Much, much more action needed to address childhood obesity

We are used to health campaigners saying this, but when the CEO of Sainsbury’s says the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan doesn’t go far enough, we should probably stop and listen. We had to wait a long time for the much-anticipated

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Guest Blog: Blackpool’s Healthier Choices Award – Engagement of the Chinese Community

Nicky Dennison is a Senior Public Health Practitioner at Blackpool Council. The Healthier Choices Award was launched in January 2017, to support Blackpool Council’s vision to be “The UK’s number one family resort with a thriving economy that supports a

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New 2017 Health Profiles Data: a North West perspective

This July, new Health Profiles data for each local authority (LA) have been released for 2017. From previous years Health Profiles, we know that the North West of England scores poorly on numerous indicators compared to the national average. This

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Guest Blog: Lancashire – the first two-tier authority to adopt the Declaration

Paula Cooper is a Senior Public Health Practitioner for Lancashire County Council. Lancashire is one of the larger higher tier Local Authorities in England covering 12 District Local Council footprints with a mid-year 2016 population of 1,198,800. Overall, the percentage

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Guest Blog: Blackburn with Darwen’s Joint Declaration on Healthy Weight

Beth Wolfenden is the Public Health Development Manager for Blackburn with Darwen Council. Whilst Blackburn with Darwen (BwD) experiences similar obesity levels to the national average, the Authority has a higher than national average underweight population and very poor oral

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The New CAP Non-Broadcast Restrictions Q&A

Who are CAP? CAP stands for the Committee of Advertising Practice. They are a private organisation who are responsible for writing advertising codes in the UK. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) are the sister organisation who are responsible for enforcing

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Guest Blog: MakeLunch – the national initiative tackling Holiday Hunger

MakeLunch: 52,000 meals to tackle holiday hunger (and counting) When we sit down for our meal at Lunch Club, there are bowls of carrot batons, sticks of cucumber and lots of cherry tomatoes. It all disappears within a few minutes

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Guest Blog: Holiday Hunger in the UK

Andrew Forsey and Frank Field are the authors of the Hungry Holidays report by the All Parliamentary Group on Hunger. Frank Field is the Group’s Chair and MP for Birkenhead, serving as the Minister of Welfare Reform from 1997-1998. Andrew

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National Walking Month 2017 – advocating everyday walking

Living Streets is the charity for everyday walking and every May we celebrate National Walking Month. What sets us apart from other walking charities who encourage exploring our beautiful country by foot on long walking holidays, Living Streets advocates little

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Guest Blog: Men’s Health Week 2017 – the EuroFIT Project

Michael Viggars, Development Officer at European Healthy Stadia Network, has written a guest blog in support of this years Men’s Health Week, from the 12th-18th June. Public health professionals often describe middle-aged men as being ‘hard-to-reach’, lamenting traditional strategies for their

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