People from all walks of life came together in Hammersmith and Fulham to discuss innovative ways of improving young people’s health.
The day-long Hackathon event, held at Hammersmith Town Hall on May 14, young people, parents, healthcare and policy professionals, food bloggers, chefs, teachers and many others come together, with people also following and participating through social media sites.
On the day Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s Healthy and Fit Hackathon asked people to generate ideas while competing for the prize of having their plans put into action.
Different groups worked on different challenges including making healthy food more popular , improving participation in exercise, helping families with young children build healthy habits for life and helping teenagers become more healthy , fit and body confident. Each group were aided by experts in health and technology.
The winning pitch involved expanding physical activities in parks, with accessible events with personal trainers and outdoor fitness equipment.
The People’s Choice Award, voted for by everyone involved, was won by a group for their Phood & Fitness app which shows the amount of exercise you need to do to burn off the different food you eat.
Cllr Vivienne Lukey, head of health and adult social care, said: “The hackathon has been a fantastic way to connect with residents who have real knowledge and fascinating insights about improving the health of young people. It was great to work with Public Health England and the NHS on the event.