FROM MY SURGERY

My Weekly - - Health -

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.

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