Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Want to Live to 105? Then Move Here

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Want to Live to 105? Then Move Here

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Byline: Helen Rae Health Reporter

GIRLS in a Northumberland estate have the highest life expectancy levels in the country, it has been revealed.

Public Health England has published a report which shows that girls who live in the Northburn estate in Cramlington, Northumberland, could expect to live to 105-years-old.

The report, which looks at the whole of the UK, has identified the region's estate as the top place to live if you are female.

Boys continue to lag a little behind, yet the report also shows increases in life expectancy for males of 97.7 years.

Wayne Daley, Conservative County Councillor for Cramlington said: "This is fantastic news and shows what residents here have known all along, that this is a great place to live.

"We have lots of things to keep people active including cycling routes, pram walks, boot camps, but more than anything clean air and access to some beautiful countryside and beaches nearby. Northburn estate is singled out as the best place to live a long life and much of that is down to access to health services and a wonderful sense of community which makes people feel better.

"In the last year alone, local residents have planted over 400 trees, organised litter picks and helped make their area a lovely place to live. This is about more than health, it's also about being happy in a place. "I am really proud the area I live in and represent is being recognised as the best place to live a long life."

In England life expectancy continues to increase, from 2000 to 2012 it rose by 3.2 years for males and 2.4 years for females.

However, stark variations of inequalities in life expectancy persist across the country, between men and women and between the most and least deprived areas.

Areas with the lowest life expectancy rate for girls include Patricroft, in Salford, and Holme Wood, in Bradford, with 72.9 and 72.5 respectively.

Meanwhile, for males the lowest life expectancy is in Rock Ferry, Birkenhead, at 66.5 years.

Dr David Chappel of Public Health England in the North East said: "The smaller the statistical sample the greater the possibility of a blip - but even so this is encouraging. …

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