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Blair urges healthy living

26th July 2006

26072006_weight_watchers1.jpgIn the second of  Our Nation's Future series of speeches, the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, will highlight the dividing line between the role of the State and that of the citizen, looking at ways of improving public health through healthy living.

Tony Blair will say that people should take responsibility for their own health, losing weight if necessary. Focusing on obesity, which costs the NHS £2.6 billion a year, he will say that people should do more by resisting junk food and taking exercise.
 
He will insist that the Government cannot make choices for people, saying that there is a need to tackle health issues such as obesity, smoking and lack of exercise, which, if prevented, could relieve some of the pressure on the NHS.

Mr Blair will also look at ways of promoting healthy living, reflecting on the role of the State in social progress.

The expert papers which have informed the PM on public health can be found at http://www.pm.gov.uk/output/Page9700.asp
 
 

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