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The APPG on a Fit and Healthy Childhood


he All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood


Chair: Jim Fitzpatrick MP


Co-Chair: Baroness (Floella) Benjamin of Beckenham OBE


Vice-Chairs: Ian Austin MP, Nic Dakin MP, Nigel Dodds MP, Julie Elliot MP, Diana Johnson MP, Dr. Philippa Whitford MP, Lord McColl of Dulwich



The purpose of this Group


To promote evidence based discussion and produce reports on all aspects of childhood health and wellbeing including obesity; to inform policy decisions and public debate relating to childhood; and to enable communications between interested parties and relevant parliamentarians. The Group was formally recognised in December 2013. Its official details are recorded on the Parliamentary website at:


Please note that this is not an official website of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its Committees. All-Party Groups are informal groups of members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. Any views expressed in these pages or in our reports are those of the Group. The Group seeks to influence the views of Parliament and of Government to better address these issues.



Working Group Reports

The aim of our Reports is to assist policy-makers to reach decisions based on best evidence. Links to all reports are below, listed in reverse chronological order. 

The report on Physical Activity in Early Childhood, published in October 2017, is available here. We gratefully acknowledge the support and sponsorship of Water Babies Ltd.
The report on Maternal Obesity, published in June 2017, is available here. We gratefully acknowledge the support and sponsorship of Slimming World.
The working group report on Physical Education is available here. We  gratefully acknowledge the support of Waitrose,  Mytime  Active  and  Leisurelines  Ltd.
We thank Waitrose, Mytime Active and Leisurelines Ltd for the financial support that made this Report
Our critique on the National Obesity Framework is available here. We thank Mytime Active, Quorn Foods, Slimming World and Danone Nutricia for the financial support that made this report possible.

Our report on Play is available here. We are very grateful to LeapFrog Toys for their sponsorship of this report. NOTE: choose 'download through your browser' when accessing this report. 

"Food in Schools and the Teaching of Food”, our third working group report, was generously sponsored by Quorn. It is available here
Our second report, “The Early Years”, is available here. We thank the University of Northampton for the financial support that made this report possible 
The report from our working group on 'Healthy patterns for healthy families: clearing the hurdles to a healthy family' is available here. We gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship of Slimming World.



Forthcoming Meetings


  • Tuesday 20/02/18 at 6pm: "Does food industry marketing undermine anti-obesity measures?" with Katy Askew, Senior Editor of Food Navigator; Dan Parker, Chief Executive, Living Loud; and Malcolm Clark from Cancer Research UK



Previous Meetings

meeting notes


  • 10/01/18 - "Why Children’s Oral Health is Everybody’s Business" with Sara Hurley, Chief Dental Officer, England; Prof. Michael Escudier, Dean of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons;and Claire Stevens, Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, University Dental Hospital of Manchester


  • 29/11/17 -  with the Lawn Tennis Association and Slimming World

  • 14/11/17 -  with Shadow Secretary of State for Health Jonathan Ashworth MP

  • 17/10/17 -  launch of the Working Group Report on Physical Activity in Early Childhood, with Nic Dakin MP, Steve Franks and Chris Broadbent from Water Babies, and Helen Clark, lead author 

  • 28/06/17 -  launch of the Working Group Report on Maternal Obesity, with Baroness (Floella) Benjamin, Jenny Caven, Slimming World, and Helen Clark, lead author


  • 03/05/17 - An initial meeting to establish a Working Group to work on a new report entitled ‘Physical Activity in the Early Years’


  • 29/03/17 - The role of activity in combatting childhood obesity, with Chris Wright, Head of Wellbeing, Youth Sport Trust; John Herriman, CEO, Greenhouse Sports; Dr. Mike Loosemore, The Institute of Sport, University College London


  • ​01/03/17 - The mental health of children and young people - what needs to be done? with Sean Fletcher, personal testimony; Dr. David Whitebread, Play in Education, Learning and Development (PEDAL) research centre, University of Cambridge; Gregor Henderson, National Lead, Wellbeing and Mental Health, Public Health England

  • 25/01/17 - 'Working with the Childhood Obesity Plan'with Tim Rycroft, Director for Corporate Affairs, Food and Drink Federation, Jack Winkler, Emeritus Prof. of Nutrition Policy, London Metropolitan University, and Emma Reed, Deputy Directory, Childhood Obesity Branch, Dept. of Health. 

