Windsor & Maidenhead and Bracknell Forest are amongst the healthiest areas to live in the country, according to the Office for National Statistics. The Royal Borough has come third with Bracknell Forest close behind in sixth place.
A health index has been introduced to understand the health of the nation. It uses a broad definition of health, including health outcomes, health-related behaviours and personal circumstances, and wider determinants of health that relate to the places people live, such as air pollution.
The objective is to improve health by measuring the effects of government policy on wellbeing, just as it is measured about the economy. It also provides a greater focus on the prevention of ill health, rather than prioritising its cure once people are sick. There is work to do as provisional findings suggest health in England has declined from 2017 to 2018, after remaining stable for a few years.
For those interested in the performance of other local councils, Wokingham came first with Surrey filling the fifth place.