Fitness war continues

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WIGAN is getting healthier but still has a long way to go according to health chiefs.

The 2012 Health Profile gives an overall picture of health in the borough and although progress has been made in key areas highlighted in 2011, others have deteriorated.

Some of the main issues highlighted in 2011 included childhood obesity in Year Six pupils and poverty as well as smoking and alcohol related illnesses, all of which have improved over the past year.

However, some areas have shown a decline, such as smoking during pregnancy, which has risen by over one per cent in 2012 from 2011 in Wigan Borough – despite a national drop of 0.3 per cent.

Other increases include child poverty, however the economic climate has been stipulated as the reason for an increase both nationally and in Wigan.

Other areas which have seen slight increases from 2011 include hospital admissions due to alcohol and self-harm, as well as hip fractures in the over 65s

Dr Kate Ardern, Executive Director of Public Health for the Borough of Wigan said: “The Wigan Borough position for most indicators are largely unchanged from the 2011 profile with a few notable exceptions. 

“The number of Year Six children who are obese has moved more in line with the England average.  Also the statutory homelessness in the borough is now significantly better then the England average.

“Compared to the 2011 profile, early death rates from heart disease and stroke death rates and cancer in the Borough continue to fall. 

“Since the last profile the population in the least deprived 20 per cent nationally has increased, however, the most deprived and second most deprived populations are unchanged, showing the changes are within areas ranked in the middle of the scale. 

“Also, changes in deprivation might now be reversed given the recent financial crisis, but this will only be apparent when the deprivation statistics are updated again in 2013”.

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