York Councillors sign pledge to tackle obesity

Posted: Fri, 20 Dec 2019 09:00

York Councillors sign pledge to tackle obesity

City of York Councillors have signed a declaration to tackle obesity and implement new measures to help more people, young and old, live with a healthy weight.

At a decision session earlier this week, Cllr Ian Cuthbertson, Executive Member for Children and Young People and Cllr Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care signed the Local Government Declaration on Healthy Weight, building on existing work the council is doing, and agreed to set five key priorities:

  • Increasing sustainable and active travel, as part of our aim for York to become a carbon neutral city by 2030
  • Developing and implementing a Physical Activity and Sport Strategy for the city
  • Supporting the wellbeing and health of council staff
  • Working with Public Health England and neighbouring councils on using health evidence in planning decisions
  • Mobilising and promoting our community assets, such as York's vibrant community food programmes

The Local Government Declaration on Healthy Weight is underpinned by 14 standard commitments, including: encouraging responsible retailing, working to limit marketing of junk food to children, considering commercial partnerships, and increasing provision of healthy food and drink in public buildings.

Councillor Ian Cuthbertson, Executive Member for Children and Young People said: "Currently, around 1 in 4 five year olds, 1 in 3 eleven year olds and just under 2 in 3 adults in York are above a healthy weight.

"Healthy eating advice is important, but we know that the modern food environment doesn't always make it easy to opt for the healthy choice, or encourage us to take enough exercise. Today we are signalling our ambition for York to be a place where people are helped to live at a healthy weight."

Councillor Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care said: "Our Council Plan focuses on every person enjoying the best possible health and wellbeing throughout their life.

"Unhealthy weight can have an impact on someone's physical and mental health. This is why it is important we put in place measures to change the local environment so we can support people to live healthier lives, building on existing work taking place across the city. Signing the healthy weight declaration today is a really important step and sets out what we will be doing to help residents in the coming months."

North Yorkshire Sport are delighted to be supporting the work to encourage more people in the city to live with a healthy weight. We are particularly proud to be leading the development of the Physical Activity and Sport Strategy which has a strong theme around the benefits of being physically active in relation to a healthy weight. The strategy will be launched early 2020.

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