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Public health


Our role is to help to improve and protect the health of the county's residents, helping you to stay well and avoid illness.

Health and Wellbeing in County Durham 

The health and wellbeing of the people in County Durham has improved significantly over recent years but remains worse than the England average. Health inequalities remain persistent and pervasive. Levels of deprivation are higher and life expectancy is lower than the England average, with too many of our population suffering from avoidable ill-health or dying prematurely. To find out more view Durham Insight: Health and Social Care related factsheets.

How healthy is your heart?

The Heart Age Test tells you your heart age compared to your real age; explains why it's important to know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers; and gives advice on how to reduce your heart age.

Lifestyle related factors like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as smoking, poor diet and a lack of exercise, can increase the risk of developing heart disease.

Annual Report of the Director of Public Health

This year's annual report features a fictional family to highlight the issues some of our families face as well as what we can achieve collectively to improve health and wellbeing.

Icon for pdf Director of Public Health Annual Report 2018 (PDF, 2.6mb)

Privacy notice

We use data and information from a range of sources to understand more about the health and care needs in the area. See our Privacy notices and data protection page to find out more.

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