New interactive tool on health-related lifestyles shows reduced smoking levels in Wales
A new resource has been produced on the health and health-related lifestyle of people living in Wales based on data from the Welsh Health Survey from 2003/04 to 2014.
Produced by the Public Health Wales Observatory, the resource focuses on a suite of indicators covering smoking habits, alcohol consumption, fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity levels and levels of overweight and obesity.
- A continuous fall in the percentage who smoke from 27% down to 21%
- Little change in physical activity levels, with around one third taking no activity in the previous week
- An overall increase in the percentage who are obese, but a small decrease over the past two years in males
- A slight decline in the percentage eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables on the previous day
- Reductions in the percentages of persons reporting drinking above guidelines, binge drinking and very heavy drinking
The indicators are available at local authority and health board level and can be compared to Wales for males, females or persons.
Public Health Wales strategic priority Adopting and implementing a multi agency systems approach to achieving significant improvements in our public’s health