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The Great Weight Debate Merton - listening to what Merton’s parents and young people think affects child healthy weight.

St Marks 1Following on from last years’ London-wide Great Weight Debate, the Great Weight Debate Merton is taking a very local approach to building a conversation around keeping our children and young people a healthy weight and making sure they keep active.

Focussing on key communities in the borough, we will be talking to parents in East Merton, Black and Minority Ethnic communities and working with young people to identify the barriers and facilitators to healthy eating and being active.

Work with young people will focus on mapping their food environment, exploring the choices they make and what influences those choices (see images left and below of working with St Mark's Academy). We will also work with the Youth Inspectors to engage local takeaways and corner shops; raising awareness about the opportunities for these businesses to have a positive role in this important issue.

We have an online questionnaire and free prize draw (there’s a nutribullet up for grabs). We’re also offering other competitions, recipes and ideas to keep families active on our twitter facebook and Instagram                                                                                                                                                              

St Marks 2All the ideas and information we gather will then be fed into a Hackathon on June 3rd. It's a fun and creative ideas marathon, to find innovative local solutions that work for local people and can help us tackle the childhood obesity issue in Merton. Your input is very welcome - we’re looking for people from all sorts of backgrounds to take part – so sign up if you can!

Ideas from the Hackathon will then be road tested in a family fun event and road shows at the Mitcham Carnival and Morden Family Fun Day.

Please take part and spread the word among colleagues and service users. You can join the conversation on social media or email us.

This project has been funded by Public Health Merton. 

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