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We have committed to tackling obesity

23 March 2018

We've committed to signing a declaration to show our dedication to promoting healthy weight.

At a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday councillors agreed to sign the Cumbria Healthy Weight Declaration, along with other local authorities in the county, at an event in Penrith today (Friday).

The Cumbria Healthy Weight Summit will be attended by representatives from each authority in the region and marks the beginning of increased partnership working to tackle overweight and obesity levels in Cumbria.

The healthy weight statement is individually owned by each council and shows a commitment to lowering unhealthy weight numbers by helping residents make healthier choices.

According to the latest statistics from Public Health England nearly two-thirds of adults in England are overweight or obese.

South Lakeland is rated better than the national average but more than half of the adult population, over 45,000, and 5,680 children are estimated to be overweight or obese in the district.

As part of the declaration we will look to develop and implement a variety of healthier policies, something we have already taken steps to achieve following our commitment to the Refill campaign.

The campaign aims to reduce single-use plastic bottle pollution and promote healthy lifestyles by improving access to free drinking water.

Since the beginning of March a water dispenser has been located in the reception area of South Lakeland House in Kendal, that people can use to fill a reusable drink container.

Councillor Philip Dixon, our portfolio holder for public health and wellbeing, said: “It is our aspiration, our policy, that people will enjoy the benefits of healthy weight.

“It is important that we as a council take a stand on this issue and this declaration will help to underpin many of the things that we will say and do.”   

The declaration was developed by Health Equalities Group’s Food Active project and has been adopted by a variety of local government authorities across the country.

Ourselves, Cumbria County Council, Allerdale Borough Council, Barrow Borough Council, Carlisle City Council, Copeland Borough Council and Eden District Council will sign the declaration at today’s event.

Pictured from left are Councillor Philip Dixon, our chief executive Lawrence Conway and our leader Councillor Giles Archibald, following Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting in Kendal.

Healthy Weight Initiative