What’s next for Newcastle Sugar Smart…

July 6, 2020 3:26 pm Published by

Newcastle Sugar Smart has expanded its reach with a broader diet related ill health group being formed.

The link between what we eat and our health and wellbeing is well documented. A poor-quality diet, along with being overweight or obese increases the risk of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some forms of cancer. Poor diets can also have negative impacts on emotional wellbeing and is linked to the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

The task for this Food Newcastle theme group will be to ensure that messages to support the Eatwell Guide are appropriate for communities in Newcastle and that support is available to help put these messages into practice. This will help people recognise the benefits of eating a balanced, healthy diet and the range of conditions this will help to prevent.

It is hoped the work of this group includes developing support for Newcastle’s bid for UNICEF UK Child Friendly Status. It would also be well placed to support the planning and delivery of the Weight Off Your Mind programme developed by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and Tees, Esk and Wear Valley’s NHS Foundation Trusts. This will develop support and advice for people in the community with mental health issues or learning disabilities around healthy eating.

Currently led by David Stobbs (Newcastle Public Health) the group has representation from Newcastle Nutrition, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle United Foundation, Hat Trick, Newcastle University, Food Newcastle, Healthworks, Compass Group, GLL, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Northumbria University, Public Health, Children North East and the Community Family Hub East.

If you are interested in supporting this theme please get in touch.

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