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Health and wellbeing impacts
Section category: Health and wellbeing impacts

Soc&Env: Health and wellbeing impacts of parks and open spaces

Parks and open spaces are a vital part of public life. Attractive, safe and accessible parks and green spaces provide a wide range of social, economic, health and environmental benefits. Many open spaces are multi-functional and offer formal and informal leisure opportunities, wildlife habitat and green routes through borough local areas, all of which contributes …

Soc&Env: Health and wellbeing impacts of cultural facilities

Libraries, museums, theatres, cinemas and art galleries all contribute to the health and wellbeing of local people.  They promote education and learning, creativity and personal development, and provide opportunities for social interaction, supporting a sense of belonging to the local area among residents. ‘Intrinsic’ benefits delivered through libraries (e.g. enjoyment, participation, learning) have been described …

Soc&Env: Health and wellbeing impacts of payday lenders

Payday loan shops provide high-interest, short-term loans for people needing money to tide them over for short periods. Links have been established between severe debt and poor mental health, between debt and suicide, and debt and substance misuse.   The scientific literature has examined the links between debt and health specifically shows that: access to …

Soc&Env: Health and wellbeing impacts of betting shops

Research suggests that gambling may be harmful for some people, by exacerbating financial vulnerability and worsening mental health problems through addictive behaviour. However, it is not a harmful activity for everyone who takes part. Harm from gambling is not restricted to those who are very heavy or frequent gamblers, it also affects people who are …

Soc&Env: Health and wellbeing impacts of hot food takeaways

Fast food outlets tend to sell food that is high in fat and salt and drinks that are high in sugar. Increased use of fast-food outlets is associated with obesity and excess weight gain over timeas well as an increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes as a result of insulin resistance.   …

Soc&Env: Health and wellbeing impacts of the night-time economy

The night-time economy can have a positive and negative impact on health and wellbeing. Pubs and bars can act as hubs of community life, providing a space to socialise, promoting social interaction and reducing isolation (which can contribute to poor mental health).  On the other hand, these venues can also contribute to noise, litter, harmful …

Soc&Env: Health and wellbeing impacts of linking planning and health

The quality and design of our high streets, buildings and open spaces has a major impact on our health and wellbeing The links between planning and health are explicitly expressed throughout the current NPPF.   In particular, Section 8 ‘Promoting healthy communities’ highlights that the planning system has an important role in facilitating social interaction …

Soc&Env: Places and spaces: Health and wellbeing impacts

Information on the health and wellbeing impact of the places and spaces in which people reside has been framed around the following headings: Linking planning and health The night-time economy Hot food takeaways Betting shops Payday lenders Cultural facilities Parks and open spaces

Soc&Env: Community Cohesion: Health and Wellbeing impacts: Social isolation and social capital

Social isolation is detrimental for an individual’s physical and mental health. Social relationships affect mental and physical functioning, health behaviours and the risk of mortality. A recent meta-analysis of nine longitudinal studies found that social isolation and loneliness are associated with 50% excess risk of coronary heart disease. Conversely, having strong social networks, socialising and building …