Oct 05 2011

MEND showcases work to government

MEND attended the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester this week to showcase our work to government ministers, MPs, and other conference delegates, and talk about what MEND would like to see the government doing to improve public health.

Andrew Lansley, the Secretary of State for Health, Anne Milton, Public Health Minister, and Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society all visited MEND’s exhibition stand to hear about our work helping children and adults become fitter, healthier and happier.

Harry MacMillan, Chief Executive of MEND, also attended a roundtable meeting with Anne Milton to discuss in more depth what we feel the government should be doing to address obesity levels in the UK and to raise our concerns about the effect that the current NHS transition period is having on MEND’s local delivery teams.

Meanwhile, just outside the conference hall, experts at the Diabetes UK Roadshow - which is being run in partnership with MEND - were busy risk-assessing members of the public, conference delegates and MPs for type 2 diabetes.  MEND ambassadors were on hand to tell members of the public how MEND helped them get fit and healthy and to sign-post families to the local MEND programme.

MEND’s presence at the conference was a success and we hope to continue to work with the government to provide an effective solution to obesity.

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