Euro MP and local action against obesity

 

Labour MEP Glenis Willmott will hear at first hand some of the initiatives being undertaken by local organisations to reduce obesity, and will outline some of the work she is involved in at European level in the area of public health, when she meets members of the Platform for Health and Wellbeing this Friday.

 The visit, hosted by founding Platform member Slimming World, will take place between 1.00 and 4.00 pm on Friday 29 June 2012 at the company’s headquarters on Clover Nook Road, Somercotes, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 4RF.

The Platform for Health and Wellbeing is a public health approach working to reduce obesity in local communities.  Its members, from the public, private, and voluntary sectors, make voluntary commitments which encourage and enable behaviour change. Ultimately, it is about getting more people to be a healthy weight, to move more and eat well.

A variety of local organisations across the region are involved, ranging from Nottingham Trent university, to Slimming World, to the Soil Association. Examples of local schemes include the ‘Me Sized Plate’ scheme in Lincolnshire, the workplace challenge in Leicestershire & Rutland, and support for village games in Derbyshire.

Glenis explained. “I hope that the visit will be a two way process. On the one hand I’m looking forward to hearing about action on the ground here in the East Midlands which individual organisations are undertaking to address the obesity problem. At the same time, I will be explaining what the European Union is doing in terms of overall policy to address this and other public health issues.

“If you look at the rise in obesity, which the World Health Organisation describes as one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century, we need to work at a European level.  So much of our legislation on food and nutrition labelling is made in Brussels that it would be stupid not to.

“But we have to tie in EU action with activities, campaigns and initiatives taken in local communities, which is why the work being undertaken by Platform members is so important.

“The event on Friday is an opportunity to learn together about various aspects involved in addressing the obesity epidemic.”

Dr Jacquie Lavin who leads Slimming World’s involvement in the Platform for Health and Wellbeing says: “Obesity impacts on all our lives. By working with other employers, organizations and health professionals across the East Midlands Slimming World aims to offer sustainable and practical solutions to help people to lose weight as well as helping to reduce ill health and absenteeism through better health and wellbeing.”

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