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Bexley residents live longer than national average

PUBLISHED: 06:00 19 September 2013

A view of Bexleyheath, the political hub of the borough

A view of Bexleyheath, the political hub of the borough

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Bexley residents have a life expectancy above the national average, according to new figures released.

Office for National Statistic figures show residents in the borough are expected to live until 80, above the national number of 78.9. It relates to statistics collated between 2009 and 2011 in local authorities nationwide.

The borough is also ahead of the national figure in healthy life expectancy - the number of years someone can expect to live in good or very good health - with residents averaging 65.9 years as opposed to 63.2.

Dr John Middleton, vice president for policy at the Faculty of Public Health said: “These figures are an important part of a bigger picture of data that tells us why some people live longer than others.

“We know that healthy life expectancy is determined by our chances of being in a job, living in decent housing and having an adequate income.

“Clearly having a healthy lifestyle makes a big difference, but so does being in employment.

“There are also variations within towns and cities.”

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