Take part in health sur­vey

Cynon Valley - - HEALTH & LIFESTYLE -

WALES’ Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer is call­ing for more young peo­ple and males to play their part in shap­ing the fu­ture health of the na­tion by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the largest Welsh pop­u­la­tion health study ever un­der­taken.

Backed by the Welsh Gov­ern­ment and led by Cardiff Univer­sity, HealthWise Wales was launched in 2016 to study the health and well­be­ing of peo­ple in Wales and help plan health ser­vices for the fu­ture.

As well as gath­er­ing gen­eral health data, the pur­pose of HealthWise Wales is to gather in­for­ma­tion on spe­cific health is­sues to im­prove fu­ture treat­ments and in­sights.

Since launch­ing, the study has also is­sued fo­cused sur­veys to par­tic­i­pants on ar­eas in­clud­ing oral and men­tal health, sun-bed use, an­te­na­tal care, bowel cancer and the re­use of medicines.

More than 17,000 par­tic­i­pants have signed up to the sur­vey so far, and anal­y­sis of data sup­plied by the first 10,000 shows that 16 to 24-year-olds make up just 12% of re­spon­dents, com­pared with 57% who are aged be­tween 45 and 65-plus, and that 75% re­spon­dents are fe­male.

Now Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer Dr Frank Ather­ton is em­pha­sis­ing the im­por­tance of diver­sity among par­tic­i­pants to in­crease the breadth of data avail­able for anal­y­sis.

To en­cour­age sign-ups, the health ini­tia­tive has re­cently launched a new na­tional ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign which fea­tures an an­i­mated film that is cur­rently be­ing shown on TV, social and dig­i­tal chan­nels.

To find out more and to join the study, visit www.health­wise­wales. gov.wales or call the HealthWise Wales team on 0800 9 172 172/029 2076 8090 be­tween 8am and 6pm, Mon­day to Fri­day.

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