More than 9,000 people took part in Wolverhampton's biggest ever health and well being survey - and the information they provided will help shape services in the city.

The survey, commissioned by the City of Wolverhampton Council's Public Health team, gathered information on the health and wellbeing of the local population by asking participants about their lifestyle, diet, physical activity levels and tobacco and alcohol consumption.

Residents aged 16 and over were invited to take part in the doorstep survey, conducted by M-E-L Research, and 9,048 people across Wolverhampton took part between January and April.

Their responses are now being analysed by the council, and the findings will be used to shape the development of services in the future that will help people improve their health and wellbeing.

Councillor Paul Sweet, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to complete our health and lifestyle survey.

"We know that health levels among the general population in Wolverhampton are not as good as they could be, and we are determined to do what we can to address this.

"This survey was an important piece of work which will give us valuable information about the health and wellbeing of our residents. It has also highlighted particular issues which we must address over the coming years if we are going to enable people to live more healthily for longer."

The survey found that just over two thirds of respondents said their health was good for their age, though a quarter said they had a condition or disability which limited their daily activities, either to a lesser or greater extent.

The survey confirmed that men in Wolverhampton are more likely to drink alcohol than women, with more drinkers among older people than those in the 16 to 19 age bracket. Of the 22% of respondents who smoke, more than half said they wanted to quit.

Only 26% of those surveyed said they ate the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables per day, with young people aged 16 to 19 the least likely to do so.

Some 62% of respondents said they would like to eat more healthily, citing the availability of cheaper healthy food and more time to prepare healthy food as two key ways they could achieve this.

Some 56% of people felt they did enough exercise for someone their age, though 58% wanted to be more active, with a third saying they would need help to do this.

Residents were also asked detailed questions about their general wellbeing, with the average score in Wolverhampton was slightly higher than the national average. Respondents said having more money, and more time to themselves, would help increase their wellbeing.

  • released: Wednesday 15 June, 2016