Back in February, I posted the brilliant news that Nottinghamshire County Council had been chosen as a pilot area for the discovery phase of the childhood obesity Trailblazer Programme, after its application was successful out of 100 across England. This was a brilliant achievement, as funding was awarded to councils that came up with forward-thinking ideas.
Great to hear this week that NCC is one of five local councils to be awarded £100,000 a year over a 3-year period, which will help them to test and refine their ideas for addressing childhood obesity and health inequalities.
The Department of Health and Social Care, the Local Government Association and Public Health England (PHE) are supporting the councils to trial new programmes in their areas, which could help shape future national policy.
The Trailblazer Programme forms part of the second chapter of the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan which was published in June 2018. The plan outlines the Government’s 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.
Additionally, I was pleased to be able to talk to a Youth Advisory Panel recently at a reception with the Sport and Recreation Alliance to discuss ideas about how to get children active.
It was really beneficial to hear directly from young people about what they want to do, rather than imposing certain activities. I also enjoyed hearing about the Sport & Recreation Alliance's research into inactivity. There's a lot to be done to get our children active!