This outcome is about Islanders being healthy and, as a result, having the opportunity to live longer and active lives. This helps prevent the need for health interventions and ensures that healthcare and support can be targeted to those who need it most. It is also about ensuring that people can access the right treatment when they need it.
There are five indicators to measure progress towards this outcome.
Each has been given a long-term ambition for the future, based on where Jersey is today and Islanders comments in the My Jersey survey.
The recent Future Jersey consultation asked Islanders whether they agreed with the proposed ambitions and their feedback is being taken into consideration as the final vision takes shape.
Measures: % of adults in Jersey who are overweight or obese.
The facts: overall, over half of Jersey’s adults are overweight (37%) or obese (14%). The obesity rate hasn’t changed significantly since 2008 but the proportion of overweight Islanders has grown from 32% to 37%. Worryingly, 20% of 4-5-year-olds are obese, increasing to a third of 10-11-year-olds.
Long-term ambition: TRANSFORM
This is proposed because obesity is a known risk factor for numerous chronic illnesses and a worsening trend will drive increasing health care costs. It will negatively impact on healthy life expectancy, financial independence, economic participation and productivity, and increase the risk of social exclusion.
Measures: the consumption of pure alcohol per adult in Jersey.
The facts: at 11.5 litres per adult, Jersey’s consumption is about 15% above the European average, with 27% of drinkers doing so at potentially harmful levels. This manifests itself in higher hospital admission and death rates attributable to alcohol than in England. It also causes social harm - about 75% of people arrested for street violence and disorder have been drinking.
Long-term ambition: CONTINUE
Alcohol consumption in Jersey is down 21% since 2006. Continuing this trend could bring Jersey’s consumption in line with the European average within five years. This could benefit several economic, health and community wellbeing indicators and reduce avoidable government spending.
Measures: % of adults who smoke daily or occasionally in Jersey.
The facts: in 2015, nearly one in five Islanders aged 16+ were smokers. 12% smoked daily. About a quarter of 16-34-year-olds smoke and they remain the heaviest smoking age group. About 20% of deaths locally are from smoking-related conditions. In 2014, over 2,500 adults aged 35+ were admitted to hospital with a primary diagnosis of a disease potentially caused by smoking. Twice as many smokers aged 35-64 have longstanding health conditions compared to non-smokers. On average, households that bought tobacco spent £25 a week in 2014/15.
Long-term ambition: IMPROVE
Improving the current rate of progress would benefit numerous social, economic and environmental indicators, and reduce avoidable health spending.
Measures: mental wellbeing using a scale of scores from a questionnaire that range from a highest possible of 35 to a lowest of seven. The indicator is based on the ‘short Warwick-Edinburgh’, a validated tool used nationally to measure mental wellbeing over time.
The facts: Jersey’s average score of 26 has remained unchanged since 2012 when 21% of Islanders displayed low wellbeing, 71% moderate wellbeing and 8% high wellbeing. By comparison, Guernsey found 16% low wellbeing and 17% high wellbeing in 2008.
Long-term ambition: TRANSFORM
Improving mental wellbeing is central to life satisfaction, educational attainment, economic productivity and participation, community wellbeing, crime and safety.
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