Monday, 21 July 2014
Nudging the way to better food choices: Brighton and Hove in 2024?
The latest Annual Report of the Director of Public Health NHS Brighton & Hove City Council, which has just been published, has taken an innovative approach to its subject by projecting the story 10 years into the future. The report describes the population demographics, morbidity and mortality, lifestyle, behaviour, education, social and healthcare systems, housing and major project completions as they could be in Brighton and
Hove in 2024. Whilst it may be
conjectural, the report is based on evidence from the Office of National
Statistics population estimates, published literature on developments in health
and social care and extrapolation of data from past trends to 10 years hence.
The author of the report is Dr Tom Scanlon, Director of Public Health, Brighton & Hove City Council, with sections written by members of the public health team. The report looks at demographic trends and lifestyles, including an epidemic of obesity – plus education, housing, mental health, transport, and the economy: all factors which will affect public health.
The section of the report on obesity reflects Public Health
’s recommendations on food
availability in schools, colleges, leisure centres and other places where
children gather and notes that “in 2018
the last vending machine was finally removed from the city’s education
establishments, and a year later from the city’s sports venues and leisure
centres.” On page 24, the following appears, England
“The Healthy Partners Award scheme, now in its seventh year means that over 300 of Brighton & Hove’s cafes and restaurants now routinely offer ‘Me Size’ plates – proportionately sized and priced to help families make healthy choices. The city’s annual ‘Nudge’ competition regularly rewards schools, leisure centres, cafes, bars and restaurants for innovative design, lay-out and incentives to promote healthy eating.”
Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler (authors of ‘Nudge’) - Brighton and
Hove salutes you!