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Increase in Harrow's life expectancy
Figures show that life expectancy for men and women in Harrow is among the highest in the country.
According to the Office of National Statistics, a boy born in Harrow can expect to live 81.7 years, the highest of any London borough and 13th in the country.
A girl born in Harrow can expect to live even longer - 85.4 years, the third highest in London and ninth highest in the country.
Ten years ago, male life expectancy in the borough was 75.9 years and female life expectancy was 81.1 years.
Director of public health for Harrow Borough Council Dr Andrew Howe said: “With life expectancy rates in Harrow increasing we are seeing the results of years of work to encourage and educate people to make healthy choices, keep active and fit.
“From early years care to being middle aged or older men – it is vital that high quality services and advice are available for people throughout their lives.”
Health bosses in the borough also believe the increase in life expectancy is down to work addressing major health issues in men including heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Councillor Krishna James, who is responsible for health policy, said: "Not only is Harrow one of the best places to live in London, but it’s one of the healthiest too.
“These figures reflect the healthy state of our borough and are testament to the efforts of council and our partners in the NHS to improve the health of people in the borough.”
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