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Young people invited to be Health Champions for a day

28th November 2016


Young people aged 14 to 17 are being invited to attend an event at City Hall on Saturday 28 January to come up with creative ideas for making London a healthier place.

The Healthy London Hackathon will be held between 10am and 4pm and will be fast, fun and full of hands-on teamwork.

London currently has more obese children than any other global city. We want young people in London to tell us what they think would make it easier for children and young people to eat well and exercise more.

The hackathon will start with a talk about London’s childhood obesity epidemic.  You will then work in teams to develop a practical solution to one of four challenges:

  1. How can healthy food be more accessible and popular?
  2. What would help young people be more active – including use of green space and community activities?
  3. What could help families with young children to eat well and be active to build good habits for life?
  4. How can teenagers encourage other young people to be more active and healthy? Including spreading the word and championing healthy living in day-to-day life and across the community.

Developing your idea could involve building a physical prototype or producing a scenario play. There will be support from designers and health experts and each team will also create a short film about their idea.

At the end of the day, a panel of judges and everyone taking part will view all the films and identify the best ideas. No homework or experience is required and there will be awards for teams with the best ideas.


More information about the hackathon can be found in the resources section of our website:

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