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Connecting Communities and Promoting Health: A Journey in WISE

Welcome to my blog, where I will be sharing my passion for supporting individuals in connecting with communities and improving population health throughout Cwm Taf Morgannwg.

As I embark on a new role as Health and Wellness Prevention Programme Manager within the innovative and dynamic WISE team, who are focused on evidence-based and preventative care, I am excited to explore the transformative power of incorporating the principles of WISE which include: social connection, physical movement, sleep, mental wellbeing, and minimising harmful substances.

One aspect of my new role that truly excites me is the opportunity to collaborate with various stakeholders, including healthcare providers, local authorities, and third-sector partners.

I firmly believe that by fostering partnerships and working together, we can create a synergistic environment that helps patients achieve and maintain better health outcomes.

Through shared knowledge, resources, and expertise, we can unlock innovative solutions and transform the landscape of healthcare.

The Power of WISE:

The six pillars of WISE serve as a guiding framework to optimise health and well-being. Let's explore each pillar and understand how incorporating them into our daily lives can make a significant impact:

Social Connection: Human beings thrive on social interaction, and fostering meaningful connections is essential for overall well-being. At WISE, our participants discover the positive effects of nurturing relationships, building support networks, and engaging in community activities. Our wellness coaches encourage joining like-minded groups, whether for fitness, hobbies, or even just shared interests.

Physical Movement: Regular physical activity is not just about staying fit; it is a fundamental component of a healthy lifestyle. WISE explores the various forms of movement and exercise that can improve cardiovascular health, boost mood, and enhance cognitive function.

Sleep: Quality sleep is often overlooked but plays a vital role in maintaining optimal health. Our coaches will help you uncover the secrets to restorative sleep, learn about sleep hygiene practices, and understand the profound effects of sleep on our mental and physical well-being.

Mental Wellbeing: Mental health is just as crucial as physical health. WISE supports participants to delve into strategies for stress management, mindfulness techniques, and nurturing a positive mindset. They discover the transformative effects of prioritising mental well-being and finding balance in our busy lives.

Healthy Eating: Maintaining a balanced and nourishing diet is a cornerstone of overall wellness. The food we consume provides the essential nutrients our bodies need to function optimally. WISE emphasises the significance of healthy eating habits and understanding the role of nutrition in promoting well-being.

Minimising Risky Substances: Recognising the detrimental effects of substances such as tobacco, drugs and alcohol is essential for fostering a healthier lifestyle. WISE wellness coaches explore evidence-based approaches to prevention and offer a multitude of resources that are available for support and recovery.

Our Commitment to Positive Change:

At the core of everything that WISE does is a commitment to improving the health and wellness of individuals across Cwm Taff Morgannwg communities. Join me as we strive to develop a comprehensive service that supports positive lifestyle choices and promotes optimal health. To find out how you can benefit from this service click on our website WISE CTM - Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (

Author: Michaela Moore
Health and Wellness Prevention Programme Manager