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Government invites food industry to fund anti-obesity campaign

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3680 (Published 09 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3680
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Government funding for the Change4Life public health campaign is to be withdrawn and replaced by investment from businesses and charitable organisations, England’s health secretary, Andrew Lansley, announced on 7 July.

    Mr Lansley said that the new government wanted to move away from state regulation and legislation to a framework in which communities and schools work together to build “young people’s confidence and self esteem” to enable them to make better decisions. He outlined his vision for the future of public health at the UK Faculty of Public Health’s annual conference in London.

    “For too long our approach to public health has been fragmented, overly complex, and sadly ineffective,” he said.

    The Change4Life campaign was launched by Labour in January 2009 to tackle the …

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