Wealden... a healthy place to live and work

WHETHER you are a man or a woman, life expectancy for the residents of Wealden is higher than the average for England, according to the latest health snapshot figures published by the Department of Health.

Early death rates from cancer, heart disease and strokes have all fallen and are on a downward trend and better than the English average.

But there are areas for concern:

r The number of people killed or seriously injured on Wealden’s roads remains significantly above average for England, based on figures for 2007-2009.

r The number of children who are physically inactive is higher than the national average.

r More adults are drinking higher than average amounts of alcohol.

“The overall message to take from this profile is that Wealden is primarily a healthy place to live and work and things are moving in the right direction,” said Councillor Johanna Howell, Portfolio Holder for the Community and Voluntary Sector at Wealden District Council.

“I remain concerned about the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on our roads.

“Since these statistics were first published, Wealden District Council undertook a review of road safety measures, which was published last year.

“We must continue our efforts to improve the situation, working with partners, especially Sussex Police, to ensure that all road users accept their responsibilities for their own and other people’s road safety.

“We also need to do more to encourage children to be active outside of school and take advantage of the great countryside which is all around us.

“Parents should be encouraged to turn off the computer, and let children play outside.”

Wealden District Council has organised Activity Days for children on every Wednesday in August .

Councillor Howell added, “This is an optimistic profile, but there remains a lot of work for us all to do to ensure that public health continues to improve for all our residents.”