More people in Milton Keynes are keeping fit by becoming more active.
Latest figures show 39.5 per cent of residents take part in moderate activity at least once a week.
This compares to 34.1 per cent just six months ago.
The figures are welcomed by Milton Keynes Council, which took on the responsibility for public health in April.
Officers and councillors are encouraging people to follow “sensible steps” to better health and seek help if they wish to give up smoking or lose weight.
National statistics released last week showed Milton Keynes to be ranked 69th out of 150 local authorities for the number of cancer deaths.
It was 91st in the rankings for heart disease, 68th for heart disease and stroke and 29th for liver disease.
But worringly, out of 15 local authorities judged to be of a similar socioeconomic status, Milton Keynes was almost bottom at 14th.
Councillor Debbie Brock, chairman of the city’s health and wellbeing board, said: “Tackling premature mortality is a priority. Encouraging people to keep fit will help.”