Tools and Guidance

The Local Government Declaration on Healthy Weight.
In order to guide local authorities through the adoption process, including preparation of a launch event engagement of partners and process monitoring, we have developed a number of resources. We have also prepared a number of reports to share a range of case studies on the impact the Declaration has had locally, as well as Evaluation Reports.

Free to access resources

Briefing Paper: Why a Local Authority Declaration is Needed

An evidence briefing to underpin why a local authority declaration on healthy weight is needed.

Healthy Weight Declaration Impact and Influence Case Study Report

Find out more about how the Declaration has had impact across eight local authorities through a series of case studies.

Perspective Pieces Report

This report contains a set of interviews with stakeholders outside of public health to highlight the importance of adopting a whole systems approach to promoting healthy weight.

Blackpool Council Healthy Weight Declaration Evaluation

A qualitative evaluation of the impact of the Declaration within Blackpool council, with interviews from key stakeholders across the council.

Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Weight Declaration Evaluation

A qualitative evaluation was carried out to mark two years since the Declaration was signed by Blackburn with Darwen council, highlighting successes and areas for further action.

Commissioned resources and support

We also offer a comprehensive package of resources to support local authorities and their partners on a commissioning basis. These include:

Support pack

The support pack (third edition) provides an introduction to the HWD for local authorities, including a short history and evidence base.

Monitoring and Evaluation Tool

The monitoring and evaluation tool provides a step-by-step guide to using process monitoring methodology.

Partner Pledge Support Pack

The Partner Pledge has been co-developed with Cheshire West and Chester Council and their Eat Well, Be Active group. The pledge is a commitment that partner organisations can make to support their local authority’s Healthy Weight Declaration.

Schools Healthy Weight Declaration

The Schools Healthy Weight Declaration has been co-developed with a number of schools to help encourage schools to support their local authority’s Declaration.

Briefing series

A range of briefings for different stakeholders including Elected members, Transport, Environmental Health, Children’s Services and more to make the case for adopting the Local Government Declaration on Healthy Weight


A PowerPoint presentation providing an overview of the background of the Declaration, case studies, impact and overview of the available resources.

Communication guidelines

The communication guidelines consider the negative impact of weight stigma and provide clear do’s and don’ts for internal and external comms team.

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