Posted: Mon 28th Feb 2022

£13m package of funding as part of new plan to reduce and prevent obesity in Wales

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Feb 28th, 2022


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The Welsh Government have announced a £13 million package of funding to help reduce and prevent obesity.

It will support a range of prevention, early intervention and specialised services that will prevent and reduce obesity, particularly in areas of deprivation.

The funding, which features as part of the Welsh Government’s new Healthy Weight: Healthy Wales Delivery Plan for 2022-24, was announced by Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Lynne Neagle.

She confirmed details of the plan whilst joining children at Ysgol y Graig in Merthyr Tydfil, on the first day of Veg Power’s Eat Them to Defeat Them campaign.

Primary schools from across Wales are taking part in the five-week programme which will help them understand the importance of eating healthy foods in a fun way.

Enabling schools and other education settings to be places where physical and mental health are supported as a priority is a key part of the new delivery plan. There is a particular focus on early years and children, with local public health teams in Merthyr, Anglesey and Cardiff given funding to run three pilot Children and Families Programmes.

The programmes will work with schools and other local settings to deliver activities that support families to plan, prepare and cook healthier food.

Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Lynne Neagle

The next two years of Healthy Weight: Healthy Wales will also have a strong emphasis on recovery from the pandemic. We know that obesity has been a strong risk factor for serious illness, hospitalisation or death from COVID-19. This has brought into sharp focus the reasons why dietary and physical activity behaviours are vital to people’s overall health.

As part of the plan, a new All Wales Diabetes Prevention Programme will be rolled out to provide support, backed by £1m annual funding.

A public consultation will also be launched in the spring which will ask for public opinion on a range of measures which will include looking at price promotions, calorie labelling, planning, and licensing.

Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing Lynne Neagle, said: “We are ambitious for Wales to be one of the first countries to see a reduction in obesity. This is our second delivery plan for Healthy Weight: Healthy Wales and our focus is on prevention. The pandemic has brought about extra challenges and the new plan will reflect this.

|There is a clear link between obesity and deprivation. Obesity rates are around 7% higher in areas of high deprivation for children. We also know that this tracks into adulthood, with obesity being linked to higher rates of illness in those areas.

“We are determined to improve health inequalities and reducing obesity levels will go a long way to achieving that.”

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