Healthy weight strategy

The Healthy Weight Strategy 2016-2020 sets out our plans to tackle one of the biggest preventable health challenges the borough faces.

The strategy’s vision is that Barking and Dagenham will be a place where residents can make a change to enable them to achieve or maintain a healthy weight.

The strategy will achieve this by addressing four action points:

  1. Enable families and individuals to take responsibility for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
  2. Make an active lifestyle and healthy eating the easier choice.
  3. Address causes that put particular groups of families and individuals at a greater risk of obesity.
  4. Ensure the built and natural environment support families and individuals to be more healthy and active.

Achievement of these four ‘to do’s’ will involve action across all stages of life, from childhood into adulthood, in line with the borough’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

An action plan is in place to deliver on the aims of the strategy.

The strategy and action plan was developed by the Healthy Weight Alliance, a multidisciplinary group of officers from the council and partners, and is overseen by the borough’s Health and Wellbeing Board.