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More groups reject health deal as pledges unveiled

The launch of the government’s “responsibility deal” to encourage healthier lifestyles in England has been overshadowed by the refusal of more health groups to sign up.

More than 170 companies have put their names to a series of pledges covering physical activity, alcohol, health at work and food.

But Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation have joined the six groups that pulled out on Monday.

Just three health groups signed up.

There were a total of 19 core pledges agreed. These include introducing calorie counts on menus in places such as McDonald’s, KFC and Harvester.

The seven major supermarkets and a host of drink manufacturers have also promised to increase the proportion of drinks with alcohol labelling on from 15% to 80% by the end of 2013.

Read more at BBC Health.

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