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Good Places, Better Health: A New approach to the Environment and Health in Scotland: Implementation Plan



Good Places, Better Health is about responding to the challenge we face in creating safe and positive environments. The implementation of Good Places, Better Health will consist of an initial prototype phase which will consider a discrete number of health priorities and their environmental determinants. This phase will run from Jan 2009 until March 2011. This incremental approach is considered most suited to develop, refine and secure the systems and governance structures required.

This prototype will look in particular at children's health and sustainable places, with a primary focus on the four child health issues of obesity, unintentional injury, asthma and mental health and wellbeing. Good Places, Better Health will allow us to analyse the key environmental influences in these areas and improve our policies and decision making to produce better health outcomes for children. This will be undertaken at a national and local level.

In the longer term the outcomes of the prototype will be analysed to consider whether adoption of the principles of Good Places, Better Health leads to environmental policy in its widest sense delivering the most positive outcomes for the health and wellbeing of Scotland's people.

This work will support and complement focused activity elsewhere within the Scottish Government and partnership organisations including:

  • sustainable places
  • The Early Years Framework
  • Healthy Eating, Active Living
  • Towards a Mentally Flourishing Scotland
  • Equally Well

Additionally, it will represent a coherent response to the Children's Environmental Health Action Plan for Europe and its priority goals.