Bristol City Council adopts the Healthy Weight Declaration, with Partner Pledges signed by five local NHS organisations

Bristol City Council adopts the Healthy Weight Declaration, with Partner Pledges signed by five local NHS organisations

Today (Wednesday 5th February), Bristol City Council officially adopted Food Active’s Local Government Declaration on Healthy Weight at a launch event with over 150 people in attendance.

The council’s Declaration was supported by Partner Pledges from five local NHS organisations, including Sirona Health and Care CiC, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG, North Bristol NHS Trust and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust . Signing of the Declaration is helping to drive the ‘One City Approach’ to improving levels of healthy weight in the city, working in all sectors and with partners all across Bristol.

Mayor Marvin Rees said:

“Work is already taking place to make the city environment more health conscious and ensure healthy choices are on offer no matter where you live. Bristol’s ‘Going for Gold’ campaign – a city-wide effort to make significant improvements to the way we grow, buy and eat food in Bristol with a focus on sustainability was recently voted a City Office priority for 2020. Meanwhile the Bristol Eating Better awards scheme is also encouraging Bristol’s takeaway and restaurant sector to offer healthier options with the goal of over 50% of fast food outlets in the city selling healthy alternatives by 2022.”

Where people live, work, shop, go to school and exercise all play an important role in their weight. As part of this new initiative, Bristol City Council has committed to taking action as a whole-city. Rather than telling citizens what to do to maintain a healthy weight, the focus of the Healthy Weight Declaration is to create environments which make it easy for people – regardless of age, background, circumstance or where they live – to access affordable, healthy and sustainable food as well as an active lifestyle.

Councillor Asher Craig, Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health, said:

“Often there are many reasons why someone might struggle to maintain a healthy weight and it can be a very complex picture. There are many pinch points in our lives – whether it’s the vending machine you walk past every morning, the struggle to find time to exercise or how you react to stress. There’s no single solution so this needs to be on everyone’s agenda if things are to change. By joining up with other local authorities through Food Active’s work we now have a central focus for many different departments across the council to unite behind and can learn from expertise nationally.”

Food Active’s Director of Research Robin Ireland was in attendance and delivered a speech to congratulate the council and highlight the need to continue the momentum. Bristol is now the second local authority to adopt the Declaration in the South West, brining the tally of adoptees up to a fantastic 23.

Robin Ireland, Director of Research at Food Active, said:

“I am delighted that Bristol City Council are taking a lead on addressing healthy weight. It is also very pleasing to see a wide range of NHS partners who will join with the Council to help to create healthier environments in the city for local communities, staff and patients alike. Organisations need to look at their policies to see what they can do to support healthier eating and active travel”.

If you would like to get in touch to find out more about how the Declaration could be adopted in your local authority, please contact info@foodactive.org.uk or call 0151 237 2686.


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