Introducing health beliefs
Throughout the spring and summer of 2019, Slough Borough Council conducted a community led research project to understand how people in Slough keep themselves and their loved ones healthy.
The aim of the project was to understand how residents of Slough kept themselves mentally and physically well, and how the council could support more people to have a healthy lifestyle.
The research team spoke to 1,600 local people aged 18-70 and used a mixture of focus groups and face-to-face surveys to gather a broad range of views from a variety of people.
The research uncovered some interesting results
• Around six in ten residents (59%) claimed to eat a meal prepared from scratch at least once per day, 42% suggested they have a takeaway less than once a week and 38% indicated they never eat a ready meal.
• 90% of residents would like to eat more healthily.
• 72% of residents agreed that they have at least an annual dental checkup and 90% of those with school aged children claimed the same for their children.
• 56% of residents have used at least one of the borough’s leisure facilities in the past.
• 76% of residents agreed that they find exercise enjoyable.
• 17% of residents are physically inactive (less than 30 minutes a week).
As well as general health topics, such as healthy eating and physical activity, the survey also covered sexual health, vaccinations, dental health and wellbeing. If you would like to read the full report, please visit: www.publichealthslough.co.uk/
Slough Borough Council is committed to helping residents lead healthier lifestyles. The results of this research will be used to shape and inform council services such as transport, planning and leisure, as well as our work with health and voluntary sector partners, to provide the right opportunities for health and wellbeing across the borough.