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UK bidding for healthy towns

9th June 2008

Health minister Dawn Primarolo has said that towns in England will be able to bid for a maximum of £5 million to improve the health of the people living in them.

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The Healthy Communities Challenge Fund, which has received £30 million in funding, will invite each town in England to generate ideas about making residents' health better.

The Healthy Towns plan is the next stage of the Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives scheme, which was launched at the beginning of 2008 to tackle obesity.

Statistics show that nearly two thirds of adults and a third of children are either overweight or obese.

Health Minister, Ben Bradshaw said: "Every area in England can now bid to become a healthy town. I want to see some really innovative ideas which will help tackle our nation's weight problem."

"I hope that local authorities and PCTs will take ownership of the challenge of obesity in their areas and work towards making their communities healthier places for everyone."

He added that solving the problem of obesity was a serious undertaking and people ate too much and did not do enough exercise.

He saids it was "difficult to avoid obesity in the modern world".

Towns which are successful in their bid will be given the title of "Healthy Towns". They will be selected on the basis of a two stage process.

 

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