We all know we’re living longer – but how long will we stay healthy?
We now have a much better idea of how many years of good health we can expect – after the government’s official facts-and-figures people did some number crunching.
The Office For National Statistics has just created an interactive guide to the health of different cities.
And it makes for interesting reading for us York residents.
An active bunch
We can be a little bit smug. According to the ONS:
And that has an impact on our ‘healthy life expectancy’ – how many years of good health we enjoy on average.
Unusually men have a longer ‘healthy life expectancy’ than women in York – but only just.
Healthy life expectancy is 65.9 years for York’s men and 65.7 years for women.
That puts us ahead of the English average of 63.4 years for men and 64.1 years for women.
Eating, drinking and smoking
We have fewer smokers than average – 14.6% as opposed to 16.9%.
And we do better than most at eating our five-a-day. Altogether 57.8% of York residents munch enough fruit and veg, compared to the English average of 52.3%.
What about booze?
Well it seems we have less to be cheerful about here. The number of York people admitted to hospital with alcohol-related conditions is 633.8.
That is almost the same as the national average of 634.7.