Wednesday 29 November 2023
The Committee for Health & Social Care has today published the Healthier Weight Strategy 2023-2025. The Strategy refreshes and extends by two years the previous Healthy Weight Strategy and builds on its vision for the Bailiwick of Guernsey to be an environment where healthy eating and regular physical activity are accessible, affordable and normal for all in the community, alongside effective weight management services.
In 2016, the States approved the Healthy Weight Strategy 2016-2023. This Strategy had the following outcome focuses:
- Reducing obesity-related preventable mortality and prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes;
- Reducing the numbers of adults and children who are classified as having obesity or excess weight;
- Increasing the number of people eating a healthy diet;
- Increasing the number of people who are regularly physically active; and
- Increasing the number of people classified as having obesity or excess weight moving successfully to appropriate weight goals and maintaining them.
Following extensive engagement with stakeholders, the Strategy has been refreshed for a further two-year period, to bring it up to date with recent developments in the evidence base and local delivery mechanisms, most notably the formation of the Health Improvement Commission in 2018, and operational developments that Public Health Services and the Commission have commenced during the Strategy's previous term.
The refreshed Strategy has three coordinated pillars of work to meet the Strategy's objectives:
- Pillar 1. Creating the conditions for healthy eating in the Bailiwick.
- Pillar 2. Creating the conditions for more people to be more active more often.
- Pillar 3. Helping people to achieve and maintain a healthier weight.
While responsibility for the Strategy continues to sit with the Committee forHealth & Social Care, the wide and complex range of causes of obesity requires a similarly wide and comprehensive range of action, often outside of the health service. The Strategy pillars involve a blend of preventative and management actions, together with collaboration across a range of States services and extensive stakeholder engagement with private and charitable bodies, community groups and the general public.
Operational delivery of the Strategy is managed by Public Health's close partner, the Health Improvement Commission, which took over operational responsibility for the Healthier Weight and Substance Use strategies in 2018. The Commission's Eat Well, Be Active and Healthier Weight workstreams are directly related to the pillars of the Strategy. The implementation and management of the Strategy is overseen by the multidisciplinary Healthier Weight Technical Team.
Alex Hawkins-Drew, Associate Director of Public Health, said:
'Public Health has worked closely with the Health Improvement Commission to refresh the Strategy, and we look forward to continuing this strategic and operational collaboration to implement and deliver the actions.'
Ellie Gould, Healthier Weight Lead & Dietitian, said:
'We know that the wide ranging and complex causes of obesity are influenced by the environments in which we live and work. We want to create conditions in the Bailiwick that make healthier behaviors easier and empower people to make positive changes to their lives that will benefit their health and wellbeing. It is important too that people are provided with the right support services for them, at the times they need them, to enable them to move towards a healthier weight and improved health.'
The full Strategy can be accessed by via: gov.gg/healthierweightstrategy