Wellbeing is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.” However, it is important to realise that wellbeing is a much broader concept than moment-to-moment happiness.
While it does include happiness, it also includes other things, such as how satisfied people are with their life a whole, their sense of purpose, and how in control they feel.
Health and care interventions that do not reach those at greatest risk are likely to increase the inequity in health outcomes. Reducing inequalities can be achieved through effectively working across health, local authorities, schools and other agencies by upstream interventions throughout the life course, but with particular emphasis on well-being, the first 1000 days, adverse childhood experiences and independence.
There is a need to work much more closely with our communities to provide inter-generational services that support everyone including those who need it most.
Supporting healthy lifestyles is a key contributor to the future well-being of Powys residents. Unhealthy lifestyles place greater demand on health and social care services and reduce people's opportunity to live fulfilling lives.
WELL-BEING INTENDED OUTCOMES
Through successfully focusing on well-being, people in Powys will say;
I am responsible for my own health and well-being.
I am able to lead a fulfilled life.
I am able and supported to make healthy lifestyle choices about my mental and physical health, and well-being, for myself and my family.
I have life opportunities whoever I am and wherever I live in Powys.
The environment/community I live in supports me to be connected and to maintain my health and well-being.
As a carer I am able to live a fulfilled life and feel supported.