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Still time to have your say on living a healthy life in Gloucestershire

Published
24.02.2016

Residents still have time to give their views to help shape the future of the healthy lifestyles services.

Gloucestershire's healthy lifestyle services encourage and support people to improve their health, such as through losing weight.

The consultation on how the service could look began on 14th December 2015 and runs until Sunday 6th March 2016

The three leading causes of death in Gloucestershire are cancer (27.9%), cardiovascular disease (26.8%) and respiratory disease (14.2%), in line with the national pattern.

The top four lifestyle related causes of these diseases and preventable death in the UK are smoking, lack of physical activity, alcohol misuse and poor diet.

It is estimated that up to 80 per cent of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes and a third of cancers could be prevented if these lifestyle factors were addressed.

Current contracts for lifestyles services are due expire and a new service is required from 2017.

The proposal is for this new service to focus more on prevention - encouraging people to adopt a healthy lifestyle to begin with, whilst ensuring that support to change unhealthy habits is still available to those who need it most.

Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for public health, said: "Physical and mental wellbeing are vital to help people stay active and independent throughout their lives and this service will have a key role in helping people to live well.

"I would like to thank everyone who has already taken part in the consultation and given their view on how the service could look. Having people share their views is a really important part of this, and the Public Health team and I still welcome comments and suggestions on our proposals."

Further information including how to have your say is available online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/consulthealthylifestyle.

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