Luton Food Plan
PHE ePoster Library. Rafiq S. 09/12/19; 274309; 119
Mr. Suliman Rafiq
Mr. Suliman Rafiq
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Abstract Background
After tobacco, diet has the greatest overall impact on wellbeing. Luton Council developed a strategic Food Plan to take a ‘systems' approach to understand and disrupt the underlying causes of poor health and wellbeing through food. Approach:Following engagement with local residents the challenge was to work together to make the healthy food choice the easiest choice, by1) Getting our house in orderLuton Council and its partners will be role models for healthier food, for example replacing unhealthy vending machines and influencing our commissioned services.2) Access to healthier food optionsFeedback from residents was to provide healthier food options to reduce the temptation to eat unhealthily. More than 50 local food businesses have engaged with our ‘Tuck-In' programme as well as working with wholesalers in the town.3) Growing your ownEmpowering residents to grow their own fruit and vegetables and connect pockets of activity.
Results
A number of long and short term measures are used to monitor progress. Achievements include: becoming members of Sustainable Food Cities; various food growing community projects; school catering have reduced sugar by five tons; fast-food planning applications rejected.Summary: This whole-systems approach has raised awareness of the importance of healthy food amongst partners and has led to direct action and improvements. This is one element of a multi-faceted approach to improving healthy weight and activity in Luton. Forming strong partnerships and shared ownership has been critical in making healthy food everyone's business. External funding details
Abstract Background
After tobacco, diet has the greatest overall impact on wellbeing. Luton Council developed a strategic Food Plan to take a ‘systems' approach to understand and disrupt the underlying causes of poor health and wellbeing through food. Approach:Following engagement with local residents the challenge was to work together to make the healthy food choice the easiest choice, by1) Getting our house in orderLuton Council and its partners will be role models for healthier food, for example replacing unhealthy vending machines and influencing our commissioned services.2) Access to healthier food optionsFeedback from residents was to provide healthier food options to reduce the temptation to eat unhealthily. More than 50 local food businesses have engaged with our ‘Tuck-In' programme as well as working with wholesalers in the town.3) Growing your ownEmpowering residents to grow their own fruit and vegetables and connect pockets of activity.
Results
A number of long and short term measures are used to monitor progress. Achievements include: becoming members of Sustainable Food Cities; various food growing community projects; school catering have reduced sugar by five tons; fast-food planning applications rejected.Summary: This whole-systems approach has raised awareness of the importance of healthy food amongst partners and has led to direct action and improvements. This is one element of a multi-faceted approach to improving healthy weight and activity in Luton. Forming strong partnerships and shared ownership has been critical in making healthy food everyone's business. External funding details
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