Latest News from Nutrition and Wellbeing

Healthy Lives, Healthy People: our strategy for public health in England

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

The public health white paper was published today. Of course the media have been building up to the publication for a few days so there weren’t too many surprises. I was pelased to see a continued focus on the importance of a healthy lifestyle including managing obesity. It was particularly encourging to read that the NCMP will stay in place and there will be a focus on managing weight during pregnancy. If you want to read more you can access the white paper

Healthy Lives, Healthy People

Sunlight Robbery: Vitamin D

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Oliver Gillie’s fasinating lecture on Vitamin D is now available on the Caroline Walker Trust website. Dr Gillie summaries that people only obtain around 5% of the Vitamin D that they need for optimum health from their diet, and that even a diet with enriched sources can only provide around 10% of the optimum level. The list of potential consequences is formidable, and with evidence increasing of the need to review Vitamin D requirements this lecture makes compelling reading.

Does labelling on menus mean that people use this information?

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

In an paper in the American Journal of Public Health the authors assessed consumer awareness of menu calorie information at fast-food chains after the introduction of New York City’s health code regulation requiring these chains to display food-item calories on menus and menu boards. Posting calorie information on menu boards increases the number of people who see and use this information. Since enforcement of New York’s calorie labeling regulation began, approximately 1 million New York adults have seen calorie information each day.

See article abstract:

Nanny or nuture ? – San Francisco bars free toys with fast food meals that don’t meet guidelines

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

San Francisco has passed a law barring fast-food restaurants from giving away toys with children’s meals that do not meet nutritional guidelines.

The new law also requires that fast food restaurants also limit the saturated and trans fat in the food that served, nad most important fruit or vegetables need to accompany the meal. What do you think,  are we doing enough in UK to help parents and children make choices that are good for them?

Calories on menus

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Adding calories to your menu can seem like a chore but it does bring competitive advantage, consumers like this level of respect and do make different food choices.

Comprehensive Spending Review

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

The UK Comprehensive Spending Review and Wellbeing

Economic growth and reform are at the at the heart of the spending review and this means services to the public being provided in an efficient way, often through public and private sector collaboration.

During the past six years Nutrition and Wellbeing has developed successful working relationships with public sector organisations such as the School Food Trust and the Food Standards Agency (now part of the Department of Health).  We have also collaborated closely with many local NHS Trusts and PCTs. One of our key aims has been to help or clients deliver efficient and effective service to the public. We feel that a great example of this approach is the Tower Hamlets – Diabetes Day-to-Day project.


Diabetes Day-to-Day Project

Launched on January 5th 2009, the Diabetes Day-to-Day project contacted all people with diabetes in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and offered them educational self-management courses to help them cope better with Diabetes. More than 6,000 of the 11,000 affected by Diabetes signed up.

This pioneering project made huge progress in dealing with the problem of getting people to engage with the health training courses that allow them better manage and take control of their diabetes.

Our project won the prestigious, Adopt, Adapt and Improve, Health and Social Care Award NHS London 2009, as recognition of the innovation and significant impact of this programme.

Diabetes is recognised as one of the NHS’s long-term conditions (LTCs) and it is essential that all people who have the condition really understand it and manage it so that they can maintain their health. Nutrition and Wellbeing managed the nutrition input into the Diabetes Day-to-Day project programme using a version of Xpert adapted for the Tower Hamlets population. This was no small challenge as it required the management of a huge team of dietitians and health trainers across 30+ sites delivering thousands of education sessions over the three month span of the project.  The project would have been challenged to be done within the normal auspices of the PCT because of the budgets and expertise needed. Nutrition and Wellbeing were able to meet these challenges and deliver a great project that met budgets and delivered expected targets.

Nutrition and Wellbeing looks forward to continuing to contribute to the maintenance and improvement of the British public’s wellbeing and we welcome the Government’s comprehensive spending review approach to public / private sector partnership.

Salt too high in children’s meals in hospital

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

There is too much salt and fat in the food served to children in hospital, a survey suggests. Research from Consensus Action on Salt and Health (Cash) found 85 of the 189 child hospital meals tested would be too unhealthy to be served in schools. In other words 55% of meals had an acceptable level of salt and 45% had an unacceptable level of salt. While I believe that nutrition guidelines are important for hospitals, its very important that we recognise that children who are in hospital are unwell and may have a reduced apetite. So we don’t know what the children were actually eating. The message is to take care with our most vulnerable members of society to view the whole picture.
For the full article:

Dairy Council

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

The Dairy Council conference, 5th October, was a great update on Milk in Action. For more information visit the Dairy Council website

Nutrition and Wellbeing provid…

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Nutrition and Wellbeing provide a Calories on the menu service for small and medium size businesses http://www.nutritionandwe…

The School Food Trust and Nutr…

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

The School Food Trust and Nutrition &Wellbeing are running School Food: Supporting caterers