Talks To Deal With Northampton's 'Unhealthy' High Street

4 June 2015, 06:23 | Updated: 4 June 2015, 06:34

We told you around three months ago that Northampton's high street is the fifth unhealthiest in the UK.

Now the boss behind the report is going to be speaking in Northants on how that can be changed.

Shirley Cramer CBE, the chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health which published the ‘Health on the High Street’ report in March 2015, will deliver the keynote speech of a Food in Northamptonshire event.

The Food in Northamptonshire event has been organised by the Northamptonshire Health and Wellbeing Board to look at all aspects of food in the county including the link between food and health.

This relationship is a significant public health challenge, including in Northamptonshire where around one in four adults is classified as obese.

Obesity is associated with a range of health problems including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer and plus has an impact on people’s quality of life and results in considerable NHS costs, with estimates that costs attributable to overweight and obesity will reach £9.7 billion nationally by 2050.

The event will also look at the relationship between food and the economy. In Northamptonshire the food and drink industry is a key business sector worth £1.5 billion to the local economy and providing 46,000 jobs in the county.

Chair of the Northamptonshire Health and Wellbeing Board, Councillor Robin Brown said: “The mission of the Health and Wellbeing Board is to deliver meaningful, healthier, longer lives for the people of Northamptonshire - and clearly food and what we eat is an important part of this.

“That’s why we are bringing together the different stakeholders who have an interest in this area - whether it’s health, retail, the environment or the economy – to start identifying shared objectives and a way forward for food in the county."