Welsh Government launches long-term healthy weight strategy
The Welsh Government’s newly published Healthy Weight: Healthy Wales is a long-term strategy to prevent and reduce obesity in Wales, which will be delivered through a range of solutions.
The Welsh Government’s vision for 2030 and beyond is for ‘the people of Wales, and our future generations, to have the best start in life and live longer, better and happier lives’.
A number of the solutions focus on children’s opportunities to play, including:
- Creating more opportunities for active recreation and play for families and children, particularly in the early years, by increasing access to high quality play provision, developing family friendly routes and by utilising our natural infrastructure, including national parks.
- New housing developments will be designed and built to enable active travel, play and recreation. Welsh Government will support planners to prioritise quick, safe, convenient and well-connected pedestrian and cycle routes to health and care appointments, school and work, to places of interest and our town centres.
- Increased investment into high quality play facilities which are targeted at areas of deprivation.
- In childcare settings support and increase interventions which promote early movement and the importance of play.
Play Wales says:
‘We welcome the publication of Healthy Weight: Healthy Wales and its recognition of the importance of children’s play for a healthy childhood. In our response to the consultation that informed this strategy, we called for Welsh Government to consider and implement the recommendations to improve active play in the Active Healthy Kids Wales 2018 report card. Play Wales is pleased to see that safer roads, use of school grounds and a greater focus on the whole school approach to health and well-being are noted in this strategy.’