County's youth healthier than average

First published in News

KIDS in Warwickshire are some of the healthiest in the country according to data released by the Department of Health's executive agency.

Public Health England's Child Health Profiles 2014 present a picture of child health and wellbeing for each local authority in England using 32 key health indicators.

They contain data on a wide range of issues about and affecting child health, from levels of childhood obesity, MMR immunisation rates, teenage pregnancy and underage drinking, to hospital admissions, educational performance and youth crime.

In Warwickshire the performance levels are generally better than both the West Midland and England averages, with a lower than average percentage of child poverty, child obesity and teenage pregnancies found in the region.

Professor Kevin Fenton, national director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England, said: “The child health profiles enable local authorities to identify where they are doing well as well as where they might improve in terms of child health, helping them to set priorities locally."

he added that Public Health England are working on a range of programmes to support local areas support young people's heath.

“There are simple things we can all do every day with our kids that are likely to support children’s wellbeing, like walking to school with them, making sure they get a healthy breakfast and making sure they are active for the recommended 60 minutes per day.”

There were also areas where Warwickshire fell below the England average, such as smoking during pregnancy, the number of children attending accident and emergency and the amount of 10-24-year-olds being admitted to hospital as a result of self-harm.

Councillor Bob Stevens, Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for health, said: “Public health can play a key role in influencing many of these figures, for example it’s simply not acceptable that about one in five pregnant women in Warwickshire are still smoking at the point of delivery.”

To see the full report visit chimat.org.uk/profiles.

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