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England's health laid bare

The Ministry of Health has revealed today which are the healthiest local council areas in England.

A series of "health profiles" will cover everything from life expectancy to smoking habits and are designed to help local councils and the NHS decide where to target their resources.

The Department of Health say the health of England is improving but there is sill a wide variation in results among even the healthiest areas.

Teesdale has the most physically active people, with 17% of residents exercising for 20 days out of the last month.

Problems with alcohol are scarce in St Albans, only 85 per 100,000 people are admitted to hospital with alcohol-related ill health.

Chilten has the lowest number of deaths due to smoking at 147 per 100,000 people.

Public Health Minister Caroline Flint says that knowing the location of problem areas can help target resources, such as quit smoking campaigns.  

She adds: "Information about health and wellbeing in your local area is essential for assessing the needs of the local population and monitoring how well health improvement strategies are working."

Click here to view the health profiles in more detail.