South East has UK’s longest healthy life expectancy

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New research has revealed the South East has the UK’s longest healthy life expectancy.

Harlow Leisurezone analysed the latest ‘Health state life expectancies’ ONS report to reveal the figures.

Healthy life expectancy is described as “an estimate of lifetime spent in “very good” or “good” health, based on how individuals perceive their general health”.

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The data revealed that people in the South East’s average healthy life expectancy is 65.3 years – the highest in the UK.

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Healthy Life Expectancy

Region

Average Healthy Life Expectancy

South East

65.3

South West

64.5

London

64.4

East Of England

64

Scotland

62.3

Northern Ireland

62.1

East Midlands

61.9

Wales

61.9

West Midlands

61.8

North West

61.1

Yorkshire and the Humber

60.4

North East

59.2

In the region, Wokingham had the longest healthy life expectancy at 71.05 years.

Windsor & Maidenhead came second with 70 years, and West Berkshire third with 69.75 years.

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Southampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, and Slough sat at the bottom of the table with 62.2, 62.2, 61.45, and 59.2 years respectively.

There was an 11.85-year difference between top of the table Wokingham and bottom of the table Slough.

South East

Average Healthy Life Expectancy

Wokingham

71.05

Windsor & Maidenhead

70

West Berkshire

69.75

Surrey

68.75

Oxfordshire

68.7

Buckinghamshire

67.7

Bracknell Forest

66.45

Hampshire

66.4

Brighton & Hove

65.45

Reading

64.5

Kent

64.1

West Sussex

63.85

Milton Keynes

63.65

East Sussex

63.2

Medway

62.25

Southampton

62.2

Isle of Wight

62.2

Portsmouth

61.45

Slough

59.2

Dave Marrington, Gym Manager from Harlow Leisurezone said: “there are many things people can do to live a long, healthy life.

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“A healthy, balanced diet is the first thing to consider. Make sure you eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Also keep an eye on your intake of processed foods, sugary drinks, and excessive salt and sugar.

“Make sure you exercise too. At least 150 minutes of moderate, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity will do the job. Bundle that with some strength training exercises at least twice a week and you’ll be good to go.

“Don’t forget about sleep either. Aim for 7 to 9 hours of good quality sleep per night, and maintain a regular sleep schedule, along with a restful sleeping environment.

“Finally, monitor yourself. Everybody is different, so find what works for you, and the best way to do this is with regular health check-ups so you can nip any potential problems in the bud.”