'Unhealthy' England22nd June 2007
The government has published a health profiles map for England, providing a snapshot on the health of the nation.
The document highlights the areas with the best and the worst health and identifies levels of life expectancy, smoking, teenage pregnancy and heart disease among 30 key health factors for each local authority area in England.
Among the other factors are child poverty, mental health, exercise, healthy eating and road accident deaths and injuries.
It is the second year the health profiles have been published and are seen as a tool in helping health authorities and local councils target health inequalities.
The profiles show a clear north-south split in the wellbeing of the country. In the north-west residents are more likely to die from smoking-related illnesses, heart disease, stroke and cancer than anywhere else in the country, although there have been improvements in life expectancy and in cutting deaths from cancer and heart disease.
While in the south, a picture of a healthier nation emerges. People in Buckinghamshire have some of the lowest alcohol-related hospital admissions in the country and Kensington and Chelsea has the fewest deaths from cancer with 81 deaths per 100,000 people.
Public Health Minister Caroline Flint said: â€œInformation about health and wellbeing in your local area is essential for assessing the needs of the local population and monitoring how well health improvement strategies are working.â€?
Dr Alan Maryon Davis, president elect of the Faculty of Public Health, said the health profiles showed â€œat a glanceâ€? what needed to be done.
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Title: 'Unhealthy' England
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 3222
Date Added: 22nd Jun 2007