Live well

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North Yorkshire people are healthier, and live longer, than the average for England. But there is still work to do to reduce the number of people affected by conditions that can be prevented or delayed. Heart disease, stroke and cancer account for the greatest proportion of deaths within North Yorkshire. Many of these illnesses can be avoided if everyone is helped to make positive lifestyle choices.

The risk of social isolation and loneliness is greater for people living in rural communities, especially (but not exclusively) amongst older people and those with a disability or long term illness - and people who are socially isolated are more likely to die prematurely. Being in good employment increases mental and physical health and wellbeing. We need to maximise local opportunities for economic and job development, including apprenticeships and graduate opportunities for the young people who are our future workforce.

The quality of our homes is another major factor in health and wellbeing. We need to ensure that there is an affordable supply of North Yorkshire homes that have positive impact on health and wellbeing. The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Strategic Housing Partnership has produced a housing strategy. You can find out more about it at

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