Snapshot of health in the town

A SNAPSHOT of health in Belper and the Amber Valley shows fewer people in the area smoke and more children are physically active.

Figures published by the Association of Public Health Observatories show that on average 20.5 per cent of adults smoke compare to a national average of 21.2 per cent. But the number of women smoking during pregnancy remains high at 16 per cent. Early deaths from heart disease and stroke were also high.

Obesity continues to be a challenge, with 25.1 per cent adults living in the area classified as obese. More children are getting fitter – with a higher percentage than average of pupils spending at least three hours each week on school sport. Health bosses at NHS Derbyshire will use the information to decide where improvements to health can be made.