Guidance

Whole systems approach to obesity

A guide and set of resources to support local authorities with implementing a whole systems approach to address obesity and promote a healthy weight.

Documents

Whole systems approach to obesity: a guide to support local approaches to promoting a healthy weight

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Whole systems approach to obesity programme: learning from co-producing and testing the guide and resources

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Engaging NHS system leaders in whole systems approaches to physical activity

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Opportunities to strengthen place-based systems approaches to consider and address associated health inequalities

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Annexes: opportunities to strengthen place-based systems approaches to consider and address associated health inequalities

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This guide and set of resources can be used to support the implementation of a whole systems approach to obesity.

It is intended for local authorities and partners, including the NHS, local businesses and the community and voluntary sector.

The guide covers:

  • the role of local authorities
  • the benefits of taking a whole systems approach
  • the 6-phase process - each phase provides practical support and has accompanying resources

In addition to the guide, there is:

  • a separate ‘learning report’ explaining the findings of the co-production and testing of the guide with local authorities
  • local authority case studies providing further details on each phase of the whole systems approach
  • a report on engaging NHS system leaders in whole systems approaches to physical activity
  • a report on the opportunities to strengthen place-based systems approaches to consider and address associated health inequalities

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Published 25 July 2019
Last updated 14 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Opportunities to strengthen place-based systems approaches' report and annexes.

  2. Added 'Engaging NHS system leaders in whole systems approaches to physical activity'.

  3. First published.