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£30m obesity investment for nine towns

Health secretary Alan Johnson has announced a £30m investment package to improve the health of people in nine cities and towns across England.

The investment is the latest scheme in a £372m strategy to tackle obesity, announced by the Department of Health earlier this year.

As part of a new coalition called "Change4Life", the Government, food retailers, charities and community groups, will promote healthy lifestyles and food choices through a range of initiatives to promote health living, such as loyalty schemes and cycling projects.

But Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley said the scheme was too similar to previous unsuccessful initiatives, and ‘had all the hallmarks of the Government's short sighted approach to tackling public health issues.'

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