London is one of the greenest capital cities in the world and yet more than half of adults in London are overweight. Many have an unhealthy diet and over 1.8 million are not active enough. We aim for Londoners to be active and eat healthily, with 70 % of Londoners achieving recommended activity levels.
One way of encouraging more daily activity is to make walking and cycling more attractive. London organisations are already working together to take practical action. In doing so we can make London a more enjoyable place to live.
Supporting Londoners to get active
Transport for London (TFL) is supporting Londoners to travel actively by investing over £4 billion to improve London’s roads. This includes greater road safety and facilities for walking and cycling. TfL’s ‘Mini-Hollands’ programme is investing almost £100 million between three outer London boroughs to create safer, quieter and more attractive streets and encourage walking and cycling, especially for short trips.
Healthy London Partnership is working with London’s professional football clubs to use healthy competition between fans to get men over 35 years more active. The ‘FanActiv’ campaign and app has launched this year in Tottenham Hotspur FC, Brentford FC and Fulham FC. FanActiv will be evaluated to understand how club-based rewards and incentives can nudge people towards healthier choices.
Boroughs are working with partners to get London active. ‘ProActive Islington’ brings together partners from across the council, leisure services, education and other organisations to promote physical activity. In Camden, ‘Give it a go’ offers free gym membership to residents identified as inactive through an NHS Health Check or the Outreach Service, with emphasis on the most deprived areas of the borough.
Making healthy food choices easier
Many boroughs are promoting healthy eating in innovative ways. Croydon is a GLA Food Flagship borough, undertaking projects such as the Community Food Learning Kitchen, delivering healthy cooking lessons in schools, and supporting 15 food businesses to provide sustainable and healthy food.
Promoting health in places relevant to Londoners
HLP is launching ‘Healthy Steps Together’ – local demonstrators to embed health and wellbeing in schools, primary care and housing. These sites will test behavioural interventions that can motivate and support Londoners towards healthier choices. The London Prevention Board will work with these demonstrators and other initiatives to build a portfolio of high impact interventions to reduce obesity in London.
Strengthening the role of health in regulatory and planning decisions in London
Public Health Specialists within the GLA provided health input into the Further Alterations of the London Plan that were adopted in March 2015. For the first time nationally, Public Health Specialists in London also co-authored the Supplementary Planning Guidance on Social Infrastructure, key guidance for planners at a local level. Health partners are supporting the development of ‘healthy’ towns, including contributing to the design of Old Oak Common in north west London. The GLA and boroughs are working with national government to further embed and strengthen health and wellbeing criteria in local decisions about planning and licensing. This aims to encourage healthy, diverse high streets and safe environments for Londoners to get and stay active.
Improving air quality to promote health
In the past year, the Mayor has approved an Ultra Low Emission Zone, which will set new exhaust emissions standards and a daily non-compliance charge to encourage cleaner vehicles to drive in central London from 2020. TFL’s bus fleet is being upgraded so that all double deck buses operating in central London will be hybrid and all single deck will be zero emission by 2020. By the end of 2016, 1,700 hybrid buses will be introduced.
HLP is working with London’s professional football clubs to use healthy competition between fans to get men over 35 years more active. The ‘FanActiv’ campaign and app has launched this year in Tottenham Hotspur FC, Brentford FC and Fulham FC. FanActiv will be evaluated to understand how club-based rewards and incentives can nudge people towards healthier choices.