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According to the World Health Organisation, the leading cause of death worldwide is now non-communicable ‘lifestyle’ diseases, which killed 36 million people in 2008.

HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT

THE 'BIG FOUR' RISK FACTORS

1.  Alcohol

2.  Tobacco

3.  Diet

4.  Physical (in)activity

PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, prevention programmes could avoid up to 40,000 deaths every year in England and up to 70,000 deaths if prevention strategies were developed and implemented.

WHAT ARE LIFESTYLE DISEASES?

- Heart disease

- Cancer

- Diabetes (type 2)

- Lung disease

- Obesity

- Mental ill health

“Contact with nature has been shown to reduce stress, pain, crime and aggression and improve community integration, children’s behaviour and a sense of pride in the community.

 

There is more direct evidence that greenspace in an urban environment can improve life expectancy and decrease health complaints.”

  • Around 35% of the UK's National Health budget is spent treating lifestyle diseases.*

  • But only 3.6% is spent on preventing them (40% of which is spent on pharmaceuticals).

NATURE'S REMEDY

Dr. William Bird, RSPB report Natural Fit (2004)

*Approximately 2.5% is spent on obesity, 3% on coronary heart disease, 4.5% on cancers, 10% on diabetes and 15% on cardiovascular disease.

The Cass Foundation is a charity that strongly believes healthy places result in healthy lives.

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Cass Associates

Stonebridge Business Park, Liverpool

 

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Cass Associates

Buckshaw Village, Chorley

The Cass Foundation is interested in the ways in which our environment can influence health and wellbeing.