Really positive news this week that Nottinghamshire will be a pilot area for the Department of Health's new 'Trailblazer' Programme that will work with local authorities to combat childhood obesity, after it was selected as one of 13 areas out of over 100 applications.
The Programme forms part of the second chapter of the Government's Childhood Obesity Plan which was published in June 2018, and is one of the measures that will help us to meet the bold national ambition to halve childhood obesity and significantly reduce the gap in obesity between children from the most and least deprived areas by 2030.
In partnership with the Local Government Association, the Trailblazer Programme will work closely with local authorities to:
- Test the limits of existing powers through innovative and determined action to tackle childhood obesity.
- Share learning and best practice to encourage wider local action.
- Develop solutions to local obstacles and consider further actions government can take to enable ambitious local action and achieve changes at scale.
This also comes with significant funding to help test what can be achieved within the existing powers that Councils have... I'm looking forward to seeing positive results for Mansfield!