Healthy life expectancy on the rise in Barnsley

This latest performance report issued by Barnsley Council shows that healthy life expectancy in the borough has seen a steady increase.  Healthy life expectancy is an estimate of how many years a person could expect to live in ‘good health’. 

Data for Barnsley shows that healthy life expectancy at birth was 59.7 years for men and 61 years for women in 2015-2017.  Although these data show a positive increase, and are higher than some of Barnsley’s statistical neighbours, they are still lower than the England and regional average. 

Cllr Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “I’m pleased to see a steady increase over last four years.  However, this figure is still too low and we have a lot more to do.  Maintaining this growth is a major priority for us and our health partners which requires action on many fronts.  We are committed to improving these outcomes for our residents and continue to work hard to focus our efforts on prevention, early intervention and making it easier to live healthier lives which will help to enable local people to stay healthy and independent.

Our public health strategy 2018-21 details how we want to renew our actions for a healthier Barnsley by working collaboratively to improve our residents’ health and wellbeing at an accelerated pace.”

Barnsley Council’s Public Health Strategy can be read in full here: https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/media/9278/public-health-strategy-2018-21.pdf

This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe, that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.

#LiveIt helps us to support the most vulnerable people, making sure they can access support at the earliest possible stage. #OwnIt by keeping your own and your family's health at its best, asking for support when you need it and looking out for your friends and neighbours.

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