The greatest burden of disease and premature death in the UK today is related to chronic diseases such as cancers and cardiovascular disease.
However, such diseases are strongly associated with lifestyles or health behaviours. These lifestyle risk factors include smoking, alcohol consumption, drug misuse, sexual health, healthy eating, physical activity and obesity.
Tackling these risk factors is a main focus of preventing disease and promoting health, alongside other measures such as immunisation programmes (to reduce infectious diseases) and improving community safety. This section provides a summary of these risk factors and prevention programmes within Wakefield.