It’s official – this Lancashire borough is the healthiest place in England

It’s official – this Lancashire borough is the healthiest place in England

A borough in east Lancashire has been rated as the healthiest in the country.

New data compiled by the Office for National Statistics has placed the Ribble Valley number one when it comes to the overall health of its residents.

The ONS has ranked England’s 307 local authority areas in its annual Health Index, measuring key areas of public health.

The data, taken before the pandemic, revealed Ribble Valley had an overall Health Index score of 112.9, up 1.6 points from a year earlier.

Health in the Ribble Valley is the strongest among measures relating to the ‘children and youth’ subdomain and had the second highest subdomain when it comes to ‘physical health conditions’.

It also had the second highest score in the North West for health related to “living conditions”, such as air pollution, household overcrowding, noise complaints, road safety and sleep in the street.

The borough’s worst score was for “access to services” while the score for “difficulties in daily living” was above average across England.

By contrast, neighboring Blackpool came bottom of the table, scoring an overall health index score of 90.6.

Below is an interactive tool that can be used to find the Health Index score for each of the 307 boroughs in the country.

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Cllr Stephen Atkinson said: “We’re proud that not only is Ribble Valley one of the best places to live, it’s also one of the healthiest places to live. England.

“We aim to improve the health and well-being of people in our region by promoting healthy lifestyles, working alongside our many volunteer sports groups and improving opportunities for people to participate in recreational and sports.”

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