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Small Change Big Difference

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department and its agencies have taken following the launch of the Government’s Small Change Big Difference Campaign. (72006)

The Department and its agencies have introduced a number of initiatives which support the Government’s Small Change Big Difference Campaign. These are aimed at encouraging staff to make choices which increase physical activity and improve diet.

The Department provides healthy options in the restaurants and has made available a series of “lunch time walks”. Awareness of national campaigns is raised using the Department’s intranet and staff are encouraged to participate in annual Sports Days and take exercise at departmental sports clubs.

As the programme of work develops the Department of Health will be working across all of Government to ensure the programme joins up to promote maximum impact. DH is leading the implementation for this initiative as part of its cross-Government commitment to deliver the public health White Paper “Choosing Health”.