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Obesity: Bexleyheath

Health written question – answered on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Conservative, Bexleyheath and Crayford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to help tackle obesity in (a) adults and (b) children in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

Measures to tackle obesity at the local level are a matter for prioritisation by local national health. service organisations, the Government have published “Healthy Lives, Healthy People: A call to action on obesity in England”. This sets out how obesity will be tackled in the new public health and NHS systems, and the role of key partners.

The “Call to action” sets out a new national ambition to create a downward trend in excess weight in children and adults by 2020. Localism is at the heart of the new approach and local leadership will be important in preventing and tackling obesity. There will be a new ring-fenced public health budget for local areas, and continued investment in key programmes such as Change4Life.

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