Public Health Spotlight Local Authority Declaration on Healthy Weight

Public Health Spotlight Local Authority Declaration on Healthy Weight February 2019 Welcome to the third public health update for all of our elected members. This month we focus on the Local Authority Declaration on Healthy Weight and the work of our partnership group Eat Well Be Active (EWBA). Please help spread the word to residents in your wards to encourage involvement.

What is the Declaration?

The Declaration is designed to support local government in exercising their responsibility in developing and implementing policies that promote healthy weight. Why action is needed? Obesity is a serious Public Health problem for the borough and contributes significantly to poor health. Not only does obesity result in an increase in chronic disease, there are significant impacts on the broader economy of west Cheshire through disability and unemployment, putting a burden on the health and social care system.

Why action is needed?

Obesity is a serious Public Health problem for the borough and contributes significantly to poor health. Not only does obesity result in an increase in chronic disease, there are significant impacts on the broader economy of west Cheshire through disability and unemployment, putting a burden on the health and social care system.

What is Eat Well Be Active (EWBA)?

EWBA is our partnership group working on the eat well be active agenda.

Key statistics

In west Cheshire, over half of adults are an unhealthy weight. There are an estimated 176,970 residents aged 16 and over who are overweight or obese; around 64 per cent of the adult population.

Data from the National Child Measurement Programme for 2016/17 (the latest available) shows that in west Cheshire 20.6 per cent of reception children and 32.7 per cent of year six children have excess weight (overweight or obese).

Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Guidelines

By eating a healthy, balanced diet and undertaking regular exercise we can help avoid the negative impacts of obesity on our residents by preventing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers.

Evidence shows that those who meet the recommended levels of physical activity and healthy eating reduce their risk of developing common, obesity-related conditions.

Eat Well Key Messages: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/eight-tips-for-healthy-eating

Be Active Key Messages: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise

Cllr Jim McKechnie


Chairman and acting Clerk


Parkside House, Holmes Chapel Road, Sproston, CW4 7LP


01606 834306


clerk@sprostonparishcouncil.org.uk