A new study from Cancer Research and the University of Liverpool with 2,500 7-11 year olds reveals once again how increased exposure to junk food advertising increases children’s desire for less healthy products.
Over 30% of Healthy Start vouchers are not being claimed in London, which would help low income young families afford a healthy diet. London is below national average, with some local authorities making little attempt to increase update. Over £200K is unclaimed across 13 London boroughs.
Six finalists took part in a live cook-off to find the best plant-centred dish made with vegetables grown in and around Glasgow. The winner was head chef of Ox and Finch Aurelien Mourez with a smoked beetroot, lemon sorrel emulsion, potato crisp dish. The judging panel was headed by Gary Maclean, 2016 winner of MasterChef: The Professionals and Scotland’s National Chef.
After a pilot installing 20 fountains this summer, the Mayor has partnered with Thames Water to scale up the scheme with an estimated £5million investment jointly. Sustain welcome the leadership but question whether the ambition measures up to the scale of the problem it is trying to tackle.
The Children's Food Campaign has launched a new survey to make sure parents' views are heard in response to government proposals to ban the sale of energy drinks to children. Join our Parents' Jury today if you want to take part. Deadline: Thursday 25 October 2018.
A study by the Union GMB has found that almost one in ten school staff are bringing in their own food for hungry kids. Read Sustain’s comment.
An event at the Centre for Food Policy - who are a member of Sustain - uses 20 years of experience of the everyday food habits of children and adults to make a true change to our food culture.
The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics - convened by Sustain, Compassion in World Farming and the Soil Association - expresses dismay at plans for the UK to continue to allow routine use of farm antibiotics after Brexit, despite an imminent EU-wide ban on this dangerous practice.
The campaign took over Boscombe market for a day and organised cookery demonstrations, cress-head growing and encouraged people to sign up to community cooking workshops that will happen over the next months.
From October, local authorities will be encouraged to submit proposals for a new Trailblazer programme to tackle childhood obesity, in a partnership between the Department of Health and the Local Government Association. Children's Food Campaign welcomes the initiative, but says it will need to be scaled up for systemic change.
A primary school in the Dorset coastal town of Bridport adopted a farm to fork approach to get students and the school community involved in producing, preparing and eating more vegetables.
Men with high sugar intakes have an increased likelihood of common mental disorders (such as anxiety and depression) after 5 years compared to those with low intake, according to a recent study. The research also showed that having a mood disorder did not make people more inclined to eat foods with a high-sugar content.
The University of Manchester will be welcoming 8,000 new students this September with a unique free gift of a night in, to veg out with new found friends. In partnership with Veg Box People each student flat will be challenged with cooking up and sharing a delicious meal together as a team, whilst savouring the best local organic veg the region has to offer.
The Glasgow Community Food Network is organising a competition aimed at Glasgow chefs. 16 cafes and restaurants will receive a “mystery” box of vegetables grown in and around Glasgow to create a brand new plant-centred dish.
Community Food and Health (Scotland), who are part of the Sustain alliance, are holding their annual Hear Say networking conference on 24 October.
Yesterday the Scottish Parliament passed a motion requesting the Scottish Government bring forward a Good Food Nation Bill.
Sarah Bentley, founder of 100% plant-based community cookery school Made In Hackney, on why Urban Food Fortnight is the perfect time for greens to envy.
Partnering with food growing, social eating spaces and the City Council, the Nottingham Good Food Partnership organised a 'Children's Veg Power! Festival' where hundreds of children had the chance to taste seasonal locally grown vegetables prepared by international cooks and to take home their own decorated pot of veg to grow at home.
The app was created by the London Borough of Havering to promote healthy eating to primary and junior school children. Since its launch earlier in 2018, it has seen an increase in school meal uptake of 14%.
Veg Cities Glasgow launched at a community growing networking event. The city has around 90 community gardens but the Glasgow Community Food Network is advocating for more.
Ahead of the second reading of the Trade Bill in the House of Lords on Tuesday 11 September, the British Medical Association has published a parliamentary briefing on international trade and health, entitled ‘Beyond Brexit’.
New research by Sustain member the Food Foundation shows that low income households may be struggling to afford food that follows the Eat Well Guide
Children's Food Campaign welcomes the start of the Government consultation on proposals to introduce a ban on the sale of high-sugar, high-caffeine 'energy' drinks to children, as part of Chapter Two of the Childhood Obesity Plan for Action, launched in June 2018.
Food historian Bee Wilson argues that a nation’s food preferences have a major impact on diet at an event at the Centre for Food Policy.
A jury in California has awarded a school groundskeeper $289million in damages who got terminal cancer after using a Monsanto weedkiller.
