Islanders are protected against social and environmental health hazards

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Individual health and wellbeing is not just about our health related behaviours and access to health care. Our exposure to social and environmental hazards, such as road safety or air and water quality are also key determinants of health.

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Being and feeling safe are fundamental to Islanders' health and wellbeing. Ensuring people feel safe and protected impacts on their overall sense of wellbeing as a community, as well as affecting other areas, such as demand on health and social care services and economic productivity.

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Health outcomes are influenced by our interaction with Jersey's natural and built environment and any potential exposure to toxins in our daily lives

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Foodborne illnesses are a preventable and under-reported public health problem. Food can become contaminated at any point during production, distribution and preparation. Everyone in the production chain, from producer to consumer, has a role to play to ensure the food we eat does not cause diseases.

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Well-designed and well-constructed housing is critical for people’s wellbeing, not just for aesthetic and environmental reasons. Poorly designed, inefficient and unaffordable housing not only affects individual and household wellbeing and expenses, but is a cost to everyone as it impacts on health, social spending and the environment. The homes we live in today will provide most of Jersey’s housing stock for the next 20 years. Investing in the improvement of this existing stock over time will benefit health, energy use, household costs and life satisfaction.

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