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HEALTH AND WELL-BEING SURVEY 2005 SHOWS A MIXED PATTERN OF HEALTH BEHAVIOURS

November 02, 2006 12:34 PM

The latest Health and Well-being Survey 2005, launched today, contains some encouraging findings, including people's high rating of their own health, perception of their local area and social well-being.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde produce the Health and Well-being survey every two years and the latest survey for 2005 has some good and some disappointing findings.

The most encouraging results showed that approximately two thirds of people taking part in the survey rated their health as excellent or good and thought their local area had improved in the last two years.

There has also been a rise in the number of people achieving the recommended levels of physical activity.We are working with local authority colleagues on the implementation of our physical activity strategy, which recommends school-based programmes, transport policies, exercise referral schemes and other measures to support people in taking more exercise as part of their normal lifestyle.

Significant investment by the Board and Glasgow City Council in providing fruit in schools, breakfast clubs and community health eating initiatives has also made an impact on nutrition and diet for many youngsters.

However it is disappointing that there hasn't been greater gains made in the number of people smoking and binge drinking.

Dr Linda de Caestecker, Acting Director of Public Health is encouraged by some of the findings but disappointed by others.

She said:"This most recent Health and Well-being Survey contains some encouraging findings.

"While the number of people continuing to smoke is higher than we expected there are signs that people in Glasgow want to stop.This is evident in the number of people accessing smoking cessation services, which continues to increase with around 13,000 people using this service every year.This shows that smokers want to quit but still too few people give up smoking over a 12-month period without relapsing.

"Our services have as good a success rate as elsewhere in the UK but in Glasgow more smokers are heavily addicted or report that "they smoke to cope.We are trying new ways to support people in quitting including buddying support.

"Since the survey was undertaken the new tobacco legislation has been introduced and we have continued to develop services to help people stop smoking and we will continue to make sure our services are as accessible as possible. "

Alcohol also remains a problem in Glasgow but NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is continue to work with our local authority colleagues and with the Scottish Executive on ways of influencing this through legislation, advertising and pricing.

Linda added:"Services have been put in place to help people with alcohol problems but we need effective interventions to influence our whole culture around drinking and by continuing to work with our partners we hope to see changes over the next few years."

The Board is currently implementing pilot projects for Keep Well in the North and East of Glasgow City to put additional resources into primary care with the aim of encouraging more people to come forward for health assessment and to provide additional support to people who wish to adopt healthier lifestyles.

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Notes to Editors

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