The SUGAR SMART campaign held a successful one year celebration event at London's City Hall, bringing together nearly 100 local campaign leads, organisations, businesses and individuals tackling sugar overconsumption in their communities across the UK.
Whether you are leading a local campaign, taking action as a participating setting, or an individual, take part in SUGAR SMART September using our free resources and sugar reduction challenge ideas.
Does a stranger having heart disease matter as much to me as one having tuberculosis? This was the challenge given at a recent mini-Inquiry at City University looking at whether some public health goals can be supported via new farm policy.
The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld complaints against a KFC 'Mars Krushem' milkshake outside a primary school and a TV ad for Kellogg's Coco Pops shown on a children's channel, but rules aimed at protecting kids from junk food marketing are still not strong enough, say health campaigners.
Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust joins the SUGAR SMART Campaign and announces a ban on sugary drinks sales across all its retail sites, including WHSmith and Marks & Spencer.
According to The NHS, ‘some people with wheat sensitivity have no problems when they eat […] sourdough bread […] or any bread from a specialist bakery, rather than a supermarket.’
14 cities and local areas receive funding from Sustainable Food Cities to run Veg Cities campaigns. Nottingham and Glasgow are the first to launch their campaigns in August, following successful pilots in Cardiff, Brighton & Hove and Birmingham.
The possibility of the UK crashing out of the EU with ‘no deal’ has raised the spectre of potential food shortages. Sustain comments, urging a fair, measured and well-planned approach to avoid unnecessary food disruption and anxiety, particularly for the 8.4 million people in the UK already living with food insecurity.
Modern Baker in Oxford has secured £100k to explore whether freezing can help make carbohydrates healthier
Sustain is shortlisted for its work on Brexit (PR Team category), SUGAR SMART (Campaigning Team category) and for the Children's Health Fund (Corporate Partnership with a Retailer category). The winners will be announced on 3 October 2018.
Sustain is pleased that the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England touches on food production and access to healthier food.
As the latest data from Public Health England's National Child Measurement Programme show obesity levels amongst 10-11 year olds at an all-time high, it's critical to move quickly to adopt new measures in Government Childhood Obesity Plan Chapter 2 and go beyond these, says Children's Food Campaign.
Academics, public health advocates and food and farming specialists have joined forces to call on the Prime Minister and her Cabinet, formally to recognise public health as a public good in UK agriculture policy.
Urban growers from across London came together to share ideas on how food growing can promote good mental health, and learn about social prescribing and social and therapeutic horticulture.
Countries wanting to import meat into Europe will now have to abide by EU laws on antibiotics.
Seven cities and local authorities are looking to dump junk food adverts or promote healthier ones in an effort to tackle diet related disease in their area. The pledges to act were made by places ranging from Bournemouth & Poole to Glasgow following the Sustainable Food Cities conference, just hours after the launch of the Government’s Obesity Plan. Restricting junk food advertising is one of the headline measures of the Plan, alongside a Government pledge to support local trailblazers taking action to improve children’s health.
Patti Rundall OBE, policy director of Baby Milk Action, gives an eye-witness account of US government bullying tactics to prevent global efforts to protect breastfeeding and restrict misleaing marketing of breastmilk substitutes. It wasn't "fake news", she says - it really happened - "I know, I was there".
A study of around 2000 Brits has found that two in three use baking as a way to relax.
Today NHS England have announced that an outright ban on selling sugary drinks in foodservice or retail outlets on NHS premises will not come into force in July 2018, despite including a clause in NHS hospital contracts earlier this year that hinted a ban would be imposed.
The Government has now published details of Chapter Two of the Childhood Obesity Plan. Children's Food Campaign welcomes bold pledges to curb junk food marketing and strengthen School Food standards, but an overall B Grade suggests much more work is needed to turn commitments into action.
On 27 June at Cardiff City Hall, Food Power will host a conference on how local food networks can tackle the root causes of food poverty.
Foods containing artificial trans fats can no longer be bought in US restaurants and grocery shops.
Following his return to civvy street, former army medic Giles Farrington has been living with mental health issues that linger from his time in service. He shares how a passion for Real Bread has become a valuable part of his life.
Following on from a piece in the Guardian about big pharmaceutical companies' marketing campaigns muddying the waters on antiobiotic use in farming, Sustain CEO Kath Dalmeny has written an opinion piece for them. You can read the piece in full here.
Research with parents by Food Active in the North West of England reveals high levels of concern about junk food marketing, and further evidence that the public wants the Government to take action as part of forthcoming 'Chapter Two' of the Childhood Obesity Plan
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