Bexley Obesity Strategy
This Bexley Obesity Strategy includes the Council, NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and wider NHS, community and voluntary sector groups and residents as equal stakeholders. For it to succeed each must fully play their part.
It is the result of the Council and the CCG agreeing in 2018 to develop an ambitious whole system Obesity strategy, sponsored by Bexley’s Health and Wellbeing Board.
The draft strategy is the result of consultations, coupled with data and policy research.
The strategy is critical to turning the tide on Bexley’s increasing obesity epidemic and aims to -
- Shape the built environment to foster healthy lifestyles: Actions that increase the availability of healthy foods and inspire people and communities to do more physical activity.
- Support a community culture that sees healthy eating and physical activity as the norm: This recognises the value of community settings and institutions and the importance of embedding healthy behaviours into cultural norms in places such as workplaces, schools, colleges and community spaces. Emphasis is also put on recognising the social value in policy planning and commissioning of services.
- Prompt individuals to make healthier lifestyle choices: This reflects the need to continue screening and providing individual support to people to help them to manage their weight, from universal to targeted services that enable people to take ownership of their own health and wellbeing.
The Council is interested in Bexley resident’s views both generally in terms of what we can all do to address obesity in the Borough, and specifically in terms of what is in (or missing from) the Strategy.
You can shape this work by reading the draft Strategy below and completing our online survey.