Dales health looking good

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Dales residents are enjoying better health than the rest of the country on average.

A report carried out by the NHS has revealed that the Derbyshire Dales excels in areas such as GCSE achievement, physically active adults and life expectancy for both men and women.

The report stated: “The health of people in Derbyshire Dales is generally better than the England average.

“Deprivation is lower than average, however about 1,300 children live in poverty.

“Life expectancy for both men and women is higher than the Enland average.”

The only area in which the Dales did not score well was road injuries and deaths, of which there was an average of 66 per year.

This news coincides with figures released by the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership showing the number of road deaths in the area is treble the national average.

The group is now calling for some speed limits to be reduced to combat the problem.

The report said: “Over the last 10 years, all cause mortality rates have fallen.

“Early death rates from cancer and from heart disease and stroke have fallen and are better than the England average.

“The rate of road injuries and deaths is worse than eh England average.”

Around 17.6 per cent of Year 6 children are classified as obese, however levels of teenage pregnancy and GCSE attainment are better than the average for the country.

The area also performs well in rates of sexually transmitted diseases, smoking related deaths and hospital related harm.

Further information is available by visiting the primary care trust’s website, www.derbycitypct.nhs.uk