NHS Health Check plans get the all clear for Leeds

With a successful record of delivering the NHS Health Check programme at a level almost ten per cent higher than the national average, Leeds is looking to improve uptake of the checks – aimed at preventing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia – even more. NHS Health…

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Getting into good habits in Leeds

Former smokers in Leeds are a growing band new figures show, as the annual Stoptober campaign comes to an end. Leeds smoking rates are continuing to fall and are now the lowest in West Yorkshire new data released by Public Health England shows. Smoking rates have halved from the millennium, when around a third…

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New report warns of challenging times for Leeds health

Prospects for continuing improvements to people’s health in Leeds are under threat according to the latest annual report from Leeds Director of Public Health. Dr Ian Cameron, “Nobody Left Behind: Good Health and A Strong Economy”. Dr Cameron’s report uses a range of examples to highlight shifts in local and national health trends, including…

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Keep it out and help Leeds smokers quit

A regional campaign to crack down on illegal tobacco sales is being backed by Leeds City Council as part of ‘Keep it Out’ in the run-up to ‘No Smoking Day’ on 14 March. Councils across West Yorkshire, the North East and Hull are linking up to tackle illegal tobacco. This includes cigarettes, hand rolling…

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Smoking rates in Leeds drop to new low

Smoking levels in Leeds have been cut by nearly half over the last twenty five years new figures show. The latest figures released show that since 2004 there are almost 59,000 fewer smokers in the city. Smoking prevalence for adults in 2004 was 30% and this rate has now dropped to 17.8%. This means…

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Leeds Backs World No Tobacco Day 2017

Health leaders in Leeds are backing international efforts to prioritise and accelerate tobacco control efforts on World No Tobacco Day on 31 May 2017. The World Health Organisation is focussing on the links between tobacco and environmental problems and poverty. This means that for people in Leeds, lower smoking levels are not only saving…

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Happy, healthy birthday

One of Leeds less known gems this week celebrates 25 years of delivering expert advice and information to health, care and social work staff. The Public Health Resource Centre (PHRC), now based in Technorth, in Chapel Allerton, first began sharing information in 1991 as the first wave of 57 NHS Trusts came into being.…

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Changing face of public health in Leeds highlighted

The changing face of public health over the past 150 years features in the 2016 report from Leeds City Council’s Director of Public Health, Dr Ian Cameron. The report has been developed in partnership with the Thackray Medical Museum where a special public health trail has been developed for visitors to follow. Dr Cameron’s…

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Touchscreen technology offers healthy help

People across Leeds are getting a chance to try innovative touchscreen technology to access free health advice from special ‘One You’ kiosks. The kiosks allow users to take the popular ‘How Are You’ test devised by Public Health England, which can point people in the best direction to look after their health. Councillor Rebecca…

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