Launch of training programme to promote healthy food in schools and hospitals
The Mayor of London and the London Development Agency (LDA) yesterday announced a new training programme to help tackle childhood obesity with a pioneering scheme that will promote healthy school dinners.
London has the highest level of obesity among children in England at around 18 per cent. The new scheme will see £970,000 investment from the Mayor and the LDA to provide over 1000 free training places for public sector caterers and procurement managers to help provide healthier food to schools. The scheme will also benefit hospital patients, the homeless and the elderly and other public sector catering outlets.
As part of the scheme, school catering staff will be offered expert training in order to provide London's schoolchildren with healthier diets. Currently children only eat an average of 2.5 portions of fruit or vegetables a day, instead of the recommended five a day. Other diet-related concerns include the rise in childhood diabetes Type 2 which is now regularly being seen in children as young as seven.
The programme - Good Food Training for London - is delivered by Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency (GCDA), working in a unique partnership with Sustain -The Alliance for Better Food and Farming, Lewisham College and Greenwich Teaching Primary Care Trust. It is part of the Mayor's London Food Strategy, Healthy and Sustainable Food for London, which was launched in 2006. The Strategy identifies food preparation and cooking for public consumption as a high priority.
Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, said:
'Food is an essential part of everyday living that can easily be taken for granted, yet the effects of our food habits are increasingly clear. Obesity levels are rising and many people don't have easy access to healthy and nutritious food. These free training courses will help catering staff working in the public sector to promote heathly diets, where possible using seasonal, locally-sourced food.'
Read more: Government comes in to line with The McCarrison Society and the Welsh Food Alliance!
The Scottish Group of the McCarrison Society was founded in 1981 and holds meetings on nutritional issues particularly relevant to Scottish conditions, more readily accessible to the many Members of the McCarrison Society resident in Scotland and the North of England.
October Meeting, speaker Dr Kieran Yuohy
"Probiotics and Prebiotics" and
Annual General Meeting, Wednesday 17th October,
at Perth Royal Infirmary 5.30pm
The Spring 2007 meeting was held on Saturday 11 May 2007
at the Quaker meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh at 2pm.
The speaker was Prof. Michael Crawford, our UK Chairman and his topic was
"Nutrition as the Driving Force in Evolution - Implications for future health and ability"
Admission by donation.
We have a Scottish website at www.foodforhealthscotland.org and recent additions include an article on Scottish Group founder Walter Yellowlees's 90th birthday party and pieces about pioneering nutritionists W Price and F Pottenger (at bottom of page)
You can contact the Scottish Group Chair, Dr Cedric de Voil, here