FROM MY SURGERY
COUCH POTATO COST
We Britons are 20% less physically active than we were 20 years ago – and we take 30% fewer walking trips. If we don’t turn it round, the NHS could buckle – physical inactivity costs the NHS nearly a billion pounds a year, and contributes to as many deaths as smoking. So download Public Health England’s Active 10 app and take your first steps to a healthier you!
SPENDING SUGAR TAX
The Government is pushing ahead with a sugar tax, due to come in from April 2018. Good news from a doctor’s perspective – in other countries, it’s had a real impact on obesity (and type 2 diabetes) levels. The plan is to invest the money in sports facilities for kids. But dentists are keen to use some of it to make fluoride toothpaste more affordable too – fewer fillings all round?
CANCER AND KIDS
Getting a diagnosis of cancer is always horrifying, but if anything it’s even worse if it’s a child. However our amazing NHS continues to improve the chances for children diagnosed with cancer year on year. The number of kids surviving cancer for 5 years has increased from just 67% in 1990 to more than 85% today – now that’s a statistic that’s worth celebrating.