Public Health Stockton-on-Tees is conducting research to better understand the relationship between disability and weight, particularly what helps or prevents disabled people achieving a healthy weight. The purpose of this study is to contribute to their health needs assessment, which is used to help identify areas of priority and support local decision making. For this reason, they have commissioned a Disabled Persons Organisation and a disabled researcher to undertake consultative research with disabled people and associated groups in Stockton-on-Tees. Although principally focused upon disabled people, the study will incorporate the views of carers and other people who support disabled people. The study would like to understand what helps and what prevents disabled people (including disabled children and young people) in Stockton-on-Tees achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, and seek answers to questions such as:
- What are disabled people’s challenges relating to healthy eating and physical activity?
- What do disabled people need to help them participate on an equal footing with non-disabled people?
- What are people’s perceptions of healthy weight, its relative importance in their lives and the experience of weight stigma?
If you feel you could contribute and want to participate in the study, the researcher would like to engage with you. There are lots of different ways you could participate in this research, including: face to face, workshop or group, audio, text and creative, such as models or drawings and an online survey.
You can also contact Christopher at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07813 789529