Haringey Obesity Alliance
- Haringey Obesity Alliance
- How does Haringey’s Obesity Alliance work?
- Why do we need an alliance against obesity?
- What is in the Haringey Obesity Alliance?
We know that tackling obesity is complex and evidence suggests that any single intervention is unlikely to be effective on its own. The Foresight Tackling Obesities systems map (external link - PDF, 10MB) identifies over a hundred contributing factors.
Haringey is tackling obesity by developing a whole systems approach (PDF, 450KB) which includes a strong place based approach to the built environment. This includes a range of population level interventions which rely less on conscious choices by individuals and more on changes to the environment and society norms through strong healthy public policy that promotes behaviour change.
The Haringey Obesity Alliance is a group of local organisations committed to working together to reduce obesity.
Comprised of local schools, the NHS, businesses and the voluntary sector, the Haringey Obesity Alliance is helping to make Haringey a healthier place where fewer people are overweight or obese.
Chaired by Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, the alliance aims to coordinate efforts to fight obesity to ensure it has the greatest possible impact locally.
The alliance will report its progress Haringey’s Health and Wellbeing Board on a regular basis.
Across the world obesity has more than doubled since 1980. Haringey is no exception to this problem. Over half of all adults and one in three 10 and 11 year olds living in the borough are now classed as obese or overweight.
Being obese has serious implications for individual’s health. Obese people are at greater risk of developing long term health conditions and have lower life average life expectancies than the rest of the population.
Among school children there is a clear link between obesity and low educational attainment. And for public services trying to cope in already difficult circumstances, obesity presents a costly drain on resources. In Haringey alone obesity is estimated to cost the NHS more than £81 million each year.
Reducing obesity will require persistent effort to bring about sustained change, creating a healthier Haringey where the healthier choice is the easy choice. In Haringey we’re working hard to reverse this trend but we recognise that this problem is too large for any one organisation to solve on its own. By coming together in an Alliance, we can boost organisation’s efforts through providing a platform and forum for partners to advocate, develop and coordinate activities and projects.
The Haringey Obesity Alliance therefore brings together likeminded organisations and individuals into a single, coordinated partnership to collectively combat obesity in Haringey.
Working together the alliance will support people to eat better, be more physically active and help to create an environment creating an environment where it is easier for people to make healthier choices.
Every member of the Haringey Obesity Alliance pledges to take positive and decisive action to encourage healthier living in Haringey.
Below is a full list of members of the alliance:
- Tottenham Hotspur Foundation
- Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group
- Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust
- North Middlesex Hospital Trust
- Whittington Health
- Homes for Haringey
- St Mungo's Broadway
- Devonshire Hill Primary School
- Earlsmead School
- Rokesley Junior School
- Woodside High School
- Haringey Play Association
- Chicken Town
- The College of Contemporary Health
- Council of Asian People
- Embrace UK
- Growing in Haringey
- Jacksons Lane Theatre
- Just Add Spice
- Home-Start Haringey
- Living Under One Sun
- London Fire Brigade
- Mind in Haringey
- Sanctuary Housing Association
- Hornsey Housing Trust
- Lordship Lane Primary School
- Family Mosaic
For details of how you can apply to join please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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