WholesystemObesity We are delighted to announce that North Kesteven District Council has been selected to take part in the prestigious ‘Whole Systems’ Approach to Obesity Pilot Programme. The other three successful councils are Durham County Council, Gloucestershire County Council, and London Borough of Lewisham. 60 local authorities bid to take part in the programme.

Public Health England (PHE), along with partners the Association of Directors of Public Health and the Local Government Association, is actively supporting the programme through an Advisory Group bringing together a wide range of interests and expertise. The programme is a key element of PHE’s drive to strengthen its approach to tackling and preventing obesity, and is aimed at creating a roadmap that will support and enable local authorities to make a major step change in their ability to tackle this challenging issue.

This is a major programme that aims to identify how local authorities can make greater in-roads into tackling obesity by taking a more ‘whole systems’ approach. In this three-year programme, North Kesteven will receive dedicated support from the Leeds Beckett University team to co-develop and test approaches. SLC worked closely alongside North Kesteven District Council’s Mike Lock, Leisure and Cultural Services Manager to develop the Council’s winning bid.

Duncan Wood-Allum who led SLC’s input said, “We have been working with NKDC on developing their Sports and Physical Activity Strategy with its partners. The timing of the pilot coincides with a number of exciting developments and investment in sport and physical activity across the District. We are very proud to be associated with such a forward thinking authority and congratulate them on such an outstanding achievement. The hard work starts now!”

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