Have you downloaded the health app yet?

ESSEX County Council’s mobile health app has been announced as a finalist in two categories in the prestigious Local Government Chronicle Awards 2016.

Lifestyle Essex, which was created earlier this year, was shortlisted from over 700 bids from councils across the country, and it will now strive for a winning place in the award categories of Driving Efficiency through Technology and Innovation.

The free app, which is aimed at both members of the public and health professionals, gives advice on a range of health issues, including smoking, weight management, mental health, physical activity, drugs and alcohol.

Dr Mike Gogarty, Director of Public Health at Essex County Council, said:
“Because it can be hard to know where to go for healthy lifestyle changes, we created Lifestyle Essex to signpost users to local support services in their area and tell them how to access them at the touch of a button.
“Essex Lifestyle’s shortlisting for these awards is fantastic news and much deserved. It’s great to see that we’re being recognised nationally for our organisation’s innovative work.”

Cllr Anne Brown, Cabinet Member for Communities and Healthy Living, added:
“This nomination is reflective of the innovative services we provide to make it easier for our residents to take control of their health and wellbeing and have the confidence and knowledge to live healthier and happier lives.”

The app is available now for both Android and iPhone by searching for Lifestyle Essex in the app store.

Essex County Council was also shortlisted in the awards for:

a joint campaign with job centres to deliver brief health interventions to unemployed people;
a Risk-Avert Programme, which identifies young people vulnerable to multiple risk-taking;
the Essex County Council Public Health Team.
Local Government Chronicle editor Nick Golding said: “To be shortlisted for an LGC Award shows that a council’s work in this particular area is something that can inspire the rest of local government. The quality of the entries goes to show that councils are striving to innovate to improve services at a time they must cut costs.”

There will be judging days for each award category between January 25 and February 1, with the awards final being hosted on Wednesday March 16, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

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