Local Authority Declaration on Healthy Weight

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Food Active has designed the Local Authority Declaration on Healthy Weight to support local government to exercise their responsibility in developing and implementing policies which promote healthy weight.  The declaration which requires senior level local authority commitment encapsulates a vision to promote healthy weight and improve the health and well-being of the local population

The story so far…

The Health Equalities Group has over 12 years’ experience of working in tobacco control in the North West and we regularly draw on this in the design and delivery of our healthy weight campaign, Food Active.


Working with our public health and academic partners, we wanted to see if there could be a Healthy Weight equivalent of the Local Authority Declaration on Tobacco Control. Thus in August 2014, Food Active invited Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) to give a presentation in Manchester around their own experience of local authority engagement. The conclusion was that yes, a Local Authority on Healthy Weight could work, and, after consultation with a number of local authority teams and other colleagues, work began on the initial draft document.


What has now become the Food Active Local Authority Declaration on Healthy Weight has gone through many iterations and discussions, with input from colleagues across public health, academics and policy makers.


The final declaration has been endorsed by national organisations; North West Regional Association of Directors of Public Health, British Dental Association, Children’s Food Campaign and UK Health Forum.


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Healthy Weight Declaration Update at Public Health England North West Network Meeting

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

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