Healthy Living Pharmacy: Holding an awareness event/campaign on healthy eating and/or obesity

Published on: 14th February 2017 | Updated on: 1st June 2022

This page contains links to resources and information which phamacy teams may wish to consider using when planning a health promotion event/campaign focussing on healthy eating and/or obesity.

This page is ‘work in progress’ and will continue to be updated.

Click on a heading below for more information.  

Resources to assist with finding local data

The below tools can be used to gather information to establish the level of obesity on a local basis:

  • Public Health England – Health Profiles: This tool provides a snapshot of health and wellbeing across each local authority in England as portrayed by a range of indicators. They are intended to stimulate discussion between local government and health service providers by highlighting local needs and providing comparisons with other areas as well as with the national average.
  • Public Health England Obesity – Local authority (LA) adult excess weight data: Data is now available for prevalence of excess weight in adults aged 16 and over, at LA level. This data is an indicator in the Public Health Outcomes Framework Health Improvement domain. The new figures combine data from 2013, 2014 and 2015. The previous year’s figures combined three years of data from 2012, 2013 and 2014. There are also breakdowns of LA data by BMI category: underweight, healthy weight, overweight, obesity and excess weight
  • Public Health England Obesity – NCMP local authority child data profile: Child obesity data from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) 2006/07 to 2014/15 are now available in an online child obesity local authority data tool
  • Public Health England Obesity – Fast food outlets by local authority: Data on density of fast food outlets by local authority are presented here in a map, along with a chart displaying the relationship between density of fast food outlets and area deprivation
Community Pharmacy England resources
National awareness campaigns
Campaign Dates
On Your Feet Britain 28th April 2022
BNF Healthy Eating Week 14-18 June 2021
National Obesity Awareness Week 11-17th January 2021
Eating Disorders Awareness Week 1-7th March 2021
Nutrition and Hydration Week 14-20th June 2021

National charities & resources

Charity Resources available
British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy
  Food and Health – Why do we need to eat? (Information sheet)
 Wellness Solution Guidelines (Information sheet)
Eat A Rainbow – 7 A Day Guidelines (Information sheet)
British Heart Foundation
10 minutes to change your life – Lowering cholesterol (Booklet)
10 minutes to change your life – Time to eat well (Booklet)
10 minutes to change your life – High blood pressure (Booklet)
Healthy living, healthy heart (Booklet)
What’s your heart age? (Interactive tool)
 Cut down on salt (Booklet)
Cut the saturated fat (Poster)
Eating well (Booklet)
Facts not fads – Your simple guide to healthy weight loss (Book)
Fats and oils (Information sheet)
Plant sterols and stanols (Information sheet)
Recipe finder (uUers can filter by cuisine, dietary requirements and condition)
 British Nutrition Foundation
A healthy, balanced diet (Information sheet)
Fruit and vegetables (Information sheet)
Potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates (Information sheet)
Foods and drinks high in fat, salt and sugars (Information sheet)
Oils and spreads (Information sheet)
Beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins (Information sheet)
Dairy and alternatives (Information sheet)
 Healthy eating for 1-3 year-olds (Leaflet and poster)
Food labelling resource (Leaflet)
Choose your fats wisely (Information sheet)
Cancer Research UK
Eat healthily – cut your cancer risk leaflet (Leaflet)
Reducing your risk – what women can do (Leaflet)
Reducing cancer risk leaflet – What men can do (Leaflet)
Live a healthy life – cut your cancer risk (Leaflet)
Ten Top Tips for a healthy weight (Leaflet)
Ten top tips for a healthy weight (Pocket card)
Keep a healthy weight – cut your cancer risk (Leaflet)
Cancer Insight – Obesity and Cancer (Pharmacy Staff) (Publication)
Consensus Action on Salt & Health
Resources & publications (Leaflets, guides, posters)
NHS Choices
Adult and child BMI calculator (Interactive tool)
Public Health England
Change 4 life – Be food smart (Smart phone app)
Nutrition on the Go campaign
The Association of UK Dietitians
 Healthy Breakfast (Information sheet)
 Eat well, spend less (Information sheet)
 Food and mood (Information sheet)
 Fruit and vegetables – how to get five-a-day (Information sheet)
 Healthy eating (Information sheet)
 Heart-health (Information sheet)
Healthy packed lunches (Information sheet)
Portion sizes (Information sheet)
Healthy snacks (Information sheet)
Healthy eating for children (Information sheet)
Pregnancy (Information sheet)
Nutrients in food (A compilation of information sheets)

Key facts & statistics

Training resources

  • e-Learning for Healthcare – Obesity

Healthy eating guidelines

The Eatwell Guide is a policy tool used to define government recommendations on eating healthily and achieving a balanced diet.

Campaign/event tips

  • Consider providing free pedometers to customers to encourage people to get walking, or encourage people to download these on their smartphones where necessary
  • Consider contacting local gyms and/or fruit and vegetable outlets to discuss whether you can advertise offers or promotions they are running
  • Children could be engaged through activities such as naming fruits and vegetables
  • Ask people if they know what constitutes as one portion of fruit and/or vegetable
  • Recipe cards and/or food swap ideas should take into consideration the dietary habits of different cultures who may use traditional ingredients

Further resources

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