Have your say on new health initiative

Published January 20, 2017 at 12:52

Blackburn with Darwen Council is consulting with the public on a new health initiative.

As part of its upcoming ‘Eat Well, Move More, Shape Up’ health strategy, the Council is looking to adopt a charter further committing the organisation to promoting healthy weight in the borough.

The Local Authority Declaration on Healthy Weight is the work of the Food Active partnership – a collaborative programme made up of Public Health Directors across the North West.

It contains twelve common commitments that all Local Authorities that sign up to it agree to pursue, along with a set of themes specific to the local area.

And the Council is now consulting with members of the public on what priority areas people would like to see adopted as part of the charter.

Give your views via this survey until February 3.

The Eat Well, Move More, Shape Up strategy is a three-year strategy from Blackburn with Darwen Council to encourage residents to move more, eat well and maintain a healthy weight.

It aims to encourage positive lifestyle changes that enable local people to improve their health and wellbeing by supporting an environment where physical activity and healthy eating is the easy choice for everyone throughout their lives.

The strategy comes on the back of news that Blackburn with Darwen residents are making the borough the most active it has ever been, according to a new national survey.

The Council’s re:fresh programme alongside work from many community groups in the borough, such as the Couch to 5k and Witton Parkrun, have all played a significant part in promoting good physical health in recent years.

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