London’s Great Weight Debate

In News by Suzanne Sinnott

Great-Weight-DebateResidents in Haringey are being encouraged to share their views on how children in the borough can be supported to lead healthier lives as part of a new London-wide initiative to tackle the obesity epidemic.

The Great Weight Debate (GWD) is a conversation to fully engage and involve Londoners in the future health of their children and galvanise wider social action. Families in Haringey are being made more aware of the challenges to healthier living while also feeding back their own ideas for changes that can be made at a community and London-wide level.

At Haringey Obesity Alliance’s ‘One Year On’ event in July 2016, we shared ideas and support for a healthier environment and heard about the conversations that have been taking place in our borough, including clips from Haringey pupils at Stamford Hill Primary School who told us what being healthy means to them.

The GWD took to the roads during the October half term with a roadshow across London. An interactive and educational travelling trailer visited Haringey and 7 other London boroughs to raise awareness on the scale of the problem. Parents and carers learned about healthy eating choices and kids were able to get involved in fun, physical activities encouraging them to lead an active lifestyle.

The Healthy London Partnership has made a call to get everyone to make pledges in support of tackling obesity. Make your pledge (external link).