A private hospital in Northampton is supporting a national campaign to raise awareness of the UK’s top five preventable killers.

BMI Three Shires Hospital in Northampton is encouraging people to make an online pledge to help improve their health.

The Big Health Pledge is a nationwide campaign encouraging people across the country to look at their lifestyle choices, good and bad, and take a simple health pledge to allow them to see a change in their health.

Earlier this year it was revealed that the UK has slipped down the European health league on many indicators for ill-health. The Big Health Pledge is focused on the UK’s top five causes of preventable deaths – heart disease, stroke, cancer, lung disease and liver disease.

Each account for more than 150,000 deaths among under-75s in England and the Department of Health estimates that 30,000 of these are entirely avoidable .

In area covered by Northamptonshire County Council between 2009 -2011 there were 272 premature deaths, ranking it 72 out of 150 local authorities in England. Wokingham in Berkshire is number one with fewest premature deaths (200) while Manchester is at 150 with 455.

Supporting the Big Health Pledge campaign, consultants, nurses and the team at BMI Three Shires are encouraging people in the region to go online and complete a health survey to identify what health pledge they could make to see long term benefits to their health.

The campaign’s five pledges are:
• Improve Diet
• Move More
• Quit Smoking
• Drink Less Alcohol
• Be Health Aware

The intention for each pledge is to give people easy to follow, manageable steps that will help them on the road to a healthier lifestyle.

Dominic Bath, Executive Director at the hospital said: “All too often we can forget the simple advice given to us that can help benefit our lives.

Dominic Bath

“But the Big Health Pledge will hopefully get people thinking about how they could eat healthier, be more active, quit smoking, drink less alcohol and be more health aware – all steps to a healthier, happier life.”

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