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Olympian helps make health and wellbeing everybody's business

25th January 2013

Olympian, sport scientist and celebrity trainer Professor Greg Whyte gave the keynote speech on empowering healthy lifestyles and changing behaviour at a recent health event at the OXO2 in London (Thursday 17th January 2013).

The event, ‘Improving Health and Wellbeing: Everybody’s Business’ was organised by social enterprise and charity Mytime Health. It brought together around one hundred health professionals and stakeholders from England and Wales. The aim of the event was to facilitate discussion and debate to encourage a multi-professional approach to shaping future community healthcare services. It also gave health professionals the opportunity to share future challenges and to develop best practice from across the UK in the hope of reaching realistic solutions.  2013 is the year when commissioning responsibilities for public health services transfers from Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and local authorities.

Professor Greg Whyte is a nationally respected expert on applied sport and exercise science and who works as a consultant physiologist for a large number of Olympic and professional sports. Professor Whyte, who also coached comedian and author David Walliams to swim the English Channel said:  “It was great to be around so many like-minded people, all with a passion and drive to improve the health of the nation.  Mytime Health’s event really captured the challenge we have ahead of us, pulling together pragmatic and solution focused approaches that really place the community at the heart of services moving forward.  It’s about developing workable, flexible strategies and it’s great to see companies like Mytime Health really taking their responsibility seriously, demonstrating a true commitment to reducing health inequalities.”

Other presenters at the event included:

 

  • Dr Paul Sacher Mytime MEND Consultant
    • Is it too late? Striking a balance between prevention and treatment of child obesity

 

  • Dr Adrian Brown Consultant in Public Health Medicine
    • The future face of Public Health – Opportunity or Challenge?

 

  • James Watkins Health Director at Mytime Health and Nathan Moore Senior Manager: Adult Treatment Services
    • Developing a shared language that empowers people to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Director of Health at Mytime Health James Watkins said: “The event, which is a new venture for Mytime Health, has been truly insightful and inspiring and I believe a real success.  We heard some interesting ideas and perspectives on the challenges ahead, and I feel reassured from the debate held, and subsequent conversations that we can further strengthen our partnership working.”

He added: “It is essential that, as healthcare professionals, we keep at the forefront of our minds the needs of our communities where there are health inequalities – particularly in this year of change within healthcare provision. We need to continually look for new ways to deliver innovative, value for money and fully integrated services in the years to come. By working directly with key partners and stakeholders including local authorities and CCGs we can empower individuals and their communities to lead healthier lives by providing excellent, high quality, bespoke community health services.”

Mytime Active recently acquired child weight management business MEND. The acquisition forms part of Mytime Active’s continuing expansion in delivering community health services across the UK and cements its health division, Mytime Health, as a leading provider of community healthcare in the country.

Mytime Active Chief Executive Steve Price said: “We have a great track record of managing contracts and delivering patient centred services in partnership with a number of PCTs and local authorities. Together with MEND we now have an even stronger portfolio of services that we know can really empower our patients to change their lives for the better. Our services are evidence based, driven by outcomes and quality, and they are built on the foundations of community development and community engagement principles therefore placing our patients and clients at the heart of the service. The event has given us a solid platform to demonstrate how collaborative and effective Mytime Active’s health division can be in delivering social value.”

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