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01 November 2011

Food, Physical Activity and Health Platform welcomes eight new members

East Midlands Platform on Food, Physical Activity and Health are holding their next Members meeting at the British Gas, The Energy Academy, Conference Centre in Leicester 1st November 2011.  

The meeting will welcome new members, share and discuss commitments & progress, and  an update on issues around health and work and the Responsibility Deal.

The meeting will be Chaired by Cllr David Parsons CBE, Chair of East Midlands Platform on Food, Physical Activity and Health and Leader of Leicestershire County Council.

He said of the meeting: “I am impressed with the progress the Platform is making on promoting health issues in both the work place and local communities.

“I welcome our new Members: Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport, GEM Vending, University of Nottingham (Division of Nutritional Sciences), Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (DCHS), University of Derby, Wilkinson, NHS Lincolnshire and Loughborough College. Some of the commitments from our new Members are focussed on promoting a healthier life style for the younger community where there are increasing problems. I am sure all of our new Members will get great benefits from the Platform.

“Our soap box debate on whether to introduce a Fat Tax on food will also create interest.

“The Platform is very grateful to British Gas for hosting us today.”

  • Britain has the highest rates of obesity in Europe
  • Women in the East Midlands have higher rates of obesity than the national average
  • Obesity levels for children almost double between ages 4-5 and 10-11 years in our region 
  •  Obesity reduces life expectancy by 9 years
  • If current trends continue, 9 out of 10 adults in the UK will be overweight or obese by 2050

The East Midlands Platform on Food, Physical Activity and Health is a collective of organisations from the private, public and voluntary sectors working together as a movement to create change.

We are unique - the only local area to have a Platform specifically to tackle obesity in Europe

Our aim to halt/reduce the rising levels of overweight and obesity in the East Midlands through voluntary commitments and collective actions of our members

Our members are listed on our website

You can contact us on Tel 07930 386 781 e-mail

Summary of members commitments who joined November 1st 2011

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport - Active Together Workplace Challenge Business Games.

GEM Vending - Increase and raise nutritional awareness.

University of Nottingham (Division of Nutritional sciences) - Research to gain understanding of factors which contribute to weight gain in young mothers and their infants.

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (DCHS) - Help reduce health inequalities across Derbyshire and beyond by promoting Physical activity, nutrition and health at every opportunity.

University of Derby - Promotion and evaluation of the impact of new sport participation programmes for students of university of Derby.

Wilkinson - Change one thing - we will assist staff to improve their health and wellbeing through a range of activities.

NHS Lincolnshire - Reduce the year on year increase in childhood obesity in Lincolnshire.

Loughborough College - Loughborough College Workplace Wellness Programme.

Further detail about all commitments are listed on our website               

Media Contact Jon Whowell 07780 923439      

 East Midlands Platform on Food

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