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Life expectancy for men in Wiltshire hits 80
LIFE expectancy for men in Wiltshire has reached 80 years for the first time.
The milestone is revealed in the county’s Annual Public Health Report for 2012/13 which has been presented to Wiltshire Council leaders.
The report, the first since local authorities took on responsibility for public health from the NHS, also sets out the priorities for the next year – including reducing the number of people who smoke, helping to diagnose cancer and other life-threatening diseases sooner, combating alcohol and drug misuse, enabling people to live more active lifestyles, reducing obesity levels and improving mental health and wellbeing.
The council took on responsibility for public health on April 1 this year.
Achievements have included; *More than 30,000 free NHS health checks were offered to eligible patients aged 40-74
• A hidden harm needs assessment was carried out to identify the extent of issues that arise from the hidden harm caused by substance abuse – particularly affecting children
* The Wiltshire Stop Smoking Service helped over 2,900 people successfully stop smoking
• Wiltshire Council, in partnership with Swindon, was selected to become one of 20 national Early Intervention Places and will benefit from funding and involvement on the most effective early intervention programmes;
• From January to December 2012, 8,500 young people aged 15-24 were screened for chlamydia;
• All Wiltshire Year 5 and 6 pupils received a flashing, high-visibility armband produced by the Road Safety Partnership to help reduce the risk of traffic accidents and injuries;
• The Road Safety Partnership also delivered the hard-hitting Safe Drive Stay Alive campaign to more than 7,000 young people.
Keith Humphries, cabinet member for public health, said: “Encouraging more people to live healthy and active lifestyles will bring wider benefits in terms of boosting the economy and strengthening communities. Our commitment is to bring these benefits to everyone, including the most vulnerable in Wiltshire.
“Clearly the increased life expectancy men and women are experiencing is a positive sign – but one of our priorities is to reduce the gap in that life expectancy between the most and least deprived communities.”
Maggie Rae, corporate director for public health and author of the report, said: “The council, the NHS and other partners have been working closely together on public health issues in Wiltshire for many years. The new arrangements are therefore about building on this work to ensure that protecting and improving public health remains a priority.”
The full report is available to view at wiltshire.gov.uk.
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