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Call for Bicester residents to take part in the health and wellbeing survey

Bicester residents are being invited to complete a survey about their health and wellbeing as part of the Healthy New Town programme. A copy is being sent to every household in Bicester and residents can fill the survey online from today.

Bicester has been chosen as one of ten UK locations where healthy living will be promoted as part of the built environment. The Healthy New Town programme will be launched on 13 May and before it starts, the Healthy New Town Partnership needs to know what the residents' lifestyle looks like today.

Cllr Barry Wood, leader of Cherwell District Council, said: "To make the Healthy New Town programme work it is essential that we know as much as possible about residents' health and wellbeing in order to make the right improvements. So I am urging people to take part to the survey.

"Bicester is already changing to enhance residents' lives. More cycling and walking paths have been created to encourage resident to get more active. Local voluntary groups have been funded to help the whole community. But now it's time for each resident get more involved, if we want the Healthy New Town to become real"

The survey, developed by the University of Oxford, offers residents a way to inform local service providers on what is important to them. The results will be used to improve the services and, in two years' time, to check if people in Bicester have been living healthier lives since the start of the Healthy New Town Programme. The survey is anonymous and the information provided will be kept confidential. 

Bicester residents can complete the online version of the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Bicester_Healthy_Life

Note for the editors:

As part of an initiative run by NHS England, Bicester has been selected as one of just ten 'Healthy New Towns' in the country.  The programme aims to make Bicester a place where being healthy is easy, fun and achievable for people of all ages. It involves individual residents, workplaces and employers, schools and nurseries, clubs, associations and volunteers and health and care services. The key priorities are: to increase the number of children and adults who are physically active and of a healthy weight; to reduce the number of people who feel socially isolated or lonely to improve their mental wellbeing.

Bicester Healthy New Town programme is a Partnership Group involving over 30 local organisations.  Led by Cherwell District Council it includes North West Bicester's lead developer A2Dominion, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, Bicester Town Council and other local community groups and organisations, health care providers and both Oxford and Oxford Brookes Universities.

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