting, which takes place at 6pm, onThursday 31 March, at St Gregory’s Church Hall, South Shields.