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Medway organisations tackle obesity issue together

6 July

Key players across Medway came together today to discuss on going plans to get local people living healthier lives.

As part of the fourth annual Health Weight Summit, representatives from more than 25 public, private, voluntary and academic organisations gathered at The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

A united vision for healthy living

Medway Council and the network of local partners are united in their vision to work together to tackle the challenge of obesity, physical activity and healthy eating. The aim was to raise awareness of the obesity agenda, the complex nature of obesity and the needed multi-partner solution, as well as increasing knowledge of the network’s collective interventions and services on offer.

There was a range of morning speakers setting the context and providing updates on the progress made over the last 12 months and the afternoon was filled with workshops and opportunities for networking, as well as agreeing priority actions for the network and individual partners.

Leaders and practitioners from the following organisations attended: 

  • Medway Council
  • Medway Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Medway Foundation Trust
  • Medway Community Healthcare
  • University of Kent
  • Greenwich University
  • Gillingham Football Club
  • Tesco
  • Park Run
  • Sunlight Development Trust
  • Chartwells
  • Midkent College
  • Involving Medway
  • Medway Walderslade Together
  • Medway Plus
  • Soll Leisure Home Start Medway
  •  Medway Youth Service
  • Public Health England
  • Together in Communication Counselling

'Sharing expertise and helping local people'

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder overseeing Public Health Cllr David Brake said: “Our annual Healthy Weight Summit is an opportunity for us to work with all our partners in one space, sharing expertise about how we can help local people live healthier lives, discussing successes from the past year and highlighting areas for improvement.

“Our fourth summit was a great success, with 25 partners attending and learning about how each other is contributing to our shared vision to tackle the challenge of obesity, physical activity and healthy eating in Medway.”