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Bringing Health and Wellbeing
Income deprivation has proven negative impacts on the health and well being of communities affected by it. Newhaven is witnessing a number of such impacts, most notably recording a high density of obseity in adults. There are clear links with income with a quarter of the adult population recording some form of income deprivation. A third of all children are recorded as receiving additional financial support for schooling.
Alongside this Newhaven also records some of the highest statistics in the district for smoking, having knock on effects to health and to wellbeing, particularly to cancer.
Mental health issues and deprivation go hand in hand and Newhaven reports significantly higher rates of depression than that recorded in the Lewes District.
The linkages which the Egrets Way promotes are based around sustainable transport, walking, running and cycling. The positive impacts of physical exercise on health and well-being are well proven.
Tony Dickens, former Chairman, Disabled Ramblers Association
“We know from our 16 years of activity that getting access to the countryside can be a dramatic, life changing experience for disabled people who have felt condemned to a life of sitting at home in a wheelchair.........and Disabled Ramblers declare support for the Egrets Way”