Young adult lifestyles
In the borough of Rochdale, 13.2 per cent of 15-year-olds reported 3 or more risky behaviours in the What About YOUth survey 2014/15.
The importance of good health behaviours in young adults
We want our young people to have knowledge and skills about wellness so they're able to remain healthy and become independent. At 24 years of age not being a smoker, doing sufficient physical activity, having good mental wellbeing and being a healthy weight are important outcomes likely to support long term adult health.
Smoking in young adults
Smoking in younger people is declining. If we want to prevent the next generation from being smokers it's important to focus not only on stopping adolescents from starting smoking but also on older teenagers and young adults.
Alcohol use in early adulthood
Local data is not routinely collected on alcohol consumption in different age groups. National data shows young people aged 16–24 are less likely to drink than any other age group. However, when they do drink, consumption on their heaviest drinking day tends to be higher than that of other age groups.
Statistics on lifestyle behaviours in young adults
- Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) - Health behaviours in 15 year olds - this profile presents data on factors around health behaviours and risky behaviour in young people such as smoking and taking drugs. It includes What About YOUth? survey data and information on diet, smoking, drink, drugs, wellbeing and bullying.
Guidance on lifestyle behaviours in young adults
- National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance - Children and young people - NICE has produced a number of documents focused on lifestyle interventions in young people, these include guidance on diet, harmful sexual behaviour, lifestyle weight management services, physical activity and smoking.
- Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) - Improving young people's health and wellbeing: a framework for public health - this framework aims to support councillors, health and wellbeing boards, providers, commissioners and education and learning settings to enable young people to be healthy and to improve outcomes for young people.