The APPG on a Fit and Healthy Childhood

The 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.
  • 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​​

  • Wednesday 28/03/18 at 6 pm – The launch of our report ‘The Impact of Social and Economic Inequalities on Children’s Health’ followed by a presentation on Public Health England’s new calorie reduction programe. Speakers: Baroness Benjamin, Helen Clark, lead author of the report, and Anna Taylor from the Food Foundation. ​
  • Wednesday 25/04/18 at 6 pm

Recent Previous Meetings

meeting notes

  • 20/02/18 – “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​
  • 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

Please go to the meeting notes page for details of earlier meetings.​

If you have not yet joined the APPG

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:

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.