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This factsheet compiles up-to-date key information and data about obesity and its determinants in an easily readable format. The data factsheets will be a useful resource for policy makers, practitioners and anyone with an interest in obesity. They will be updated regularly. The latest factsheet can be downloaded by clicking here: Data Factsheet: Adult Weight

The physical activity return on investment tool has been developed to help decision making in physical activity programme planning at local and sub-national levels.

The tool enables the user to evaluate a portfolio of interventions in their geographical area (e.g. region, county or local authority) and models the economic returns that can be expected in different payback timescales. The different interventions included in the tool can be mixed and matched to see which intervention portfolio or package provides the best 'value for money', compared with 'no package of interventions' or any other specified package.

This resource can be accessed by clicking here: bit.ly/1nxXyKy

The alcohol use return on investment tool has been developed to help decision making on interventions and strategies to prevent and reduce alcohol use at local and sub-national levels.

The tool enables the user to evaluate a portfolio of interventions in their geographical area (e.g. region, county or local authority) and models the economic returns that can be expected in different payback timescales. The different interventions included in the tool can be mixed and matched to see which intervention portfolio or package provides the best 'value for money', compared with 'no package of interventions' or any other specified package.

This resource can be accessed by clicking here: bit.ly/1lJpW1g

The NICE tobacco return on investment tool has been developed to help decision making in tobacco control at local and sub-national levels.

The tool evaluates a portfolio of tobacco control interventions and models the economic returns that can be expected in different payback timescales. Different interventions, including pharmacotherapies and support and advice, can be mixed and matched to see which intervention portfolio or package provides the best 'value for money', compared with 'no-services' or any other specified package.

This resource can be accessed by clicking here: bit.ly/VONdCE

The report recommends the following:
• Ensuring licensing powers are more effective and used consistently.
• Putting the right services in place to protect victims of domestic abuse.
• Supporting public health activity to reduce the levels of drinking across the whole local population with a focus on education.

The Director of Public Health's Annual Report 2013, produced by Bolton Council's Public Health Team with a foreword by Director of Public Health in Bolton Wendy Meredith, focuses on four particular aspects of public health: demographics and health need; integrated health and wellbeing services; health protection and health improvement. It reflects on ‘The Health of Bolton’ back in 1972 when public health, led by Dr. Alistair Ross, was last in the Local Authority.  It compares this to present day (highlighting successes) whilst identifying future opportunities which working in Bolton Council will bring to improve the health and well-being of the people of Bolton.

If you are interested in finding out more about the history of public health in Bolton, The History Centre (located in The Crescent on le Mans Crescent) have archives dating back to the 1890's! More information on how to access the resources can be found here: bit.ly/1zEhBwg

This North West Research Collaboration has resulted in the development of a core indicator set, which provide key data for the North West LEP areas and their constituent local authority areas, covering:

  • Demography;
  • Skills;
  • Sustainable Economy;
  • Future Outlook;
  • Health & Well Being; and
  • Quality of Life.

The most recent datasets are available for download here (461kb)

In addition to the data above, information on the following environmental indicators is available by clicking on the links below:

The following reports also provide useful information on the environment, looking at waste crime across the UK and sustainable businesses:

To find out more about the work of New Economy, please click here: bit.ly/1s9eafA

This new strategy further develops the previous Alcohol Strategy (2006-10) and readdresses issues relating to health prevention, licensing and enforcement alongside the need to rebalance the town centre offer so that it is welcoming to everyone.

Following analysis and engagement with key partners, Bolton’s Alcohol Strategy has been developed. While three strands with specific areas of focus have been identified, the emphasis has been on working together on these already interconnected areas and avoiding duplication. The three priority strands are as follows:

  1. Health and Prevention – have an effective local approach that promotes safer drinking and raises awareness of the harms to health caused by excessive alcohol use, supported by effective treatment and support services.
  2. Town Centre – ensure we have a balanced town centre offer that caters for all ages and interests and provides a more varied food and drink offer.
  3. Enforcement and Licensing – ensure we have an effective multi-agency approach that minimises the harm and risk from alcohol whilst promoting safer drinking and a safe evening economy

Through this three-strand alcohol strategy, we will maximise the most efficient use of our resources to:

  • Tackle underage drinking, particularly targeting vulnerable young people by devising interventions across agencies and where appropriate, support and challenge parents/carers in changing their behaviour.
  • Develop and build on existing programmes to encourage behaviour change in adults and older people including safer drinking at home and socially.
  • Understand the relationship between alcohol and domestic abuse and ensure strong links to Bolton’s emerging Domestic Abuse and Violence Strategy
  • Support employers to minimise alcohol as a barrier to employment and to change existing workplace cultures.
  • Work with town centre licensees and retailers and explore how the current town centre night time economy can be maintained but better balanced with a different offer that is not so closely related to alcohol.
  • Maintain dialogue with licensees to reduce alcohol-related crime and disorder problems.
  • Ensure professionals across organisations receive appropriate and timely training to aid effective referrals to alcohol treatment services.
  • Gather, and where relevant, embed evidence to ensure more informed decision-making processes in Bolton, such as health issues/data being provided to licensing hearings.
  • Review Bolton’s Licensing Policy in light of national, local and Greater Manchester changes.
  • Build on the existing Alcohol Strategy that focuses on minimising the health issues related to alcohol and commissioning effective treatment services.

The Sport England Local Sport Profile Tool is designed to help you make the best use of a wide variety of data in thinking about how you invest in sport locally. This simple tool contains locally available data on a range of topics including:

  • Demographics
  • Health
  • Participation
  • Facilities
  • Economy
  • Comparators

This is a comprehensive resource, that should be considered when any decisions around sports participation (and commissioning of associated services) are undertaken.

Health Profiles is a programme to improve availability and accessibility for health and health-related information in England. The profiles give a snapshot overview of health for each local authority in England. Health Profiles are produced annually.

Designed to help local government and health services make decisions and plans to improve local people's health and reduce health inequalities, the profiles present a set of health indicators that show how the area compares to the national average. The indicators are carefully selected each year to reflect important public health topics. For more information about the 2015 profiles data (including changes compared to the 2014 profiles) please see the Data page or read the FAQs.

(updated November 2015)

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