Council charter to bring healthier, tastier, more affordable food for everyone in Nottinghamshire – West Bridgford Wire

Council charter to bring healthier, tastier, more affordable food for everyone in Nottinghamshire – West Bridgford Wire

A new Food Charter has been launched to encourage councils, community groups and businesses to work together and help bring healthy, tasty and affordable food to everyone in Nottinghamshire – no matter where they live.
The pandemic has exacerbated existing food insecurity and increased the risk of obesity and diet-related disease in the longer term.
Findings from the Government’s National Child Measurement Programme 2020/21 show that for England as a whole, obesity has increased from 9.9% to 14.4% in reception age children (from 2019/20) and from 21% to 25.5% in year 6 children.
The national figures show that children living in the most deprived areas were more than twice as likely to be obese than those living in the least deprived areas.
The new charter, which was signed off by the Nottinghamshire Health and Wellbeing Board today ( 9 February ), sets out a shared vision and priorities to improve the local food system over the next four years, focusing on social, environmental and economic outcomes.
Some of the ambitions included as part of the Food Charter are to:
Councillor John Doddy, Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Health and Wellbeing Board, said:
“We need radical change to help people to live healthy and independent lives, particularly in some of the most deprived areas of Nottinghamshire.
“This Food Charter was developed following consultation with residents and stakeholders and I am pleased that local authorities and health partners have endorsed it today.
“We must all now work together, with businesses, the community sector and other organisations, to bring the charter to life and ensure that tasty, healthy and affordable food is available for all our communities.”
Cllr Doddy also spoke to The Wire and said:
‘I think there’s a nutritional emergency in the county, it’s our job to make sure people can eat healthily and affordably and therefore go on to enjoy their later lives.’
‘There is a disparity between say Rushcliffe, with childhood obesity at around 5% and north of the county where some areas have childhood obesity running at 25%, some children starting primary school are already showing signs of health problems that could affect them all of their life.’
‘That’s why we have to act now to ensure affordable healthy food choices can be available to all.’
Read the full report.
Nottinghamshire County Council also passed this  motion on 20 January to see nutrition developed as a key part of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2022 – 2026.
The motion also set out to make Nottinghamshire a ‘healthy food sustainable shire’ and ensure that these principles are considered and reflected in the development of the Council Plan.

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