Helping our children keep healthy and thriving is a big focus of our work today
We know that the impact of place is as important as individual choice. Both affect the strongest drivers of obesity - eating behaviour and physical activity.
The numbers point to a strong correlation between child obesity and inequalities. For us, the combined lens of urban living and deprivation is critical. These are key ingredients of ‘obesogenic environments’ – those that encourage people to eat unhealthily and not do enough exercise. We believe that improving these environments is crucial if we want to create a long-term sustainable impact and reduce childhood obesity in our local area.
We want to take a whole system, cross sector approach that focuses on creating environments that support and encourage healthy eating and everyday activity in the places that children of all ages spend their time: home, school and high streets and green spaces.
This stage of our programme is helping us explore some of the biggest questions around child obesity in our area, as well as test out a few potential solutions.
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Sarah Hickey, Head of Strategy and Programme Director