PH42

Obesity - working with local communities (PH42)

  • Public health guidance PH42
  • Issued: November 2012
    • Obesity - working with local communities

      This guidance aims to support effective, sustainable and community-wide action to prevent obesity. It sets out how local communities, with support from local organisations and networks, can achieve this.

      For the purpose of this guidance, ‘local community’ refers to a group of people from the same geographic location that is not necessarily related to any official, administrative boundary.

      This guidance focuses on the prevention of overweight and obesity. The recommendations may also help people who are already overweight or obese to lose weight, or to prevent them from gaining further weight. It does not cover clinical management for people who are already overweight or obese.

      This guidance is for local policy makers, commissioners, managers, practitioners and other professionals working in local authorities, the NHS and the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors.

      The recommendations will also be of interest to academic organisations involved in designing and evaluating community-wide interventions to prevent and manage obesity, as well as members of the public.

      The 14 recommendations cover:

      • developing a sustainable, community-wide approach to obesity
      • strategic leadership
      • supporting leadership at all levels
      • coordinating local action
      • communication
      • involving the community
      • integrated commissioning
      • involving local businesses and social enterprises operating in the local area
      • local authorities and the NHS as exemplars of good practice
      • planning systems for monitoring and evaluation
      • implementing monitoring and evaluation functions
      • cost effectiveness
      • organisational development and training
      • scrutiny and accountability.

      This page was last updated: 23 December 2013

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Patient

The summary of the key recommendations in the guidance written for patients, carers and those with little medical knowledge and may be used in local patient information leaflets.

Quick Reference Guide

The quick reference guide presents recommendations for health professionals

NICE Guidance

The published NICE clinical guidance, contains the recommendations for health professionals and NHS bodies.

Full Guidance

The published full clinical guidance for specialists with background, evidence, recommendations and methods used.

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