Local partnership to promote healthy weight in Milton Keynes

Local partnership to promote healthy weight in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes City Council and Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have today jointly adopted the Local Authority and NHS Healthy Weight Declaration. This is only the second time that a council has partnered with the NHS on the initiative, following a joint adoption in the North East between Northumberland County Council, North Tyneside Council and Northumbria NHS Healthcare Foundation Trust in 2022.

This is only the second time that a council has partnered with the NHS on the initiative, following a joint adoption in the North East between Northumberland County Council, North Tyneside Council and Northumbria NHS Healthcare Foundation Trust in 2022. This takes the number of councils who have adopted the Declaration to 31, and the first in the East of England to do so.

In some parts of the country, almost half of children are overweight by the time they start secondary school. In Milton Keynes, the picture is better, but the partners aim to help local adults (of whom 26% live with obesity) and children (24% of 10/11-year-olds live with obesity) access heathier choices. The Milton Keynes Healthy Weight Declaration which makes this joint commitment was signed on Tuesday 19th March at Milton Keynes University Hospital.

The city council already funds important work to help local people access help and support to achieve a healthy weight, such as funding leisure facilities, and specific projects to help adults and children become more active including a new trial which uses wearable technology to track diabetes.

The university hospital also runs a number of initiatives including promoting nutritional and balanced meals to patients and to its workforce, even developing an allotment that will provide its on-site restaurant with a range of fresh ingredients.

Dr Robin Ireland, Director of Research at Food Active said:

“Congratulations to Milton Keynes City Council and Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for taking this stand. We all know how difficult it is to make the right choices when we are surrounded by less healthy food, the wrong advertising messages and when sugary drinks are cheaper than water. I am delighted that Milton Keynes City Council and Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are working together to do everything they can to help their residents, workers, patients and service users to eat healthier and be more active.”

Dr Ian Reckless, Chief Medical Officer at Milton Keynes University Hospital, said:

“We recognise the importance of maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet, alongside participating in regular exercise, in leading a happy and healthy lifestyle. As a hospital, it is crucial that we are working collaboratively with our partners across the city to ensure patients are offered the right information and support to make informed choices. We look forward to working alongside the City Council to drive forward this important programme.”

Cllr Jane Carr, Cabinet Member for Inequalities and Child Poverty, said:

“Children living with obesity are much more likely to live with obesity as adults, which increases the risk of serious conditions that impact quality of life. It is important to have this commitment to healthy weight at a council level to ensure healthy weight is considered in all local policies. I’m really pleased that we’ve joined our hospital colleagues by taking this step.”

 

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