Securing commitment to a Local Authority Declaration on Healthy Weight in Blackpool
PHE ePoster Library. Donkin L. 09/13/16; 137961; 110
Lynn Donkin
Lynn Donkin
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Abstract Blackpool is amongst the most deprived local authority areas in the country with adult and child obesity rates above the national average. Child obesity rates are continuing to rise whereas national rates appear to have levelled off, therefore the health inequality gap is widening. Declarations offer a way to express explicit commitments to develop and implement policies which are aligned to particular issues and have been used effectively in the area of tobacco control. Officers from Blackpool council have worked with Food Active to contribute to the drafting of the Declaration. Local priorities were developed by the Healthy Weight Steering group and a period of engagement with key groups and stakeholders was undertaken. This included a debate at the Health and Wellbeing Board, and interactive sessions with the councils Elected Members, Directors and senior officers. In January 2016 Blackpool Council became the first authority in the country to sign up to the Local Authority Declaration on Healthy Weight. Child obesity is to be recognised as an explicit priority in the Children and Young People's Plan. The Declaration has already resulted in raising the issue of child obesity as a priority for local action. The town's Healthy Weight Strategy has been refreshed to incorporate the commitments in the Declaration and will include a range of actions such as developing supplementary planning guidance for hot food takeaways, broadening the reach of scheme to promote healthier choices in fast food outlets, and incentives for to stimulate healthier retail opportunities. External funding details None.
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