Healthy Eating and Diet AdviceCooking classes ‘Boost Healthy Diet’ Our My Goodness – cooking for health course can make a difference to your lifestyle. Nutritional information, healthy eating and diet advice. Don’t just take our word for it, that cooking classes can improve your diet, listen to what the BBC have reported: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21478156 Healthy Eating Solutions Ltd, March 2014 African and Caribbean diet “too salty” Young people in the UK could be storing up future health problems by eating far too much salt, according to new research. It’s an issue that is particularly relevant to African and Caribbean communities, according to a nutritionist specialising in African and Caribbean cuisine. In this extract, Nottingham nutritionist Rupert Aikman tells the BBC’s Reya El-Salahi about the dangers of a diet high in salt. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01vl8q7 Healthy Eating Solutions Ltd, March, 2014 Make ‘Nutritionist’ a Protected Term Responsible department: Department of Health Currently anybody can read a few books, call themselves a nutritionist, and start giving out advice. Not all members of the public are aware of this, leading them to seek advice from those unqualified to give it. Some advice could seriously harm peoples health. At this time when preventative medicine through diet is so important, the people giving out dietary advice should be properly qualified to do so. The government should make the term nutritionist restricted to those who have a science based degree in the subject. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/44766 Healthy Eating Solutions Ltd, August 2013 NYC doctors are prescribing fruit & veg http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/07/24/205124705/nyc-doctors-are-now-prescribing-fruits-and-veggies?sc=tw&cc=share Healthy Eating Solutions Ltd, July 2013 Challenging more businesses to commit to healthy eating pledges http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/2013/02/businesses-pledges/ Healthy Eating Solutions, February 2013 Healthy Eating and Diet Advice Healthy eating and diet advice is not just for January or before you go on holiday, it’s a lifestyle choice. Healthy Eating Solutions, January 2013 Food Tax in Denmark The Danish Government introduced a fat tax in 2011 in an attempt to reduce the population’s intake of fatty foods, but have scrapped the initiative and a proposed sugar tax. A Danish minister announced that Danish jobs were being put at risk and customers were crossing the boarder to buy cheaper food. The minister also added that the taxes were regressive and only affected the individuals on low incomes. Healthy Eating Solutions, November 2012 Food Tax? The National Heart Forum will ask for sugary drinks, foods high in saturated fats and salt to be taxed to curb the raise in diseases caused by obesity. The money raised from the tax would be then used to subsidise fruits and vegetables. Will Food Tax Work? No not with small single measures! The multi-facet obesity disease, requires numerous preventive measures, as well as lifestyle and cultural changes within society to combat obesity. Healthy Eating Solutions, November 2012 Food Labelling “A consistent system of front-of-pack food labelling will be introduced in the UK next year, the government say. The scheme will be voluntary, but ministers are confident they have the food industry on board”. BBC News October 2012 Great news! Or maybe not! Campaigners have been pushing for uniform food labels for well over a decade! So it’s disappointing that it’s taken so long for supermarkets, food producers and the Government to announce changes the changes that take place next year. Currently, supermarkets use their own systems, each displaying the information with different visuals, colour and content. The changes next year will be a voluntary scheme so watch this space closely to see if all the food industry follows the suit. Will clearer food labels make a difference in people’s food selection? One of the aims for having a consistent system is for the shopper see at a glance what’s in their food. This can help in making informed healthy eating and diet choices. While the use of nutritional information states importance of nutrition value, this is less likely to sway shoppers for whom “taste of fats, sugars and salts” is the most important driver for their food purchasing. Furthermore, food label information can only be as good as it is interpreted. Therefore it is vital that the shopper is given clear and accurate information. This may involve the education of consumers to ensure the nutritional information is understood correctly. Healthy Eating Solutions, October 2012
The current total annual cost to the NHS for overweight and obesity has been estimated at £1 billion, and the total impact on employment may be as much as £10 billion. By 2050 the NHS cost of overweight and obesity could rise to £6.5 billion and the associated chronic health problems are projected to cost society an additional £45.5 billion a year (at today’s prices).
Tackling Obesities: Future Choices’ Foresight Project, 2007
Almost 700 000 premature deaths could be potentially be prevented each year if UK diets matched nutritional guidelines on fruit & vegetables consumption, & saturated fat, added sugar & salt intake.
Food Matters: UK Government, 2008
The estimated cost of sickness absence to a business with around 100 employees is almost £70, 000 per year. A larger employer with staff of 500 employees, could lose on average 3,700 days to sickness each year (an equivalent of 15 full time staff not working for a full year) CIPD, 2009
Adults can spend up to 60 % of their waking hours in the workplace. This makes the workplace an important setting in which, people can introduce healthy eating and practice dietary advice to benefit their health and protect against illnesses.Obesity trends for English children in reception & year 6,suggests that by 2050, 70% of girls and 55% of boys could be overweight or obese. Prevention is key to tackling childhood overweight and obesity as treatment can prove difficult. It is crucial to emphasise the importance of a healthy varied diet as well as adequate physical activity levels from an early age British Nutrition Foundation, 2011 New year dieting dilemma for Brits – just 61% know what they should eat to lose weight. Furthermore, over one in 10 Brits (12%) say that “I’d like to lose weight, but I don’t know how”
Mintel, a leading market research company, 2012