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DT1: Hospital fighting biggest killers
A DORCHESTER hospital is getting behind the campaign to tackle the nation’s five biggest killers.
BMI Winterbourne Hospital is urging residents of the county town to take a pledge to improve their health and raise awareness around the United Kingdom’s top five preventable killers.
It has signed up to the nationwide Big Health Pledge campaign launched by parent company BMI Healthcare.
The initiative urges people to look at their lifestyle choices and take a simple pledge to allow them to see a change in their health.
The scheme was launched after figures showed the UK had slipped down the European health league on a number of the indicators for ill-health with Dorset a particular area for concern.
In the county there were 207 premature deaths per 100,000 people between 2009 and 2011, ranking it third out of 150 local authorities in England.
The Big Health Pledge focuses on the top five causes of preventable death – heart disease, stroke, cancer, lung disease and liver disease.
Consultants, nurses and other staff at BMI Winterbourne Hospital are encouraging the community to visit bmibighealthpledge.co.uk and complete a health survey to identify what pledge they could make to see long term benefits to their health.
The campaign’s five main pledges are improving diets, moving more, quitting smoking, drinking less alcohol and being health aware.
Executive director at the hospital Theresa Starling said at the launch of the campaign: “Our team at BMI Winterbourne Hospital are serious about health and passionate about care and we are supporting this campaign to help people in the local Dorchester community to look again at how their lifestyle choices can be affecting their health.
“Cancer, heart disease, liver disease, lung disease and stroke are never entirely preventable but through making simple changes people can reduce their risks and if that message gets through to one person, then the campaign will have been a success.”
Consultant cardiologist at the Dorchester hospital Dr Fraser Witherow added: “All too often we can forget the simple advice given to us that can help benefit our lives.
“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.
“These simple steps really are that simple, and I hope that by supporting this campaign we can help raise awareness about the UK’s top five preventable causes of death.”
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