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The ‘Mary Langman Prize'; is an annual £500 award for an essay that furthers the lessons learnt at the Pioneer Health Centre about the social, emotional and environmental determinants of health. This year's competition is now CLOSED but please visit the website to learn more and register an interest in other initiatives and the 2013/2014 competition.

Further information about the Peckham Experiment is available on the Pioneer Health Foundation website at

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"Transitions from shallow to deep approaches to environmental responsibilities:
- a social ecology perspective"

According to Professor Hill, Social Ecology provides a holistic framework that emphasises the interrelationships between the personal, social, environmental and ‘spiritual’ domains for understanding our past and present, and for collaborating with others in visioning and implementing an improved future. 

‘Social Ecology asks us to clarify our values and act in accordance with them, while taking into account what is needed for the healthy functioning of our local community, the people of the world and future generations, and the natural environment and its inhabitants.’

Location: Frank Parkinson Room, Agriculture Building, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading, RG6 7BE

Date:      Monday 29 September 2008 - 12:00- 13:00

RSVP:     Dr David Pearson, School of Agriculture email  or 0118 378 8470

Read more: Social Ecology: A Seminar presented by Professor Stuart Hill, University of Western Sydney

Coming soon is a Picture menu giving direct access to Articles and Categories, showing how Nutrition and Environmental issues affect human health and reproduction.
The picture will give access to topic areas with a single click from the Front Page:

  • organs and systems, deficiencies and diseases affected by diet
  • Nurture
  • Reproduction, Breast feeding
  • Rivers & Estuaries
  • Marine development of Homo Sapiens
  • Food Groups: pulses, fish, dairy, fruit and veg, staples, Minerals; Wild meat vs domesticated
  • Fish, Fisheries, atmospheric quality
  • and many more to be added. Existing Contents may be categorised and or "Tagged" to draw these threads together...


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!

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