Insight e-bulletin - April 2017

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Insight e-bulletin - April 2017

Coventry's Director of Public Health Annual Report 2016

Shape Up Coventry - PDF

Source: Public Health, Coventry City Council

This year’s Annual Report from Coventry’s Director of Public Health looks at childhood obesity in Coventry. The report focusses on how we ensure the next generation stays a healthy weight. 

DHP annual report 2016 cover


One in ten 4-5 year old children in Coventry are classed as being “obese”- a rate which more than doubles among children aged 10-11 years. Childhood obesity has a range of consequences including physical and mental health issues and increased school absence as well as leading to higher rates of obesity among adults.

The Annual Report recommends that the city adopts a whole systems approach to address childhood obesity - one where the importance of all factors that influence childhood obesity are acknowledged and all agents that could influence it locally are involved. A Childhood Obesity Alliance has been established locally.

Child Health Profile 2017

Source: Fingertips, Public Health England

Public Health England has published the annual Child Health Profiles for 2017. The tool includes a number of ways to view the statistics that provide detail into child health in Coventry. You can click the link above to explore the tool. Some of the key statistics includes:

  • School readiness: 65.4% of children in Coventry achieved a good level of development at age 5 in 2015/16. This is an increase from the rate in the previous year continuing a general trend of improvement for the last few years. However school readiness in Coventry remains worse than the national average of 69.3%.
  • Teenage conceptions: There were 158 conceptions to girls under the age of 18 during 2015, a rate significantly higher than the national average and amongst the highest when compared to similar local authority areas. However this is a decrease from the rate in 2014, continuing a trend over several years of significant improvement. Between 1998 and 2008 there were around 350 conceptions every year, this is now decreased down to 158. If the current rate of improvement continues Coventry will close the gap with the national average.

Wider Determinants of Health data tool

Wider Determinants of Health data tool - Coventry data

Source: Fingertips, Public Health England

Public Health England have a new tool that collects statistics that measure various elements of the “Wider Determinants of Health”. The tool includes many ways to investigate and view data, which you can explore using the link above. 

Wider Determinants tool screenshot 2

Local Alcohol Profiles

Local Alcohol Profile - Coventry data

Source: Fingertips, Public Health England

New data has been published for these profiles - in particular this is the first time they have included statistics estimating levels of alcohol consumption by area.

Coventry has higher than national average rates of mortality related to the use of alcohol and hospital admissions for alcohol related conditions. On the other hand the amount of alcohol sold in Coventry shops ('off-trade') is similar to the national average, as is the local rate of binge drinking and heavy drinking and the prevalence of alcohol abstention amongst Coventry residents. These overall Coventry rates mask the difference between demographic groups however. 

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