What can affect our health?
Everything we do can have an effect on our health and the health of others. This is because health is shaped by a complicated mix of different things and not just whether you have an injury or illness.
These are known as the 'wider determinants of health' and can include:
Where we live The condition and location of our homes and the quality of the wider environment
What type of work we doWhether we have a job, whether that job is satisfying, how much we get paid and our working conditions
Our geneticsWhether our family have certain health conditions
Our lifestyleWhat we eat, whether we drink or smoke and how active we are
Our educationWhether we have the knowledge and skills to lead a healthy, fulfilling and productive life
Our wealthHow much money we have to spend on life's essentials and those little luxuries
Our social relationshipsI we have friends and family and how well we get along with them
Global factorsClimate change and the world economy
In Wakefield we are working to improve the wider factors that impact on peoples' health and wellbeing. Here are a few areas we are focussing on: