Peak folk are living longer

PEOPLE in Buxton and the High Peak are living longer and smoking less, according to a new report on the area’s health.

Figures published by the Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO) show that on average in the High Peak, men live 78.8 years and women 82.3 years – a few years longer than the national average.

The number of smokers in the area is also low, with 15.8 per cent of adults smoking compared to a national average of 21.2 per cent.

But the number of women smoking during pregnancy remains slightly high at 17.9 per cent.

Now health bosses at NHS Derbyshire say they will use the information to help decide where improvements to health can be made.

Dr Bruce Laurence, acting director of public health, said: “Every day we are challenged to use our skills and resources to make a real difference to the lives of thousands of people living in and around Buxton.

“These summaries provide us with an invaluable snapshot of the health of people in the region, and we are delighted to have made improvements in changing people’s lives for the better.

“There is no room for complacency, and we will carry on working with our partners to tackle key emerging health issues in the area, including obesity and alcohol misuse.

“Although fewer people in the area live in poverty compared to other parts of the country, social deprivation is a very real concern so we will be doing everything possible to improve the quality of their life through better health.”

The report also shows that 0.5 per cent of children up to the age of 12 suffered from tooth decay – slightly less than the England average of 0.7 per cent.