A partnership taking action to change the environments in the capital that promote poor nutrition and little movement
The London Childhood Obesity Taskforce is an initiative driven by the Greater London Authority (GLA) in collaboration with Public Health England (PHE) and the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH). We are lead partner in the Taskforce, contributing strategic support and funding.
The Taskforce is taking an action-focused approach to address the factors that create obesogenic environments (those that encourage obesity). It will work in collaboration with others to ensure decisions and recommendations for action are impactful and addresses issues raised in the Mayor's Health Inequalities Strategy.
The Taskforce was announced in March 2018, with Paul Lindley as its Chair and Corinna Hawkes as Vice Chair.
The Taskforce aims to create a culture of dispersed leadership around the issue of childhood obesity, inspiring all Londoners to take responsibility and accountability for leadership on this issue, so that every London child has every opportunity to enjoy a healthy weight. By co-creating an action plan with children and young people - ensuring the reality of their lives is central to its themes - the Taskforce will realise its ambition through:
The Taskforce's aspiration is that, by 2030, there will be a radical difference to how we all live - having fundamentally shifted our norms, values and attitudes to diet, activity and weight from what they were at the start of the Taskforce's work.
July 2017 - January 2018 - Development of the Taskforce
January 2018 - July 2018 - Recruitment of members
August 2018 - January 2019 - Launch of Taskforce and development of action plan
February 2019 - November 2020 - Implementation of action plan
From December 2020 - Evaluation and forward planning
By joining forces with others in the Taskforce, we look to drive forward change in the capital that can support our goal of closing the child obesity 'deprivation gap' we see in our communities and beyond.
02 May, 2019
As an urban health foundation, we explore how living in cities impacts on people’s health and wellbeing. We use our own insights and learn from others, identifying what works to inform practice and policy.
30 April, 2019
Our Neighbourhood Schemes focus on driving change around a health issue within a small geography or defined community, targeting the issue from many angles.
27 July, 2018
Our work tackling child obesity in the street environment