H&CG Extramural

Healthy Ageing Conference

30 October 2014, Cardiff

A landmark medical conference on the special occasion of the 35th anniversary of the start of the epidemiological research population cohort Caerphilly Prospective Study was held at the All Nations Centre, Cardiff, to present the signal research findings by Prof Peter Elwood and his MRC Epidemiological Unit, research team.

Peter Evans Transition Chepstow Health & Consciousness Group coordinator, presented a poster presentation detailing the group’s activities –

Pub Forum: A novel and convivial hub for community discourse on issues of environmental and health significance – Think with a drink.

Institute of Welsh Affairs

Prudent healthcare – can it save the NHS in Wales?

12 June 2014, Cardiff

As outlined by the Welsh Assembly Government Health and Social Services Minister Prof Mark Drakeford in his lecture Health – our responsibility, such definitive measures form the basis for future prudent health policy and promotion to prevent disease and sustain the NHS in times of increasing demand and decreasing finances.

Monmouthshire County Council

Public Service Board Conference

Wellbeing Objectives into a Wellbeing Plan

9 October 2017, Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel, Usk

 Institute of Welsh Affairs

Phasing out single use plastics – how does Wales get there?

14 June 2018, Cardiff

Transition Chepstow Health & Consciousness Group

Meeting Report 2011

 Happiness: Human Right, Responsibility and Response 

 The wide-ranging stimulating discussion covered the nature, value and attainment of personal happiness and contentment in a world of evident increasing economic pressures, military conflicts and major natural disasters.   Likewise, the psychological, political and philosophical aspects of happiness and its meaning, were also addressed.

Associated with the apparent incessant proliferation of adverse news, thus rendering individuals vulnerable to negative feelings and loss of hope, the prevalence and incidence of personal anxiety and depression is increasing worldwide.  Emerging evidence indicates peoples state of health is frequently directly associated with their positive feelings of happiness.

The singular obsession with economic measures, namely Gross Domestic Project (GDP), as the sole and sufficient indicator of a nation’s status, is being challenged by the proposed introduction by the government of an additional and alternative index of the population’s health and social capital wealth.   Commencing in April 2011, the Office of National Statistics will be undertaking the National Wellbeing Project and surveying people’s health, happiness and quality of life indicators relating to education, supportive relationships, and cultural activities.

The initiative has been welcomed by the New Economics Foundation as a positive step towards fully assessing the successful outcome of government policy and their particular impact on broader and vital personal, social and environmental matters.