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24 February 2012

Action to Reduce the Cost of Obesity to Business

From: East Midlands Platform on Food Physical Activity & Health

Businesses, community groups and top health professionals are meeting at Notts County’s Meadow Lane Ground today to launch a new initiative to support employers improve their health of their staff, and so reduce the costs to business of ill health and obesity.

Professor Dame Carole Black, the Government’s Expert Advisor on Health at Work will give the key note speech at the meeting of the East Midland Platform on Food Physical Activity & Health, and will help to launch a new ‘workplace health needs assessment tool’.

Trish Crowson, Platform Director said:

“Over 17 million days are lost each year in the UK because of obesity and nearly 300,000 people are unable to work because of weight related sickness. The assessment tool we are launching will help employers to identify and address the health issues that have the most impact on their business”

The Platform is a voluntary partnership of 45 member organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors, from multinationals to small community organisations – including Notts County Football in the Community. All have agreed to take action to reduce obesity and improve health, to get people moving more and eating better.    

Sharing ideas and approaches will extend across all aspects of the meeting. The lunch will be a healthy menu using a dish chosen by an Olympic athlete, and will be prepared at the football ground by school children as part of their ‘Lets Get Cooking Programme’




Notes to Editors

East Midlands Platform on Food, Physical Activity & Health

Platform hosted by East Midlands Councils

For specific details about the commitments made by each member organisation, please visit the website or contact

For more information about the ‘workplace health needs assessment tool’ contact Trish Crowson, Platform Director:


Mobile: 07930 386 781  

Phone: 01636 525 544  



Press Release - Action to Reduce the Cost of Obesity to Business - 24 Feb 2012

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