Who should be responsible for keeping us healthy?
Councils are to be put in charge of encouraging healthier lifestyles under plans to be unveiled by ministers. Should councils be in responsible for encouraging healthy living?
The government believes the wider remit of councils in areas such as housing, transport and leisure puts them in a stronger position to tackle smoking, drinking and obesity in England.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley told the BBC: ""We have got to arrive at a point where politicians stop just telling people how to be healthy but actually help them to do it." The public health White Paper will say the key to encouraging healthier behaviour lies in creating the right environment and then "nudging" people into making different choices.
Employers will also be told they have an important role in helping and supporting staff as well.
Should government take a "less intrusive" approach to public health? How much is it up to government to set the healthy living agenda? Will the plans help reduce the gap between rich and poorer areas? Do people need to do more to help themselves?
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