NEW: Healthy Weight Declaration Impact and Influence Case Study Report

NEW: Healthy Weight Declaration Impact and Influence Case Study Report

Food Active are delighted to present our new report, ‘Healthy Weight Declaration: Impact and Influence Case Study Report’ which provides insight into the impact and influence the Declaration has had within different councils, each with their own political structures, priorities, barriers and opportunities.


Launched on the day of the ‘Healthy Weight in all Policies, Two Years On’ conference, this report is a clear display of the progress made at local level with eight fantastic case studies from the following areas, discussing the following themes:

  • Blackburn with Darwen Council has built upon strong leadership and partnerships to enable them to successfully bring in funding for projects to support healthier food environments and physical activity.
  • Blackpool Council has used the declaration to ensure obesity is on everyone’s agenda; engaging departments in the council, partners in the NHS, third sector and businesses.
  • Devon County Council has used the declaration to forge relationships with other council departments including waste services and trading standards. They have also used it as an opportunity to engage with Elected Members and have recruited five champions.
  • Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council has worked with partners to develop a Healthy Catering Framework, which includes vending machine guidance and a hydration policy for care and residential settings.
  • Lancashire County Council has used the declaration to work with other departments on agendas which can also impact on healthy weight, for examples air quality and safer travel, which also supporting their district councils to adopt their own Healthy Weight Declaration.
  • Leeds City Council has used the declaration to improve the food environment, in particular it has helped to inform the re-procurement of the Council’s vending which now includes health promotion standards based on the Governments Buying Standards for food.
  • Liverpool City Council used the support and buy-in for the declaration to kick-off the whole-systems mapping work., building upon the engagement and partnerships that were already in place.
  • Sefton Council has used the declaration to restrict hot food takeways from opening. They did this via a supplementary planning document and have already seen success with two applications being refused.

Food Active would like to thank all of the contributors to this report, who without their efforts and commitments within their own councils, the success and momentum of the HWD would not be where it is today.

You can view and download the report via the link below.

Healthy Weight Declaration Impact and Influence Case Study Report

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