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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Health Statistics

Ribble Valley Health Profile 2008

Ribble Valley Health Profile 2008

For Ribble Valley, 15 out of 31 indicators were significantly better than the national average, with three indicators reported as being significantly worse than the national average.

Men can expect to live 77.6 years in Ribble Valley. This is similar to the national average, and higher than the North West average. Female life expectancy is 82.8 years. For women this is longer than both the national and regional averages, and has increased by 8 months since last year.

It is estimated that 21.2% of adults in Ribble Valley binge drink, which is more than both the national and regional averages. This has increased by 0.4% since last year. In addition, the number of hospital stays related to alcohol has increased dramatically over the last year, rising from 126.8 to 191.8 per 100,000 population. However, this remains much lower than both the regional and national averages.

Best and worst health indicators (in addition to life expectancy and alcohol)

Community-related indicators remain significantly better than the national and regional averages. These include indicators for income deprivation which has fallen from 4.7% to 0%, homelessness which has fallen from 5.5 to 1.6 per 1,000 households, and GCSE achievement (five grades A*-C) which has risen to 75.5%, and is now sixth best in the country.

When looking at adult health and lifestyle, the picture is generally good. The number of adults who smoke has dropped to 17.9%, compared with the national average of 24.1%. In addition, the number of adults eating a healthy diet has increased by 6% over the last year, and is significantly better than the North West and England averages.

Indicators relating to disease and poor health also reveal a positive outlook for the borough. The rate of healthy under-15s is one of the best in the country. In addition, the number of people being diagnosed with diabetes remains significantly better than national and regional averages. However, the number of hip fractures in people over 65 remains worse than the North West and England averages.

When looking at life expectancy and causes of death, the borough performs significantly better than its neighbours and the nation as a whole. Early deaths from heart disease, stroke and cancer have dropped compared with last year. However, the number of deaths from smoking has risen slightly to 220.9 per 100,000 population.

The teenage pregnancy rate (under 18) has increased for the second year in a row, now standing at 21.8 per 1,000 females, however, this remains significantly better than the national and regional averages.

A number of new indicators relating to children's health have shown some poor results in the borough, with just 6 out of 10 mothers initiating breast feeding, and just 79.4% of children receiving 2 hours or more of school sports activities per week - both of these are below national and regional averages.

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