Detailed needs assessments

Healthy Weight, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

Healthy weight

Obesity is a major public health problem which costs the NHS in Swindon £31million a year, increases costs to social services and has a negative impact on the local economy. It is caused by an energy imbalance between what we eat and what we do. Overweight and obesity affects children and adults; in Swindon one in ten 4-5 year olds and one in five 10-11 year olds are obese. Being overweight or obese can affect people’s ability to make the most of their lives. It also increases the risk of illnesses such as stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and dementia.

The Swindon Healthy Weight Strategy 2017-22 includes actions to both prevent people becoming overweight and to support people who need extra help in making healthy food choices and managing their weight. Working with partners who can contribute skills, knowledge and influence is key to achieving our strategy, together with talking to local people about what encourages them or makes it difficult to be a healthy weight. It is a ‘healthy weight’ rather than an ‘obesity’ strategy to capture what we are aiming to achieve in Swindon and recognises that weight can be an issue for anyone.

Eating well and being physically active go hand in hand so this strategy should be read together with the Active Swindon Strategy which is about getting more people in Swindon active.

Swindon Healthy Weight Strategy 2017-22 (1Mb PDF)

Get Swindon Active Strategy 2015-20 (2Mb PDF)

Public Health England have produced a set of local level National Child Measurement Programme profiles and Physical Activity profiles along with accompanying interactive data tools.

The following report provides a brief summary of the NCMP data for Swindon in 2018/19.  It looks at trends over time and compares Swindon with a number of similar areas.

Swindon NCMP Summary Report 2018/19 (1.59Mb PDF)


For two years running in 2018 and 2019, Swindon took part in the Beat the Street game, which aims to increase physical activity levels and reduce inactivity for adults and children as well as connect people to each other and where they live. Below are the post-game evaluation reports: 

Swindon Beat the Street 2018 game - 12 months post-game evaluation report (946Kb)

Swindon Beat the Street 2019 game - 6 months post-game evaluation report (1.9Mb)


Oral Health

Oral Health has been defined as an ability to eat, speak and socialise without active disease, discomfort or embarrassment. Having a healthy mouth allows us to speak, smile, kiss, taste, chew, swallow and cry. Our ability to have a healthy mouth is affected by our experience of oral diseases. These include tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancers.

The 2016 Oral Health JSNA focuses on oral health and how oral diseases affect the population in Swindon Borough Council (SBC) area.

Further resources

JSNA Annual Summary – Healthy weight, healthy eating and physical activity

The JSNA Annual Summary contains a section on healthy weight, healthy eating and physical activity which can be accessed below. This summary page is only updated in March each year.





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