Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Eat Well Be Active group officially launch the Healthy Weight Declaration ‘Partner Pledge’

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Eat Well Be Active group officially launch the Healthy Weight Declaration ‘Partner Pledge’

Food Active are delighted to announce the launch of the Healthy Weight Declaration Partner Pledge, with Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Eat Well Be Active becoming the first partners to pledge their support.

The launch event for the Partner Pledge was held today (Thursday 9th January), where the Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cllr Louise Gittins, members of the Eat Well Be Active[i] group and representatives from Food Active came together to pledge further commitment towards promoting healthy weight across the borough.

The Partner Pledge contains a set of commitments which organisations will pledge to work towards to impact not only on the health and wellbeing of their staff and clients, but also the wider community. The pledge aims to support the actions of West Cheshire Council’s Declaration on Healthy Weight (adopted in February 2019) and strengthens group’s commitment to working with and supporting the Council to promote healthy weight.

Members of the Eat Well Be Active group who have today pledged their support include:

  • Active Cheshire
  • Brio Leisure
  • Chester School Sport Partnership
  • Edsential
  • Ellesmere Port School Sports Partnership
  • Healthbox
  • The Mersey Forest
  • The Welcome Network
  • Vale Royal School Sport Partnership

The Healthy Weight Declaration[ii] was launched by Food Active in 2015 and has now been signed by 21 local authorities across England – ranging from Cumbria all the way down to Devon. To find out all the latest updates on the Declaration, follow this link.

In 2018, it was suggested that adopters of the Declaration would be interested in helping to engage with local partners to help support joint-working and adopting a whole systems approach to promoting healthy weight. The idea of the Partner Pledge was thus born, and Food Active would like to thank members of the Eat Well Be Active group in their ideas and feedback that were integral development of the pledge, commitments and support pack. We are delighted that today they are signing the Partner Pledge as a group at the official launch.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of the Council and Chair of Eat Well Be Active, said:

“Having more partners show their support to the Council’s Healthy Weight Declaration represents another significant step in our joint efforts to promote healthy weight in west Cheshire.

As the chair of the Eat Well Be Active Group, I know how important and useful partnership working can be in driving change and improving the health and wellbeing of our residents. It is fantastic to see all of our members pledging their commitment to promoting healthy weight in their establishments, and working to support the council with their ambitions too.”

Matthew Philpott, Executive Director at Food Active, said:

“It’s reassuring to see west Cheshire’s continued commitment to promoting healthy weight. Today’s launch of the partner pledge highlights the flexibility of the Healthy Weight Declaration, allowing partners to unite and tackle obesity.

Together we can support residents, employees, service users and patients, schools, businesses and other organisations. Signing this pledge signals a determination to support local communities to make healthier lifestyle choices easier.”

Clare Olver from Mersey Forest and Vice Chair of Eat Well Be Active said:

“We are delighted to show our support to the council’s Healthy Weight Declaration and by pledging to our own commitments to support better health and wellbeing within our own establishment.

We believe that only by working together can we truly start to have a positive impact on the residents of west Cheshire. We all have a responsibility and a role to play to help more residents maintain a healthy weight and today marks our continued commitment to this.”

How can I get involved?

If you are an organisation operating within Cheshire West and Chester, and would like to show your support by signing the Partner Pledge, please contact

If you are an organisation operating outside of Cheshire West and Chester and are interested in finding out more about the Partner Pledge, please contact

If you are a local authority interesting in finding out more about the Local Government Declaration on Healthy Weight and Partner Pledge, please contact

You can take a look at the Executive Summary of the Partner Pledge here.



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