Healthy Places and Communities

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Air Quality

Air pollution is associated with a range of health conditions, in particular respiratory and cardiovascular conditions. Air quality is everyone’s responsibility and business. This is reflected in the council’s approach. Public Health are part of a Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council steering group which helps shape the work we do around air quality.

Air quality is high on Public Health England’s agenda, for more information please see the Public Health Matters blog.


Better Health at Work Award

The Better health at Work Award recognises the efforts of employers who address health issues within the workplace. The award scheme is free, flexible and open to all employers in the North East and Cumbria, regardless of size, location or type of business. Many organisations already promote healthy lifestyles and consider the health of their employees; this award will recognise this achievement and help organisations move forward in a structured way.

If you are interested in the Better Health at Work Award, please contact the team on 01642 528474.


Warm Homes Healthy People

Winter can be a particularly difficult time for those having trouble heating their homes. Please see our Warm Homes Healthy People page for more information. 

Although the service described above is not available during the summer months, we recognise that support for affordable warmth is often still required.

If you, or someone you know, requires advice and guidance then please contact Stockton District Advice and Information Service (the Citizens Advice Bureau) on 01642 633877 or visit the Stockton District Advice and Information Service website.

If you require Emergency Heating outside at any time please contact Cleveland Fire on their 24 hours contact helpline on 01429 874063.


Help with household repairs and maintenance

You can get help with minor adaptions and small DIY tasks in the home provided by the Council's Home Improvement Agency to help you stay in your home. Please visit the Stockton Information Directory to find out more.


Physical Activity

Physical activity is an essential building block for living a healthy life. Physical activity can improve mental wellbeing, reduce stress, increase fitness and be a great way to meet new people. With growing rates of obesity across all ages it is more important than ever to increase the number of people who are physically active. There is a wide variety of physical activity opportunities for all groups and ages across the whole of the Borough. 

Sporting Chance: This project delivers a broad range of free activities for older men; including football sessions, circuit training, healthy cooking classes, aquasize, Nordic walking, weight management classes and reminiscence sessions. In an evaluation of the service, 100% of respondents felt happier in themselves, 98% made new friends, 83% had begun to eat a healthier diet, 75% lost weight and 42% visited the doctor less frequently.

The Hub: The UK’s first active travel and cycle parking centre. They offer free information and advice on all aspects of cycling and walking, with regular guided rides and walks, and training courses on cycle maintenance and on road cycling.

Tees Active: A leading charitable trust providing sport, leisure and wellbeing services to communities in partnership with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council. This includes the area’s leisure centres and swimming pools, and Tees Barrage International White Water Centre.

Visit the NHS Better Health, Get Active webpage for tools, tips and special offers to help you move more everyday.


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