Our Public Health service consists of several teams responsible for delivering the following statutory functions:
- Environmental Health, (see Environment and Food safety and hygiene)
- Private Sector Housing
The work carried out by these teams is essential to ensure the health and safety of residents, visitors and workers in Mid Devon.
We strive to undertake our duties in a fair, consistent and equitable manner by requiring individuals, organisations and businesses to fulfil their legal responsibilities. We achieve this using a combination of approaches as set out in our Public Health Enforcement Policy.
We protect and improve the health, safety and wellbeing of people in Mid Devon, and reduce health inequalities. We achieve this by:
- Supporting the most vulnerable people
- Targeting the highest risk activities
- Helping the public so they can protect and improve their own health
- Delivering high-quality and value for money services that meet the needs of the community
- Supporting economic growth through compliance advice and the principles of Better Business for All
- Developing and supporting our staff to have the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities
Mid Devon Public Health projects
We are a member of the ECO Stars scheme. ECO Stars is a fuel management and operational efficiency support program, designed as a measure for local authorities to improve local air quality by reducing emissions from heavy duty vehicles including bus and HGV fleets. To find out more visit the ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme website.
Walking Football is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game aimed at those who are 50+ years and is a great way to keep fit. Public health services have partnered with Age UK Mid Devon, Exeter City Football Club, Active Devon and Mid Devon District Leisure Centres to set up a Walking Football programs in Mid Devon at the following locations:
|Mondays 7:30pm to 8:30pm||-||Culm Valley Sports Centre, Cullompton|
|Wednesdays 7:00pm to 8:00pm||-||Lords Meadow Leisure Centre, Crediton|
|Thursdays 11:30am to 12:30pm||-||Magelake Parish Pavilion, Uffculme|
Mental Health Toolkit
A new resource commissioned by Devon County Public Health has been produced by Exeter CVS (Council for Voluntary Service).
Active Start Scheme – Exercise on Referral from GPs or health professionals
A new 12 week program to help you improve your physical fitness is now available through your GP or health professional. The Active Start scheme provides specialised, supervised exercise sessions for anyone whose fitness and health conditions can be improved by regular exercise.
The program is being offered at a special introductory discounted monthly price or pay as you go reduced rates.
It is suitable for a wide range of people and conditions, including those who may not have exercised before, or not for a very long time. Examples of conditions include: high blood pressure, diabetes, mental health issues and arthritis.
For more details please contact one of the Mid Devon Leisure Centres or see your GP or health professional.
Culm Valley Sports Centre Tel: 01884 234320
Exe Valley Leisure Centre Tel: 01884 234900
Lords Meadow Leisure Centre Tel: 01884 234970
Public Health England Publications
New Public Health England data reveals we are eating less salt but still a third more than we should. Restaurant, café and takeaway food outlets need to do more to reduce salt, for more information see GOV.UK - New PHE data on salt consumption levels.
A healthy diet should now include more fruit, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates, and fewer sugary foods and drinks according to GOV.UK - New Eatwell Guide.
Sugar Reduction – The evidence for action report details a review of the evidence on interventions to help the nation reduce their sugar consumption.
- ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme
- Age UK Mid Devon
- Exeter City Football Club
- Active Devon
- Exeter CVS
- Public Health England
- GOV.UK - New PHE data on salt consumption levels
- GOV.UK - New Eatwell Guide
- BBC - How much sugar do we eat?
- BBC - Sugar tax on soft drinks
- BBC - Deadly diabetes in 'unrelenting march'
- BBC - What should we be eating?