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Panel Debate: Open Spaces Happy Faces

Updated: Mar 16

Tisdall Associates Panel Debate. Hotel Manchester. 22nd June 2018. Sponsored by Tisdall Associates.



In November 2008, Professor Sir Michael Marmot was asked by the then Secretary of State for Health to chair an independent review to propose the most effective evidence-based strategies for reducing health inequalities in England from 2010.


The final report, 'Fair Society Healthy Lives', was published in February 2010, and concluded that reducing health inequalities would require action on six policy objectives:

  1. Give every child the best start in life

  2. Enable all children, young people and adults to maximise their capabilities and have control over their lives

  3. Create fair employment and good work for all

  4. Ensure healthy standard of living for all

  5. Create and develop healthy and sustainable places and communities

  6. Strengthen the role and impact of ill-health prevention.



The Tisdall Associates Panel Debate centred around the 'Fair Society Healthy Lives' document asking the pertinent questions -


How do we then use Parks and Open Spaces within the context of:

  • Health Promotion (Public Health)

  • Social Prescribing

  • Wellness at Work initiatives

  • Local Community Groups

  • To evaluate the health benefits associated with changes to parks based upon a Health model   




The panel welcomed views from;


Richard Tisdall, Managing Director - Tisdall Associates

Yvonne Harrison, Managing Director - Project 92

Dr William Bird MBE, - Intelligent Health Limited

Lee Preston, Sport and Leisure Lead - Manchester City Council

Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive - Fields In Trust

Louise Robbins, Physical Activity Development Manager - GreaterSport

Paul McGarry, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Hayley Lever, GreaterSport



Click here to view the Tisdall Panel Debate.



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