PEOPLE living in the Test Valley are amongst the healthiest in Hampshire, according to new figures.

Analysis of health data shows which areas are the healthiest and the unhealthiest in England. The Health Rating Report, compiled by BIOHIT HealthCare, lists areas with the highest and lowest health scores, seeing how they compare to the average of 100.

This determines the overall health of each location, taking into consideration a variety of aspects like physical and mental health, unemployment and road safety rates.

Test Valley was given a score of 113.50, ranking it as the fifth healthiest place in the region, slightly less than Eastleigh which scored 114.70, but slightly more than the New Forest at 110.50.

In Winchester, an average health score of 119.10 was given, ranking Winchester as the second healthiest place in Hampshire, marginally ahead of Fareham which was given a score of 116.10. The healthiest place in Hampshire was Hart, which was given a score of 122.90.

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The lowest-scoring places in Hampshire were Portsmouth and Southampton, which were given scores of 83.80 and 86.60 respectively.

Gosport was scored at 91.70, while Havant was next on the list with 98.60, marginally lower than the national average. Next up was Rushmoor, with a score of 105.60, which is slightly less than Basingstoke and Deane at 106.70. 

Many areas in the UK experience different ways of life when it comes to a variety of aspects like physical and mental health, unemployment and road safety rates. All this information determines an area’s health rating.

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A spokesperson for BIOHIT Healthcare said: "In recognition of the importance of understanding regional health disparities, BIOHIT HealthCare has compared the health statuses of various local authorities in England, evaluating their health ratings which include not only traditional metrics such as mental and physical health but also factors like local unemployment rates, road safety, and behaviours such as healthy eating habits.

"By leveraging the power of data analytics and evidence-based research, policymakers and stakeholders can identify areas of need, prioritise interventions, and allocate resources effectively to address health disparities, and thereby promote the well-being of all individuals regardless of their geographical location or socio-economic background.

"Recognising and addressing health disparities is not just imperative but also a strategic necessity for building a healthier, more resilient, and inclusive society. By embracing a comprehensive understanding of health that goes beyond mere statistics, and encompassing the diverse factors influencing well-being, we can pave the way for a future where every individual has the opportunity to thrive and lead a fulfilling life."