Greenwich Council

Decision details.

Motion - "Obesity"

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Resolved –


This Council supports and applauds the excellent work to promote healthy eating and good food awareness which already exists in our schools, Children’s Centres, Community Centres and youth organisation.


This Council is also pleased to be using the Government Sugar Smart initiative, and we are working hard to support the success of the sugar tax levy used to directly reward establishments involved in monitoring and limiting the amount of sugar products available.


We are one of the most proactive councils in London in terms of embracing initiatives in order to improve the lives of our residents.


However, this Council also recognises that the obesity agenda is now of major concern nationally.


Recent figures show Greenwich has a steadily rising percentage of children & young people with obesity, and therefore at risk of diabetes.


We recognise we need to take even more action to improve this situation.


This motion proposes that vending machines found in our Leisure Centres, libraries and community centres should contain only healthy snack options. Water and sugar free drinks and sugar free snacks.


This motion also asks that future high street developments need closer scrutiny in terms of number of fast food outlets and those establishments offering only sugar deserts on their menu.


This motion calls on Council to review policy in terms of these two major issues.


We cannot expect the excellent work in our schools alone to make the lifestyle differences unless we address the environment which provides too much easily accessible unhealthy food options.

Publication date: 31/01/2019

Date of decision: 30/01/2019

Decided at meeting: 30/01/2019 - Council

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