by Beth Bradshaw | 9 April, 2019 9:08 am
Richard Merrifield is a Advanced Public Health Practitioner at Devon County Council, whose background includes delivering and managing lifestyle services. As an Exercise Professional, Richard has a history of delivering exercise referral schemes in East Devon and Torbay. Now at Devon County Council Richard works with colleagues, 8 District Councils and many other stakeholders in delivering Public Health initiatives at population scale. The Healthy Weight Declaration will add value to the well established Sugar SMART campaign that Devon County Council launched 2017.
Devon County Council serves a population of 760,000 residents and is the largest local authority area in the South West. Devon is a two-tier local government, with the County Council working with 8 District Councils.
Over 50 delegates from across Devon attended the Devon Healthy Weight Summit in November 2018. Representatives from district councils, leisure services, food suppliers, transport providers, elected members, midwifery, environmental health officers, early years providers and Primary Care were all in attendance.
At the event we showcased the Healthy Weight Declaration and included presentations on Whole Systems approach, Sugar SMART, Infant Feeding and Midwifery led physical activity programmes. The audience engaged in several table top discussions which led to the development of new relationships and ideas for creating healthier places in Devon.
In February 2019 we asked the stakeholders to share their actions and plans with us to help understand the impact of the Summit. We have over 40 workstreams that have been initiated because of the Summit. Devon County Council is pursuing the adoption of the Healthy Weight Declaration and a multi-agency group in North Devon led by Dr.Simon Jones are planning on taking a Whole Systems approach for the town of Barnstaple.
The journey so far:
For more details of the Devon Healthy Weight Summit event please visit:
http://www.devonhealthandwellbeing.org.uk/library/prof/healthy-weight-declaration/ or contact Richard.Merrifield@devon.gov.uk
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