New childhood obesity communications toolkit

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity have launched Health First, the childhood obesity framing toolkit. View the toolkit for guidance on how to talk about childhood obesity and inequality in your communications. Find out more here

Inform our UKCO plans: answer three quick questions

Our UK Congress on Obesity is a key part of the year for many of us. In light of the impacts of COVID-19, please answer our three quick questions and have your say about how UKCO should be conducted in 2021. 

ASO signs letter to chancellor endorsing expansion of healthy start scheme

ASO has joined more than 50 public health directors, sector experts and healthcare professionals in signing a letter to Rishi Sunak and Matt Hancock calling on Government to allocate additional funding to the Healthy Start scheme which supports low-income families. The letter urges government to increase the value of the voucher to £4.25 a week. The value of Healthy Start vouchers … Continued

NICE recommends new treatment option for adults with obesity and non-diabetic hyperglycaemia who have a high risk of cardiovascular disease

NICE has recommended a new treatment option for those adults managing obesity and non-diabetic hyperglycaemia alongside a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity. Liraglutide (also known as Saxenda) will be offered to adults with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia who have a body mass index (BMI) of at least 35 kg per m2 and have a high risk of … Continued

Joint statement to the Government on Public Health Reorganisation

Along with many other organisations, ASO signed a joint statement to the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Health, and the interim leadership of Public Health England, raising serious concerns about the reorganisation of public health now underway. This follows recent announcements that PHE will cease to exist by April next year and be … Continued

Publication of reduction and reformulation documents

Public Health England, in early September, issued guidelines for the calorie reduction programme, along with updated salt reduction targets, as an ongoing commitment to the reformulation programme. The programme is set to run until 2024 and, like sugar reduction, is a voluntary programme. Please find links to the following reduction and reformulation documents: Calorie reduction: … Continued

Register now: Weight management and mental wellbeing webinar

ASO’s East of England Regional Network will be presenting a new webinar on 23 September focusing on weight management and mental wellbeing. Join us at 6pm on Wednesday 23 September. Visit our webinar web page for more information and to register for free.

Just published: Rapid Research: Supporting weight management services during the COVID-19 pandemic: phase I insights

In collaboration with Leeds Beckett University, Leeds University and University College London, the Obesity and Healthy Weight team, PHE have published a report on supporting weight management services during the COVID-19 pandemic (phase I). This rapid research explores with service providers, commissioners and users how weight management services have adapted in response to the pandemic … Continued