Euro MEP Glenis Willmott talks health


East Midlands MEP Glenis Willmott discussed regional health at a meeting to profile some of the initiatives being undertaken by local organisations to reduce obesity when she visited the Platform for Health and Wellbeing at a meeting hosted by Alfreton-based Slimming World on Friday, 29 June.

The Platform for Health and Wellbeing is a public health approach working to reduce obesity in local communities.  Its members, from the public, private, and voluntary sectors, make voluntary commitments which encourage and enable behaviour change. Ultimately, it’s about getting more people to be a healthy weight, to move more and eat well.

Representatives from a number of local organisations ranging from Nottingham Trent University to Slimming World and the Soil Association to NHS trusts and local authorities including Leicestershire and Lincolnshire attended the meeting and spoke to Glenis about their priorities for regional health and wellbeing.

Following the visit Glenis said: “This was a great opportunity for me to hear about a number of local initiatives being undertaken by private, public and voluntary sector organisations across the East Midlands.  I was hugely impressed by the variety and scope of the schemes as well as the obvious professionalism and commitment of the people involved as members of the Platform for Health and Wellbeing.

“In turn, I hope I was able to explain how important European legislation is, since a whole raft of matters affecting obesity, such as food labelling, are now decided at EU level.”

Dr Jacquie Lavin who leads Slimming World’s involvement in the Platform says: “Obesity impacts on all our lives. Clearly it’s a problem across the developed world but the causes are often close to home and most of us recognise that our lifestyle and the environment we live in is, at least partly, to blame. By working with other employers, organisations and health professionals across the East Midlands region as well as nationally, Slimming World offers sustainable and practical solutions to help people to lose weight as well as help to make significant impacts on reduced absenteeism and, through better health and wellbeing, increased productivity.” –

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