We are supporting the adoption of a whole system approach to diet, healthy weight and physical activity through engagement with early adopter areas and national partners such as COSLA, Scottish Government, Obesity Action Scotland, Sport Scotland and Food Standards Scotland (FSS).
This will include scoping requirements for action to support early adopters including workforce development and specific local evidence needs.
We will support actions which seek to make changes to environments in which people make food choices using regulatory, fiscal and/or legislative mechanisms. This will include continuing to build the evidence base around the impact of promotions on high fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) food and drink on consumer purchasing and consumption behaviour and the effectiveness of retail environment interventions.
We will also provide evaluation support to inform the development of legislative action to address the commercial determinants of health.
On physical activity, we will work in partnership with local and national stakeholders to lead, support and influence the translation of WHO and national physical activity evidence into policy and practice, including the Active Scotland Delivery Plan, which translates the WHO Global Action Plan for Physical Activity into a Scottish context.
This will include providing evidence to the Scottish Government and partners through the Active Scotland Delivery and Development Groups.
Specific examples of work planned in this area include:
- Leading on support for the implementation of standards for weight management services, to ensure quality and equal access to provision across Scotland
- Working with national partners to lead the coproduction of a public health physical activity implementation framework
- Leading an evaluation to enable learning to be transferred from early adopter sites to wider whole system approaches both locally and nationally
This work will support the ambition in the Scottish Government’s Diet and Healthy Weight Delivery Plan to halve childhood obesity by 2030 by providing expertise and evidence of what works to support local actions.