Where are we now?
Data published nationally in November 2017 tells us that in Cheshire West and Chester:
- Breastfeeding initiation is 68.9 per cent compared to the England average of 74.3 per cent
- At six to eight weeks after birth, 35.4 per cent of mothers are still breastfeeding compared with the England average of 43.8 per cent
- Almost one fifth of our children in their school reception year are either overweight or obese (23.1 per cent), slightly higher than the England average of 21.9 per cent
- A third of our children aged 10-11 are either overweight or obese (33.6 per cent), similar to the England average of 34.2 per cent
- 176,970 adults (64.2 per cent) are overweight or obese, similar to the England average of 64.8 percent
- 69,860 adults (25.5 per cent) are obese.
Local data in 2017 tells us that:
- 24.2 per cent of adults are inactive - i.e. do less than 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week
- 23.8 per cent of people are using outdoor space for exercise/health reasons
- 923 deaths per year are attributed to physical inactivity and the annual cost to the local authority is £17.3 million
- On average local residents spend seven hours per day in sedentary positions. The most sedentary age group is 14-18 year olds, with lack of time and motivation being the most frequently cited reasons.
To improve healthy life expectancy and reduce health inequalities for everyone living in Cheshire West and Chester, by supporting opportunities for healthy eating and being more active.