Life expectancy is lower than UK’s average

View of Halifax from Beacon Hill
View of Halifax from Beacon Hill

The latest installment of an important research project exploring issues within Calderdale has revealed life expectancy in the borough is below the national average.

Community Foundation for Calderdale, in partnership with the University of Huddersfield, has been researching ten core themes in Calderdale - one of which was ‘Health and Wellbeing’.

It’s part of the Vital Signs initiative, which combines a range of existing statistical data with feedback from a community consultation to give a complete picture of life in the borough,

The report revealed that although the feeling of healthiness and wellbeing is greater in Calderdale in comparison with the national average, life expectancy is around a year below the national average and men and woman in the most deprived areas have a shorter life expectancy compared to those living in the least deprived areas of the borough

Smoking prevalence in Calderdale is also higher than the national average by 0.9 per cent and the percentage of smoking-related deaths is significantly higher in Calderdale than the national average by 20 per cent.

The report looked at evidence from sources including Calderdale Council’s ‘Active People Survey’ and Sports England and found the number of adults classified as obese is 3.7 per cent greater than the national average.

It also found that childhood obesity is growing, with more than a third of 10 to 11-year-olds overweight or obese, and infant mortality is around the national average and falling, except in Park Ward where rates are higher and rising. Community Foundation for Calderdale works to tackle the key issues facing the borough and recently awarded the Ovenden-based Noah’s Ark Centre £25,000 to work with Healthy Minds and Disability Support Caderdale to create a new counselling project to support individuals suffering disability or long-term debilitating health conditions.

The project has employed a Disability Outreach Worker to promote awareness of the service, improve accessibility and secure new referrals. People with disabilities will have improved access to mental health services.