The APPG on a Fit and Healthy Childhood

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood
Chair: Steve McCabe 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, Adam Holloway MP.

Meeting Notes

Recent Meetings

Our Reports

Members’ Links and Posts

External Members

Archive of Useful Links

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.

Forthcoming Meetings​​

  • Wednesday 30 October 2019 at 5 pm and 6 pm

5 pm – The Launch of our latest report “Mental Health Through Movement”

Speakers: Dr Martin Yelling, Stormbreak; Helen Clark, Lead Author; Dan Parkinson, England Athletics

6 pm – “Progress with the Child Mental Health Charter” and a short presentation on the value of herbs

Speakers: Jekka McVicar, RHS Ambassador and Vice President; Helen Clark, Child Mental Health Charter; one other speaker tbc


Become an External Member

We recognise that without the support of charitable, corporate and individual interests and experts in the field, it will not be possible to fulfil our ambitious agenda. There is a modest annual fee. Full details of this and sponsorship opportunities are available from the Group Secretariat at:

Working Group Reports

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for a Fit and Healthy Childhood regularly produces wide-ranging reports which aim to assist policy-makers to reach decisions based on best evidence. The reports are below, listed in reverse chronological order. Click the report name to download it.

All reports are sponsored, but sponsors neither request nor receive approval of report contents. Producing reports is not possible without their financial support and we are extremely grateful for their generosity.

No Report Title Sponsors Date
13 The Primary PE and Sport Premium Report

The Press Release

Impact Assessment

University of Winchester, Sheffield Hallam University and Kingston University February 2019
12 Children’s Mental Health beyond the Green Paper: the role of Practice Based Evidence

The Press Release

Play Therapy UK January 2019
11 The Role of Marketing in Promoting a Fit and Healthy Childhood Quorn Foods November 2018
10 Mental Health in Childhood The National Counselling Society June 2018
9 The Impact of Social and Economic Inequalities on Children’s Health Danone March 2018
8 Physical Activity in Early Childhood Water Babies October 2017
7 Maternal Obesity Slimming World June 2017
6 Physical Education Waitrose,  Mytime  Active  and  Leisurelines  Ltd. October 2016
5 Critique on the National Obesity Framework Mytime Active, Quorn Foods, Slimming World and Danone Nutricia January 2016
4 Play LeapFrog Toys October 2015
3 Food in Schools and the Teaching of Food Quorn June 2015
2 The Early Years The University of Northampton February 2015
1 Healthy Patterns for Healthy Families: Clearing the Hurdles to a Healthy Family Slimming World October 2014

Each report is produced by a sub-group of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood, working with an independent Chair. The working group is comprised of volunteers from the APPG who have expressed an interest in the topic under scrutiny. The role of the Chair is to administer the group, draft the report, and ensure that the content meets the required standards for quality and objectivity. A list of contributors can be found at the beginning of each report.