A call to debate: a call to action. Report on the population of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde 2007-2008
In my first annual report as Director of Public Health, I want to give as many people as possible the chance to join the debate on health in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Within the document, I have set out the key health challenges facing our communities.
The challenges of excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, obesity, poverty and their resultant health problems all feature within this report. So too does the major global public health issue of climate change and pollution - areas where we are becoming increasingly aware of their potential effects on all of our health and the society in which we live.
As a Health Board, we are working with our community planning partners to tackle a number of these issues. All of the challenges outlined in the report will require a number of agencies to work together and many require coordinated action at national and local level.
You too can get involved in this debate. Your input is important to achieving change, which is why we want to know what you think needs to be done to improve the health of future generations.
I hope you take this opportunity to join the debate and to make a difference.
Dr Linda de Caestecker
Director of Public Health