Why is it a priority? High Blood Pressure (BP) is the second most preventable risk factor for premature death and disability in particular cardiovascular and circulatory disease. Each 2 mmHg rise in systolic BP is associated with a 7% increased risk of mortality from ischaemic heart disease and a 10% increased risk of mortality from … Continued

 Why is it a priority? An established programme of Tobacco Control in Greenwich had seen a significant decrease in smoking prevalence of the adult population over recent years with rates falling from 24% in 2010 to 16.6% in 2014. However, smoking prevalence is not equally distributed among all groups in the society with people employed … Continued

Why is it a priority? Drinking hazardously is common, we estimate that 25% of adults in Greenwich exceed the government’s recommendations for ‘safe’ drinking (14 units per week). Alcohol is the 6th biggest risk factor contributing to the burden of disease. It is linked to cardiovascular conditions, liver disease and cancers. Alcohol accounts directly or … Continued

Why is it a priority? Poor diet is a risk factor for the UK’s major diseases such as obesity, cancer, coronary heart disease (CHD) and type 2 diabetes. It has been estimated that poor diet is related to 30% of life years lost in early death and disability. A good diet from pre-conception and throughout … Continued

Why is it a priority? Physical inactivity is a major cause of premature mortality for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. Increasing levels of physical activity across the whole population has the potential to improve physical and mental health across the life-course and improve life expectancy. It can promote community cohesion and reduce … Continued

Why is it a priority? The WHO defines overweight and obesity as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. Obesity prevalence is increasing nationally and globally, result of a complex “obesogenic” environment that encourages excess calorie consumption and inactivity, through work patterns, transport, food production, food sales and other factors. In … Continued