  • 30/11/16 - Children's Oral Health, with Professor Nigel Hunt of the Royal College of Surgeons, Sara Hurley, the Chief Dental Officer for England, Claire Stevens from the University Dental Hospital of Manchester, and Dominique Tillen from Brushbaby. 

  • 19/10/16 - launch of our report on physical education, with Sarah Wollaston MP, Chair of the Health Select Committee, Rosena Allin-Khan MP, Shadow Sport Secretary, and Kelvin Hopkins MP, former Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport


  • 06/07/16 - Promoting public health in pregnancy: the foundations for a healthy family - with Louise Silverton CBE, Director for Midwifery, Royal College of Midwives, and  Amanda Avery RD, Assistant Prof. in Nutrition and Dietetics at University of Nottingham and Consultant Dietitian, Slimming World


  • 25/05/16 - Industry Initiatives Towards a Healthier Diet, with Justine Hare, Senior Corporate Affairs Manager, Mars Food UK, Polly Jones, Senior Corporate Affairs Manager, Asda Stores, Dr Hayley Marson, Company Nutritionist, Asda Stores, and Joel Morris, Director Public Affairs & Communications at Coca-Cola Great Britain.

  • 20/04/16 - The tax on sugary drinks (and what else we might expect from the National Obesity Strategy), with Tim Rycroft, Director of Corporate Affairs, Food and Drink Federation; Prof. Philip James, Hon. Professor of Nutrition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Prof. Simon Capewell, Vice President for Policy, UK Faculty of Public Health, Prof. of Clinical Epidemiology, Univ. of Liverpool


  • 24/02/16 - Andrew Cook, Ofsted’s Regional Director for the East of England, Eustace de Souza, national lead on children, young people and families at Public Health England, and Prof. Nick Draper, University of Derby - "The role of physical education and activity in a fit and healthy childhood"

  • 19/01/16 -  Katharine Teague, Head of Advocacy, AB Sugar, and Julia Manning, Chief Executive, 2020Health

  • 01/12/15 -  Dr. Alison Tedstone, National Lead, Diet and Obesity and Chief Nutritionist for Public Health England

  • 28/10/15 - we were addressed by Tesco on their ten point plan to combat obesity. 


  • 14/10/15 - launch of the Play Report. Speakers include Tony Hicks, LeapFrog Toys, Dr. David Whitebread, University of Cambridge, and Mark Hardy, Chairman, Association of Play Industries.


  • 16/09/15 - Prof Ian Macdonald Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition’s working group on carbohydrates)


  • 21/07/15 with Professor Neena Modi, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 

  • 17/06/15 with Dr Estelle Mackay  MSc PhD SRD and Dr Emma Derbyshire BSc PhD RNutr, who led a discussion on our new report ‘Food in Schools and the Teaching of Food’

  • 18/03/15 – Sir Al Aynsley-Green, President Elect of the BMA and the first Children’s Commissioner – ‘Breaking down the barriers between health and education’


  • 25/02/15 - Dr. Gavin Sandercock, University of Essex, and Rob Newsome OBE, head teacher of Dyffryn Taf school. Go to the bottom of this page if you would like to read The Children's Health & Fitness Policy Recommendations Report from Fitmedia, produced after the meeting.


  • 21/01/15 - Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson.


  • 09/12/14 - Luciana Berger MP, Shadow Public Health Minister.


  • 25/11/14 - Malcolm Clark, Lambeth Councillor, co-ordinator of the Children's Food Campaign, and Councillor Alison Martin, Cabinet Member, Derby City Council.


  • 05/11/14 - Dr. Sarah Wollaston MP, Chair of the Health Select Committee.


  • 21/10/14 - Prof. Mike Kelly, Director of the Centre of Public Health at NICE, and Dr. Jacquie Lavin, Head of Research and Nutrition at Slimming World.


  • 09/07/14 - Dr. Robert Lustig, author of ‘Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth About Sugar’, addressed the Group 


  • 14/05/14 - Labour Shadow Secretary of State Rt. Hon. Andy Burnham outlined Labour’s proposals for regulation relating to childrens food​


  • 08/04/14 - with Professor David Walker, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Health in England, and Professor Jack Winkler, Former Professor of Nutrition Policy, London Metropolitan University


  • 11/02/14 - Inaugural meeting with our Chair, Baroness (Floella) Benjamin of Beckenham OBE, who introduced the Group and set out our ambitions.



If you have not yet joined the APPG


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Other Documents


You can read or download 'The Children's Health & Fitness Policy Recommendations Report from Fitmedia' which was produced after the February 2015 meeting.