She was joined by Fred Turok (Physical Activity Chair and Chair of ukactive), Professor Susan Jebb (Food Network Chair and Professor of Diet and Population Health, University of Oxford), Dame Carol Black (Health at Work Chair) and Expert Advisor on health and wellbeing at work) and via a video message, we heard from Henry Ashworth (Alcohol Network Chair and CE of the Portman Group). Jeremy Mean (Acting Director of Health and Wellbeing at the Department of Health) gave the closing remarks.
Left to right: Jeremy Mean, Professor Susan Jebb, Jane Ellison MP, Dame Carol Black and Fred Turok
In her speech, the Minister highlighted how this voluntary partnership with industry, involving open and honest collaboration, has produced real results which have had an impact on people’s lives. She commented that the development and delivery of pledges has been accomplished with real pace and creativity and that partners can be very proud of all that’s been achieved- demonstrating the role that business can play in helping us to be healthier.
She noted how partnership working has helped in adopting a sector wide approach such as the construction pledge with 111 partners signed up to this. Through the Deal, over 500 companies are seeing good health and wellbeing supported in the workplace.
The Minister welcomed the work that alcohol partners have done on the unit reduction and labelling pledges, showing their commitment to help people get into healthier drinking habits. For example she noted that on unit reduction and achieved two years early, this is already 0.3billion units over the target.
Key highlights on food were the reductions in salt, the Front of Pack scheme (with over two thirds of the retail packaged food market committed) and how partners had ‘changed the default’ under the calorie reduction pledge to help customers make a healthier choice.
Lastly the Minister recognised the role that physical activity has in people’s lives and through the Deal, over 300 organisations have pledged to help get people, of all ages and backgrounds, more active.
Some of the key successes of the Deal are available.
After the speeches the Minister spoke to a few partners about the work they had done through the Deal, and it provided an opportunity for partners to network.