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NICE briefs local authorities on obesity prevention strategies

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Local authorities (LAs) and clinical commissioning groups should work together to ensure GP practices are aware of local obesity prevention and treatment initiatives.

The Local Government Public Health Briefing from NICE recommends councils use powers to control the number of take-away restaurants in a given area, particularly near schools, and ensure local obesity prevention strategies have been implemented by health and wellbeing boards.

Local authorities and NHS partners should be ‘exemplary employers', ensuring on-site catering offers healthier choices.

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