Comprehensive sector-wide strategies to prevent and control obesity
A recent study modelled the benefits of the NSW HEAL strategy implementation. The NSW Healthy Eating and Active Living Strategy 2013-18 provides a whole-of-government framework to promote healthy eating and active living and reduce the impact of lifestyle-related chronic disease. It sets a number of targets including a reduction in overweight and obesity rates of children and young people to 21% by 2015 and to stabilise overweight and obesity rates in adults by 2015 and then reduce by 5% by 2020. The study showed the range of health outcomes that could be influenced by the strategy but highlighted the key challenge is the sustainability of the strategy implementation.