Fifteen new health action zones were announced by the minister for health, John Denham.
They will target areas which have particularly high rates of ill health and encourage health and social services to work together to address the particular problems of each community. Specific targets will include reducing smoking and increasing exercise in the community.
These 15 new health action zones will benefit seven million people in both rural and inner city areas. As a result, a total of 13m people will now benefit from these zones.