Funding of cycling removed from watered down obesity strategy

A government strategy to tackle obesity was watered down to exclude a promise to “invest more in active living and transport”, according to the Sunday Times today.

The obesity strategy, a Healthy Weight for Ireland, was launched by the health minister Simon Harris and minister of children Katherine Zappone in September. But a Freedom of Information by the Sunday Times shows that some recommendations from experts who advised on the strategy were excluded from the final draft of the policy.

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The newspaper reports that the practical measures which were dropped from the strategy included a policy to “invest more in active living and transport”, including cycling.

In the UK health experts claim that the NHS could save up to £1.6 billion a year if the government matched Dutch levels of spending on cycle provision.

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