As Part of The Scottish Government's Healthy Eating, Active Living action plan eight areas were invited in May 2009 to be pathfinder Healthy Weight Communities:
The objective of the Healthy Weight Communities was to demonstrate the ways in which gathering together diverse projects, under the shared purpose of tackling obesity, could have a greater impact on health outcomes than dispersed activity. Local communities, families and young people in particular, were engaged in programmes that embrace healthy eating, physical activity and healthy weight initiatives from a wide range of delivery partners.
These programmes took their lead from the EPODE programme in France and the evidence presented by the Foresight report, Tackling Obesities:
The French model illustrates just how important popular promotion and championing by local leaders is to the success of community programmes. Meanwhile the Foresight report made clear that isolated action is futile in our battle against the obesity epidemic. Only close partnership working that supports people to make healthy choices right across their daily routine will make a difference.
Eight Pathfinder Communities were selected
The following eight communities were selected, their initial phase evaluated and funding ceased in March 2012:
- Viewpark, North Lanarkshire Final Report
- Dundee Final Report
- Dumfries Final Report
- Priesthill and Househilwood, Glasgow Final Report
- Armadale and Blackridge, West Lothian Final Report
- Catrine, Wast Ayrshire Final Report
- Barrhead, East Renfrewshire Final Report
- Stevenston, North Ayrshire Final Report