The Royal Society of Public Health will use data sets to rank our high streets according to how obesogenic they are, gaining insights into areas including walkability, green space and food retail outlets. We are doing this to learn more about which of our high streets might need the most support, and to learn which are performing particularly well across these areas. The data will help us to focus and direct our funded activities in 2019-20 and will also act as a baseline measurement that we may repeat in subsequent years.
July - August 2018
July - August 2018
High streets or wards can be ranked based on the scoring developed for food and activity environment.
This work will build on RSPH’s original Health on the High Street report which sought to identify positive steps different stakeholders can take to make high streets more health promoting. This follow-up report will analyse a more granular level of data, which will be specifically childhood obesity focused.
The work will identify local high streets and highlight which retail outlets should be included in the research, with a specific focus on environments that impact the most on childhood obesity.
RSPH will then map other determinants of childhood obesity to be included in the research and develop a scale to rate each outlet on how it impacts on the issue. The report, to be published in January 2019, will include a ranking of Lambeth and Southwark high streets based on how obesogenic they are using the scoring developed for both food and activity environments.
This work will be used to inform areas of focus for our childhood obesity programme in 2019/2020. We also see potential for longevity and impact measurement, as the work can be repeated to monitor progress and used to better understand how high streets can become more health promoting.
Childhood obesity is one of our key health priorities for the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark because we know it’s a complex and growing issue in our areas. Local Government Association data shows that:
We’re partnering with RSPH on this research because we know that one of the key factors affecting childhood obesity is the built environment and how it supports or hinders healthy choices. The 'street' (retail spaces, cafés and takeaways, parks and green spaces) is an important element of this.
We are developing a pipeline of work focused on making high streets in Lambeth and Southwark healthier. We want to better understand which streets in our boroughs are the most and least health promoting, as well as where there may be outliers.
Working with RSPH to analyse the healthiness of high streets within our childhood obesity corridor will help us to focus our work, monitor our progress, and learn from high streets that are doing well.
We’re working with RSPH as a national and strategic partner to help us share these insights and amplify our work on the issue of childhood obesity. RSPH is an independent health education charity, dedicated to protecting and promoting the public’s health and wellbeing. It produces a wide variety of public health conferences, publishes the Public Health journal and undertakes research developing policy and campaigns to raise awareness of health issues.
This project will enable us to better focus our work and direct our funding, as well as understand more about why some high streets are more health promoting or less obesogenic than others.
It may be that we try to cross-pollinate across high streets to help improve the least health promoting high streets. It is also an opportunity for us to capture useful baseline information to inform our work.
We see this research as a starting point, and an example of analysis that could be revisited to see what has changed, and what impact our work has had in a few years’ time. The framework of RSPH research and data collection can also be shared with others as a useful tool for undertaking similar work in other areas.
A final report will be published in January 2019.
Portfolio Manager: Jessica Attard