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.
Explore our ground-breaking report on inner-city child obesity.
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Sarah Hickey, Head of Strategy and Programme Director