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Libraries and job centres could offer public health advice under new Norfolk County Council plans

Librarians and job centre staff could be called upon to dish out health advice to overweight people and smokers in a shake-up of Norfolk County Council’s health strategy.

As the council looks to shave £15.8m from its spending in the coming year, cabinet members will run the rule over a range of proposed changes to how it addresses public health concerns when they meet on Monday.

And these concerns appear to be many, with alarming statistics showing some 400,000 adults in the county are overweight or obese and one in six adults are smokers.

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