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Council takes steps to reduce obesity

Council takes steps to reduce obesity

11 April 2018

An event is being held in Scunthorpe to address obesity in North Lincolnshire and identify ways to get more people living healthy lifestyles. 

The North Lincolnshire Healthy Weight Healthy Lives stakeholder engagement event is on Thursday 12 April 2018 at the Learning Development Centre in Scunthorpe.

Healthy Weight Healthy Lives is a key local priority endorsed by the North Lincolnshire Health and Wellbeing Board. Our vision for North Lincolnshire is that:

  • All people in North Lincolnshire and their families experience the benefits of being a healthy weight.

  • North Lincolnshire is a place where healthy lifestyles are the normal way of life and where every adult and child is informed, able and motivated to make positive choices regarding nutrition and physical activity.

To help us achieve this vision, key stakeholders have been invited to the event to assist in finalising the local Healthy Weight Healthy Lives Strategy 2018-2020.

Keynote speaker, Dr David Broom, Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity, Health and Exercise Science and Postgraduate Research Tutor for Sport from Sheffield Hallam University, will provide those attending with a focus on physical activity and its importance.

At the event, the council will be joined by partners from NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Active Humber, local schools, Get Ahead Partnership and Living Streets.

To end the event, there will be a celebration of the Food in North Lincolnshire pledge, which aims to improve the food environment in the local area.

The celebration will endorse North Lincolnshire’s initial membership to the national Sustainable Cities Programme.

The national Sustainable Food Cities model was agreed and supported by the Health and Wellbeing Board in December 2017 as a way for North Lincolnshire to improve the availability of healthy, affordable and sustainably grown food to people that will benefit the local economy and environment.

Obesity is a leading cause of preventable illness, disability and premature death in the UK. Individuals who are overweight or obese are at greater risk of experiencing a wide range of health conditions including cardiovascular disease, type two diabetes and some cancers. Being overweight or obese reduces bother healthy life expectancy and overall life expectancy.

Obesity in North Lincolnshire poses a challenge, with a prevalence of overweight and obesity both in adults and children. In North Lincolnshire:

  • 66.9 per cent of adults (18 years-old and above) are overweight or obese, compared to 61.3 per cent nationally and 64.2 per cent regionally

  • 24.3 per cent of children (aged four to five) are overweight or obese, compared to 22.6 per cent nationally and 22.2 per cent regionally

  • 34.7 per cent of children (aged 10 to 11) are obese or overweight, compared to 34.2 per cent nationally and 34.6 per cent regionally

Cllr Julie Reed, cabinet member for Adults and Health said:

“We must take action and reduce the amount of people in North Lincolnshire and across the country who are overweight or obese. The North Lincolnshire Healthy Weight Healthy Lives Strategy aims to make provide support for people and their families to live healthier lifestyles.

“In North Lincolnshire we aim to prevent, halt and reduce the levels of overweight and obese adults and children, and empower individuals and communities to achieve and sustain a healthy weight. 

“We are working towards our vision through the strategy, ensuring effective local coordination of the wider Healthy Weight Healthy Lives agenda, which will be finalised at the stakeholder event.”

The Food in North Lincolnshire Partnership is a cross-sector partnership with representatives from the public, food industry, retail and voluntary sector aims to build on the significant amount of positive work already happening locally on healthy and sustainable food with the aim of improving the food environment and making healthy choices easier.

The Food in North Lincolnshire pledge has four areas:

  • Food for people

  • Food for the community

  • Food for the economy

  • Food for the place

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First Published:11 April 2018