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2020health tackling obesity
04/05/2018 10:05
Social enterprise think tank 2020health says in its latest report on obesity that ‘strong and mandated central policy, supporting bold, holistic local action, is still needed to impact what is arguably the greatest health challenge of the 21st century’.

The report, titled ‘Tackling obesity - What the UK can learn from other countries’ looks at topical obesity intervention strategies from around the world and asks: Can the UK learn from policy abroad? It is the third the organisation has produced since 2014.

Director of 2020health Julia...

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West Midlands LACA Michael Hales Juniper
03/05/2018 11:05
LACA's West Midlands Region has announced it is holding a training seminar on June 7 at Hillstone Primary School in Birmingham. There is no charge to attend.

The event kicks off at 2pm with coffee and a chance to meet some of the Hillstone school food suppliers in an exhibition, with the seminar starting at 2.45pm when Jackie Foster, the regional chair, will welcome delegates.

On the programme visitors will learn about the catering operation...

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LACA
03/05/2018 10:05
Chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall have urged MPs to introduce taxes on chocolate and cakes, while giving evidence to the Health and Social Care Select Committee at Westminster this week.

Addressing the UK’s growing obesity problem - which accounts for one in five early deaths - Oliver claimed that obesity should to be seen as a national security threat, explaining: “When you look at mortality (obesity-related cancers and heart disease deaths outnumbering those caused by crime or...

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LACA
02/05/2018 09:05
To help ensure that vegans are adequately catered for in the public sector, the Vegan Society has launched its ‘Catering for Everyone’ campaign – calling on UK schools, hospitals and prisons to “provide vegan options for everyone, every day”.

The news follows a number of complaints from people who follow a plant-based diet, claiming that they continue to face “challenging situations” in public sector canteens.

‘Catering for Everyone’ will see the society “lobbying institutions on behalf (of consumers) to provide “tasty,...

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LACA
02/05/2018 07:05
Wholesaler JJ Foodservice is to host a number of open days across the country this summer, to showcase the products and services that it offers to customers, including schools and local authorities.

As well as a giving away free products and discounts on food, drink, disposables, packaging and hygiene items, there will be a series of fish and chip workshops and accompanying lunch from caterer, Flipping and Frying.

Terry Larkin, group general manager, said: “JJ Foodservice is keen to...

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LACA
02/05/2018 07:05
In the run up to Hospitality Action’s breakfast seminar this month (17 May), the charity is calling on you, the industry, to fill in its short questionnaire, to help it better understand mental health issues in the hospitality workplace.

Focusing on employee stress – also the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week – the questionnaire will help Hospitality Action “better understand your needs and those of your colleagues” and to improve its services so it can “better support everyone within the industry”.

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LACA
01/05/2018 07:05
Registration is now open for the British Nutrition Foundation’s (BNF) annual Healthy Eating Week (11-15 June), with three times as many workplaces and universities having already signed up compared to this time last year.

The event, which aims to increase knowledge about healthy eating and wellbeing, physical activity, food provenance and cooking, will play a prominent role in over 2,000 schools and nurseries - representing circa 990,000 children and young people - and 700 workplaces, colleges and universities....

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junk, food, schools
27/04/2018 07:04
Plans to limit the number of fast food takeaways near schools in Luton have been approved by councillors, according to BBC reports.

The move by the borough council follows its recognition that about 42% of the town's children in year six, aged 10 to 11, are "overweight or obese".

Luton Borough Council's Food Plan for 2018 to 2022 aims to raise awareness of the importance of a balanced diet and good food in order to...

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LACA
plastic, packaging, waste
27/04/2018 07:04
Sustainability expert WRAP has today (26 April) launched its UK Plastic Pact, with the hope of “transforming the plastic packaging system in the UK and keeping plastic in the economy and out of the ocean.”

Signed by 42 businesses so far, including trade body UKHospitality and soft drink brand, Britvic, the pact will see retailers, manufacturers, recyclers and NGOs across the country come together to cut plastic waste..

By 2015, WRAP aims to:

  • Eliminate problematic or unnecessary
  • ...
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LACA
26/04/2018 08:04
Drainage company Lanes for Drains has launched its ‘Fatberg Fighters’ campaign – working with schools across the country to “teach children about how to treat the UK drainage system with care and in turn, teach their families.”

The initiative comes as the company, part of Lanes Group Plc, continues to find “strange” items during its underground excursions and said 5 to 11 year olds are often “more receptive” to new ideas and habits.

With 46% of Brits admitting to pouring cooking oil or fat down the sink, the new...

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