North Lincolnshire residents expected to live longer than ever before
Life expectancy in North Lincolnshire is currently at its highest level, according to a new report.
The North Lincolnshire annual public health report has identified that on average men now live for four-and-a-half years more and women live for three years more.
The report also states that the number of premature deaths from circulatory disease, breast cancer and bowel cancer has fallen.
It also highlights how more people are taking up screening opportunities and young people are making healthier choices, with fewer teen smokers.
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And Councillor Rob Waltham, the authority's cabinet lead member for adult services and children's services, said he was pleased with the data in the report.
He said: "I am very happy with the positive news the report portrays.
"However, we can always do more to encourage people to lead healthier lifestyles in their own homes.
"It is important to get young people to see the health issues they could later face and the long-term impacts of bad health habits."
Frances Cunning, director of public health in North Lincolnshire, said: "The past 12 months have witnessed a number of improvements in the health of the population of North Lincolnshire.
"Life expectancy continues to increase and we have seen a significant reduction in the narrowing of the inequality gap in life expectancy between our richest and poorest men.
"Premature deaths from some of our big killers have been reduced and more people are taking up offers of screening, support and advice to improve their health and wellbeing, which is good news."
The report also identifies some future challenges the health board hopes to tackle over the coming 12 months.
It reports that there are lower than average levels of physical activity among adults and rising levels of physical inactivity among young people.
Ms Cunning said: "While there is much to celebrate, many challenges remain.
"Our ageing population is growing and some of the main lifestyle risk factors for ill health, such as obesity, remain stubbornly high across North Lincolnshire.
"While there have been improvements, inequalities in health and well-being remain, with significant variations between the localities across North Lincolnshire."