Ten towns that promote health to be built in England

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 01 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1259
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The NHS will support 10 areas of England to become “healthy towns” in a bid to tackle the country’s obesity crisis.

NHS England has outlined plans to create new communities with a focus on healthy living and will test solutions to tackle obesity, help people with dementia, and improve community cohesion.

The new towns, which will accommodate more than 76 000 new homes, will test strategies such as fast food free zones near schools, “dementia friendly” streets, and newly designed green spaces.

Announcing the plans at the King’s Fund on 1 March, NHS England’s chief executive, Simon Stevens, said that it was important for the NHS to play a central role in shaping the towns from the start to help embed a healthy living ethos.

NHS England said that it would consult clinicians, designers, and technology experts to “re-imagine” how health and care …

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