London borough has country's greatest life expectancy
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Health and also in Communities, Local Government
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Men and women living in Richmond upon Thames have the highest healthy life expectancy in the country, statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.
The figures are the first published estimates for healthy life expectancy – the age people are likely to reach before ill health seriously affects their quality of life.
Men in Richmond can look forward to a healthy life expectancy of 70.3 years, while women in the borough currently enjoy 72.1 years.
Overall Richmond is considered a wealthy borough with good education and employment opportunities and easy access to many green spaces – all factors which determine life expectancy.
Richmond Council’s public health team is working with partners to support residents to make healthy lifestyle choices to prevent disease. A wide variety of services are available including regular NHS health checks at GP surgeries, pharmacies and community centres, services to promote physical activity and healthy eating, stop smoking services, and alcohol interventions.
The council's cabinet member for health and children’s services, Cllr Christine Percival, said: “The health and wellbeing of all residents is at the heart of what we do at the Council so we delighted with these latest results which show our residents are living longer healthier lives than those living anywhere else in the country. We are doing everything in our power to ensure this continues and we will not become complacent.”