Healthy Uttlesford is top place to live
RESEARCH by a physiotherapists trade union has revealed a correlation between place of birth and life expectancy and has also shown Uttlesford to be on of the healthiest places in England to live. The study, released on Monday by the Chartered Society of
RESEARCH by a physiotherapists' trade union has revealed a correlation between place of birth and life expectancy and has also shown Uttlesford to be on of the healthiest places in England to live.
The study, released on Monday by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), has revealed that boys born in more affluent areas can expect to live longer than those born in poorer regions.
For example, boys born in Uttlesford or South Cambridgeshire in 2006 can expect to live to the age of 79 years, whereas boys born in Glasgow city will on average live to just 69.3 years, the lowest in the country.
Chief Executive of the CSP, Phil Gray, said: "It is sadly still a fact of life that the poorer die younger. Lifespan should not be determined by wealth.
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"To ensure that life is more equitable across the UK, the CSP is calling on everyone involved in the delivery of healthcare to place more emphasis on ill-health prevention strategies and put the removal of inequality at the top of the health agenda."
The findings of the study were released to coincide with National Physiotherapy Week, which is meant to highlight the role that physiotherapists play in improving the nation's health.
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A health profile of Uttlesford released by the Public Health Observatories revealed that the district is one of the healthiest places to live in England.
It showed that there was better quality council housing and better support of the elderly at home, and relatively low levels of crime.
Cllr Mark Gayler said: "It's good to know that Uttlesford is one of the healthiest places in England, but there are still lifestyle issues like obesity and pollution to tackle.
"We are dealing with these with our health partners, as priorities under our own plans, or as part of the Essex Local Area Agreement."
To see the CSP study's entire results, which were obtained from the Office for National Statistics, visit www.csp.org.uk.
To find the health profiles for every local authority area in the county, check out the website www.communityhealthprofiles.info