City-level interventions: government guidelines & recommendations

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Almaty Acclamation of Mayors: Cities at the frontline of health and well-being for all

Policy extract: Healthy Cities is based on the values and principles that also underpin primary health care; equity, justice, community engagement, empowerment, participation, and collaboration. It provides a vehicle to ensure these values permeate through healthy cities, and are transposed through the network across the region. See more

Healthier and happier cities for all: A transformative approach for safe, inclusive, sustainable and resilient societies

Policy extract: Healthy Cities foster health and well-being through governance, empowerment and participation, creating urban places for equity and community prosperity, and investing in people for a peaceful planet. See more

European Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2015-2020

Policy extract:The strategic goal of this Action Plan is to avoid premature deaths and significantly reduce the burden of preventable diet-related noncommunicable diseases, obesity and all other forms of malnutrition still prevalent in the WHO European Region, which are strongly influenced by social determinants of health and have a profound negative impact on well-being and quality of life. See more

Overcoming Obesity Programme 2013-2020

Policy extract: City of Seinäjoki launched Overcoming Obesity Programme in 2013. The target of Overcoming Obesity Programme implemented by the City of Seinäjoki is to decrease the amount of children and young people who could become obese in adulthood, preventing obesity related diseases at their later age. See more

Plan of Action for the Prevention of Obesity in Children and Adolescents

Policy extract: This document provides Member States with the rationale and key strategic lines of action for comprehensive public health interventions to halt the progression of the obesity epidemic in children and adolescents. See more.

Obesity: working with local communities

Policy extract: The guidance provides a framework for existing NICE guidance (community based on individual interventions) that directly or indirectly impacts on obesity prevention or management. See more.

Population-based approaches to childhood obesity prevention

Policy extract: This document aims to provide Member States with an overview of the types of childhood obesity prevention interventions that can be undertaken at national, sub-national and local levels. Where relevant, the document also aims to indicate which prevention measures are likely to be the most effective. See more

A healthy city is an active city: a physical activity planning guide

Policy extract: This planning guide provides a range of ideas, information and tools for developing a comprehensive plan for creating a healthy, active city by enhancing physical activity in the urban environment. By developing, improving and supporting opportunities in the built and social environments, city leaders and their partners can enable all citizens to be physically active in day-to-day life. See more

Healthy Weight Action Plan 2009-2012

Policy extract: The purpose of the Healthy Action Plan is to set out a local framework to tackle the rise in obesity and overweight in adults and children within Glasgow City. See more

Healthy Lives, Healthy People: A call to action on obesity in England

Policy extract: This document sets out how the new approach to public health will enable effective action on obesity and encourages a wide range of partners to play their part. See more

Action Plan 2010-2015: A plan for reducing and preventing overweight and obesity among D.C. residents

Policy extract: The plan sets forth strategies to remove many of the barriers that impede individuals from adopting healthier lifestyles. In addition, it outlines the importance of monitoring and evaluation and details the key elements of a successful evaluation strategy. See more

Strategy 2012-2017 Be Active: Be Healthy Creating a Moving Culture

Policy extract: This Be Active; Be Healthy strategy aims to support organisations, businesses, communities, families and individuals to recognise the many benefits of physical activity, and to encourage everyone to adopt an active lifestyle. See more

The Draft London Food Strategy: Health and Sustainable Food for London

Policy extract: The draft London Food Strategy sets out our thinking and provides a framework to help all Londoners, London boroughs and the partners we work with adapt our city's food system to meet the challenges that lie ahead. See more

Promoting physical activity and active living in urban environments

Policy extract: The purpose of this Series of the WHO Regional Office is to present, in a concise and appropriate way for politicians and decision-makers, scientific evidence (solid facts) in the social and urban domains of public health and related services that can support, accelerate and legitimise policy changes and action. See more

Population-based prevention strategies for childhood obesity: report of a WHO forum and technical meeting, Geneva, 15-17 December 2009

Policy extract: The overall aim of the Forum and Technical Meeting was to identify priorities for population based strategies to prevent childhood obesity and to define roles and responsibilities for various stakeholders, as the first step in a process to develop recommendations on population-based strategies to prevent childhood obesity. This document presents the results of the working group discussions, which include a set of guiding principles for childhood obesity policy and programme development and examples of areas for action (see section 4). It also includes summaries of presentations on country experiences in prevention interventions that were given at the meeting (see section 3). See more.