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September 2016: Autumn Welcome

Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action

Big, brave and bold?


Weak, wan and weedy?

How should we respond?

Dr. Simon Lenton, BACAPH co-chair explores the latest offering on obesity by government. Read his insightful blog here. In it he reminds us that : obesity prevention interventions are therefore orientated towards 2 main concepts - that of eating well and moving more. The full resource is available here:

Diet (‘eat well’)

  Reducing exposure (protection) to known dietary hazards such as refined sugars, particularly in drinks, and excessive sugar and fats in processed food.

Increasing exposure (promotion) to a healthy diet rich in unprocessed nutrients especially fruit and vegetables.

Exercise (‘move more’)

Increasing exposure (promotion) of healthy levels of exercise and activity.

Decreasing exposure (protection) from excessive inactivity particularly "screen time".

These interventions can be orientated directly towards children, their families or the communities in which they live, which in turn provides a framework for local action.

BACAPH will be producing six interrelated short briefing papers:

  • Overview of obesity
  • Obesity prevention - nutrition - national advocacy,
  • Obesity prevention - nutrition - local strategy,
  • Obesity prevention - exercise - national advocacy,
  • Obesity prevention - exercise - local strategy,
  • Obesity management – a service pathway.
Contribute :

We continue our focus on the most vulnerable - Dr. Louise Condon BACAPH Executive member reminds us of the vulnerability and inequalities faced by Roma children in the UK.

The health of Roma children in the UK

The Roma are among the most vulnerable EU migrants. Roma people experience difficulty in finding work in the UK and encounter discrimination. A recent qualitative study (Condon & McClean, 2016) suggests that seeking better health and living conditions for their children are a primary motivation for migration. One Roma focus group participant said:

‘To be honest we are scared to say which things are better in this country, and do you know why, because we are afraid for someone to take these things from our children.’

Roma people cited the quality of healthcare and education, safer infrastructure (housing, roads and food safety standards) and access to leisure activities as contributing to better health and opportunities for children in the UK.

Knowledge hub – Best start in life

The Best start in life knowledge hub brings together information and evidence to help commissioners, providers and professionals in commissioning for better outcomes during pregnancy and in the early years. It supports Public Health England’s national priority of ensuring every child has the Best Start in Life: every woman experiencing a healthy pregnancy; every child ready to learn at 2; every child ready for school at 5; and a reduction in child obesity.



BACAPH is you, me, and all of us
working together for child health!

Warm welcome to Leonora as Policy Theme Lead, Rosina as Education and Training Lead (working with Alison as co-leads for the Knowledge Theme), and Guddi as Advocacy Theme Lead. 

 It's great to meet you and to have you share in our commitment to child and adolescent public health.

Want to get involved? – contact us

 BACAPH  is invited to respond to many upcoming consultations. Contact us at if you would like to work with us on any of these. Forthcoming consultations include those listed below -:

September 2016

Maternal health: promoting maternal health through community based strategies - Draft standard
Vaccine uptake in under 19's - Draft standard

October 2016
Violence and aggression - Draft Quality Standard

We are actively looking for new members to contribute to the agenda of promoting child and adolescent public health. Membership is open to all professionals who work with children and young people. We actively seek members from all 4 nations of the UK.
Join us: £25.00 per year.
We want to hear from you: contact us at or follow us on twitter@bacaph 


We are updating our website and mobile platform. Help us develop our training pages and resources . Let us know of any interesting links to e-learning or training resources that we will share with the membership. Tell us which resources will be most useful. Let's work together to shape BACAPH.

See yu next month
Dr. Stacy John-Legere
Communications Lead - BACAPH


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