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27/07/2018 07:07
A new programme is launching in time for the summer holidays to provide low-income families with ‘free healthy food and enrichment activities.’

Founded by Family Action, ‘Families, Food and Fun’ (FFF) will be supported by the charity Magic Breakfast and Brakes’ Meals & More programme. Funding will come from the Department for Education (DfE).

The initiative comes as schools close for the summer, recognising that the loss of...

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Industry
26/07/2018 10:07
Northumbria University will teach the public about healthy eating this summer (3-4 August), in partnership with education caterer Chartwells (part of Compass).

Among the line-up is Chartwells’ culinary director, Rob Kennedy - former executive chef at Sandhurst military academy and winner of the Craft Guild of Chefs 2016 Competition Chef Award.

‘Keen to share the benefits of good food,’ Kennedy will join university staff and other chefs at the...

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Industry
26/07/2018 07:07
With childhood obesity listed as “one of the most important challenges of the 21st century,” ProVeg UK is urging schools to adapt their menus in response to shocking obesity rate figures released this week.

Published by Public Health England (PHE, 23 July), the figures show that the proportion of children aged 10-11 with ‘severe’ obesity has never been higher.

As such, ProVeg is calling on schools to make “small changes towards a more plant-based offering, which will make a huge difference...

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Industry
25/07/2018 10:07
Taking action into its own hands, Wakefield city is following the success of its three-year, Three Area Project (TAP), which launched in 2010 to tackle on-going childhood obesity.

With a one-off £2.5 million investment from the council and NHS, Wakefield set out to transform three local communities to help ‘encourage healthier lifestyles and reduce obesity rates.’

As part of this, Greenhill Primary School was one particular focus. Encouraging children to get their...

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Industry
24/07/2018 07:07
Agricultural bodies are uniting this month to “raise consumer awareness of red meat’s positive messages,” as part of a brand new, wider initiative.

The jointly-funded project will see Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) Meat Promotion Wales and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) work together to promote red meat as part of a balanced diet.

It forms part of AHDB’s £2 million funding for its...

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Industry
24/07/2018 07:07
Shocking new figures from Public Health England (PHE) have today (24 July) revealed that “severe obesity in children aged 10-11 have reached the highest point since records began.”

The data comes from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), which monitored obesity trends in schoolchildren from 2006/07 to 2016/17.

Having recorded the height and weight of over one million children in reception (4-5 years) and year six (10-11 years) in school each year, key...

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Industry
23/07/2018 07:07
Parents of primary schoolchildren at the Cardiff-based school, Ysgol Y Berllan Deg, queued up from 3am to secure a spot on its pre-school breakfast club.

With 400 school kids, the government-funded scheme offers just 80-150 places on a first-come, first-serve basis – leaving hundreds with a place.

According to The Times, ‘more than 130’ parents queued up, including Annett Farrow (69), who left her house in West Wales at 1:30am to secure...

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Industry
Derbyshire county council food for life funding
20/07/2018 07:07
Derbyshire County Council has announced it is supporting a project designed to encourage school pupils to learn about where their food comes from, how to cook it and how to develop healthy eating habits.

It is providing £70,000 to continue rolling out the Food for Life programme - a national project bringing schools and communities together around the idea of healthy, tasty and sustainable food.

There are 81 schools in Derbyshire currently taking part in the Food for Life project and it...

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Industry
20/07/2018 07:07
School contract caterer Alliance in Partnership (AiP) will be hosting an array of events this British Food Fortnight (22 September – 7 October) at Longlands Primary School (Fairfields).

Taking place during the town’s 2018 Ginger and Spice Festival, AiP will oversee a number of cookery demonstrations and interactive workshops from local chefs, community project leaders and school staff.

It will also donate a collection of seasonal British produce, as a sponsor, and...

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Industry
20/07/2018 07:07
Following the launch of HES Catering Services’ Veggie Run app in Havering council (April), it has just run a ‘healthy school catered lunch’ competition to further drive outdoor activity in local primary schools.

Encouraging all pupils aged 4-11 to take part, the Veggie Run initiative saw nearly 70, 4-11 year olds awarded a brand new bike, helmet and Veggie Run water bottle as their prize.

The scheme invited Havering primary schoolchildren to collect Crunch Brunch character badges (...

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