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STATEMENT ON LIFE EXPECTANCY

August 21, 2003 5:24 PM

Evelyn Borland, Acting Director of Health Promotion with NHS Greater Glasgow, said: "Poverty and deprivation are the main factors in the poor health record of Glasgow's people.

"However, major changes are taking place on a city-wide level for the social and physical regeneration of Glasgow, improving the areas where people live.

"As well as working with the local authority and other agencies on city-wide initiatives to make it easier for people to access healthier lifestyles*, we are committed to supporting the wide range of innovative work being carried out by deprived communities themselves.

"Added to this is the changes individuals are making to their lives every day, be it giving up smoking, eating more healthily or taking up some form of exercise.

"Glasgow's health record won't change overnight, but things are getting better."

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* This includes fruit in schools, free swimming for kids and OAPs, stop smoking classes and the GP exercise referral scheme.

Information: Dawn Nelson on 0141 201 4912 or [email protected]

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