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Healthy behaviours

The Jersey Opinion and Lifestyle Survey (JOLS) provides many of these figures. JOLS is an annual survey run by to collect data from a sample of adult Jersey residents.

Statistics Jersey runs the survey each year, but we don’t always ask the same questions. For example, we only ask questions about hazardous drinking behaviour every other year.

Jersey Opinion and Lifestyle Survey: latest report and past reports

Breastfeeding

All new mothers are encouraged to attend a consultation with their GP when their baby is 6 weeks old (the 6 week check). During this consultation, the baby's feeding status is recording. We calculate the percentage of babies breastfeeding by dividing the number of babies confirmed as breastfeeding, by the number of babies whose feeding habits we know at the 6 week check.

Percentage of babies being breastfed at the 6 week check

 

Source: Public Health Intelligence, download the data

Read the latest births and breastfeeding report

Births, fertility and breastfeeding profile 2020

Smoking

The Jersey Opinion and Lifestyle Survey (JOLS), asks a question about smoking every year. The question asks “which statement best describes you", and gives the following options:

  • I have never smoked or I don't smoke
  • I used to smoke occasionally but don't now
  • I used to smoke daily but don't now
  • I smoke occasionally but not every day
  • I smoke daily

Percentage of Jersey adults that currently smoke (occasionally or daily)

 

Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

You can read the latest Smoking Profile by following the link below

Smoking profile 2020

Hazardous drinking

The Jersey Opinion and Lifestyle Survey (JOLS) asks an alcohol related set of questions every other year. The survey includes, questions which make up the FAST scoring system to measure hazardous or harmful drinking.

The 4 questions which make up the FAST score are as follows

​Questions
​Scoring system ​ ​ ​ ​
​0
1​
2​
​3
​4
​How often do you have 8 (men) / 6 (women) or more drinks on one occasion
​Never
​Less then monthly
​Monthly
​Weekly
​Daily or almost daily
​Only answer the following questions if your answer above is monthly or less ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
​How often in the last year have you not been able to remember wnat happened when drinking the night before?
​Never
​Less than monthly
​Monthly
​Weekly
Daily or almost daily
​How often in the last year have you failed to do what was expected of you because of drinking?
​Never
​Less than monthly
​Monthly
​Weekly
Daily or almost daily
​Has a relative / friend / doctor /  health worker been concerned about your drinking or advised you to cut down?
​No

​Yes, but not in the last year

​Yes, during the last year


A score of 3+ indicates hazardous or harmful drinking.

Percentage of Jersey adults with hazardous or harmful drinking habits.

 

Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

You can read the latest alcohol profile by following the link below

Alcohol profile 2021

Physical activity

The Jersey Opinion and Lifestyle Survey (JOLS) asks individuals to rate their physical activity level using one of the following phrases: 

  • Very active
  • Fairly active
  • Not very active
  • Not at all active

Percentage of Jersey adults who rate their own physical activity level as either ‘very active’ or ‘fairly active’

 

Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

Diet

The Jersey Opinion and Lifestyle Survey (JOLS) asks individuals to report the number of portions of fruit or vegetables they eat per day. 

Percentage of Jersey adults that eat 5 or more portions of fruit or vegetables per day

 

Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

For more information see the latest obesity, diet and physical activity profile:

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