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Town hospital supports health awareness campaign
4:30pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
A DROITWICH hospital is supporting a campaign to raise awareness of the UK’s top five preventable killers.
BMI Droitwich Spa Hospital is encouraging people to make an online pledge to improve their health.
The Big Health Pledge is a nationwide campaign encouraging people across the country to look at their lifestyle choices, good and bad, and take a simple health pledge to allow them to see a change in their health.
Earlier this year it was revealed that the UK has slipped down the European health league on many indicators for ill-health. The Big Health Pledge is focused on the UK’s top five causes of preventable deaths - heart disease, stroke, cancer, lung disease and liver disease.
The campaign’s five pledges are to omprove diet, move more, quit smoking, drink less alcohol and be health aware.
Heart disease, stroke, cancer, lung disease and liver disease account for more than 150,000 deaths among under-75s in England and the Department of Health estimates that 30,000 of these are entirely avoidable.
In the area covered by Worcestershire County Council between 2009 -2011 there were 245 premature deaths, ranking it 42 out of 150 local authorities in England. Wokingham in Berkshire is number one with fewest premature deaths with 200 while Manchester is at 150 with 455.
Jenny Liggitt, executive director at the hospital, said: “All too often we can forget the simple advice given to us that can help benefit our lives.
“But the Big Health Pledge will hopefully get people thinking about how they could eat healthier, be more active, quit smoking, drink less alcohol and be more health aware – all steps to a healthier, happier life.”
To make a health pledge visit bmibighealthpledge.co.uk
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