Promoting unhealthy lifestyles (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
June 18, 2014
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Lord Darzi, Chair of the London Health Commission

Question

Steve O’Connell AM:  If I could ask a question on a slightly more positive note, the other side of the coin, getting away from nutrition and American multinational companies, is about activity and exercise. 

 

Professor the Lord Darzi (Chair, London Health Commission):  Absolutely. 

 

Steve O’Connell AM:  That is something I would like you to comment on because there has been for far too long a generational shift in schools perhaps away from good activities, particularly in schools in areas of deprivation, it often is the case.  Will you be commenting and observing on that in your recommendations? 

Answer

Answer for Promoting unhealthy lifestyles (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Promoting unhealthy lifestyles (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
Lord Darzi, Chair of the London Health Commission

Professor the Lord Darzi (Chair, London Health Commission):  Absolutely, very much so and I am working with Transport for London on sets of interventions because exercise and burning the calories is the other end of this. 

 

Steve O’Connell AM:  Indeed. 

 

Professor the Lord Darzi (Chair, London Health Commission):  There are again some very, very important sets of proposals that the expert group have brought to us in terms of the evidence base supporting them.  What could we do, coming back to the behavioural change, what incentives we can put in the system in accelerating or at least encourage people to walk in the parks.  London, one of its biggest assets is parks.  What are we doing in parks to encourage people to walk, to exercise?  What are we doing in schools to really drive that change home?  You are spot on.  It is not just the calorie intake but it is the calories we burn out as well. 

 

Steve O’Connell AM:  Yes, certainly on the schools point I would certainly like a reversal of the trend to move away from competitive sports which we have seen over the last 20 or 30 years and if your work can help inform then it would be welcome, Lord Darzi. 

 

Professor the Lord Darzi (Chair, London Health Commission):  Thank you. 

 

Roger Evans AM (Chairman):  Thank you both very much for what has been a very useful session this afternoon. Before you leave us, would it be possible for you to let us have this in electronic form?  It is a really useful presentation.

 

Professor the Lord Darzi (Chair, London Health Commission):  Yes, we would be delighted to send it.  I thank you all because this is the type of discussion that I would not have an opportunity to have and I really look forward to your support as it comes because ultimately, back to all your questions, this has to be delivered through you.  I look forward to seeing you again.  Thank you.