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Change4Life is a public health programme in England which began in January 2009,[1] run by Public Health England. It is the country's first national social marketing campaign to tackle the causes of obesity.[2]

Change4Life aims to help families make small, sustainable yet significant improvements to their diet and activity levels. It uses the slogan "more kids, less food, eat less, move more, live longer".

Change4Life encourages families to adopt seven healthy behaviours:[3]

  • 5 A Day[4] – suggestions for ways to eat the recommended 5 portions of fruit and veg each day
  • 400, 600, 600 - advice on watching calorie intake at breakfast (400 calories), lunch, and dinner (600 calories each)
  • Watch the salt[5] – advice on reducing the amount of salt eaten each day, ideally keeping it to below 6g for adults
  • Cut back fat[6] – information about the (mainly saturated) fat found in foods and ways to reduce this
  • Sugar swaps[7] – information about sugar found in foods and suggestions for healthier alternatives
  • 100 Calorie Snacks, 2 A Day Max
  • Get going every day[8] – the importance of leading an active lifestyle and ways for adults and children to do this cheaply and easily

Marketing approachEdit

Change4Life adopts an integrated marketing approach and uses a variety of marketing channels including television and radio, digital, social media, PR and direct marketing. It uses animated television advertising by Aardman Animations,[9] as part of a wider campaign. M&C Saatchi lead on the creative aspects of the campaign with additional input from a range of other agencies providing PR, digital, planning and data services.


On Channel 4, Change4Life was a previous sponsor of The Simpsons.[when?]

Local supportersEdit

In addition to consumer marketing, Change4Life engages with intermediaries at a local level, including schools, NHS organisations, local authorities and others.[10] These local supporters are able to interact with the campaign audience in different ways and in different contexts to Change4Life's central approach. Free resources including posters and leaflets are available to local supporters to enable them to do this effectively. .

Change4Life Sports ClubsEdit

Change4Life Sports Clubs[11] were designed by Change4Life in 2011 to increase physical activity levels in less active children in primary and secondary schools by:

  • Using multi-sport themes (primary) or alternative school sports (secondary)
  • Using the inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (which were held in 2012)
  • Responding to what children want
  • Establishing a habit of regular participation
  • Developing a real sense of belonging
  • Changing behaviours relating to key health outcomes (including healthy eating, physical activity and emotional health)

The Change4Life Sports Clubs programme is funded by the Department of Health and managed by the Youth Sport Trust.


Start4Life[12] is a sister brand of Change4Life. It is aimed primarily at pregnant women and new mothers. It encourages a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy (activity,[12] healthy eating,[12] taking supplements,[12] quitting smoking,[12] and avoiding alcohol[12]) as well as a healthy start for new babies (breastfeeding,[12] introducing solid foods,[12] avoiding sugary foods,[12] and activity[12]).

It also encourages fathers,[12] friends and family members[12] to support pregnant women and new mothers in making healthy lifestyle choices. Free leaflets and posters are available to healthcare professionals to help them encourage their patients to make healthy lifestyle choices.[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Sweney, Mark (11 November 2008). "Government unveils details of £275m Change4Life anti-obesity push". The Guardian. London.
  2. ^ "This will be England's first ever national social marketing campaign to reduce obesity" (PDF). HM Government. April 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 June 2018. Retrieved 22 May 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "5 A Day | What Is 5 A Day? - Change4Life".
  5. ^ "Reduce Salt | Low Salt Diet - Change4Life".
  6. ^ "Fat | Reducing Saturated Fat - Change4Life".
  7. ^ "Healthy Snacks - Change4Life".
  8. ^ "Activities for Kids | Kids' Activities - Change4Life".
  9. ^ Boseley, Sarah (2 January 2009). "Matter of life and death: Wallace and Gromit makers get animated over UK obesity crisis". The Guardian. London.
  10. ^ "Campaign Resource Centre".
  11. ^ "Kids' Activities and Sports | Things To Do With Kids - Change4Life".
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Start4Life". Start4Life.

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