Local Authorities have taken the lead for tackling rising local obesity rates in England. This research aims to identify, map and explore the use of policy levers and interventions that can be used to influence population health change, in the common local food system across English Local Authorities (LA).
This will be done by developing an understanding of how LA policymakers in a range of sectors (e.g. PH, planning, licencing, environmental health, trading standards), and the public, interpret the problem of food and healthy diets, and the relationship to obesity and other health outcomes, at a local level.
Workshops will be used to involve practitioners in a range of LA sectors (e.g. planning, PH, environmental health, trading standards, licencing) and the public, to identify and map statutory and voluntary local levers that are, or could be used, to influence the local food environment for improving health outcomes.
Case study research of relevant LA and communities will be explored to identify the factors that led to successful outcomes and the challenges. The research will produce outputs relevant to LA practitioners to assist in the effective use of policy levers and to explore what additional powers or policies might be necessary for health-promoting change in local food systems.
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