Last year, we were sad to hear that the Children’s Food Trust was closing down. The Trust had worked hard for many years to improve the standard of school food and inform parents, teachers and others about the importance of good nutrition in schools. It’s Let’s Get Cooking campaign was hugely popular and made an amazing difference to children and parents around the country.
However, I am delighted that the British Dietetic Association (BDA) is going to continue to deliver Let’s Get Cooking. Along with our friends at Action for Children, another children’s charity, we are committed to keeping this work going to ensure school children have nutritious meals, develop cooking skills and that there are plenty of guides and tips for anyone wanting to know more about this important area.
The BDA and its members are committed to bringing you helpful and accurate information about food and diet and we shall be bringing you more information about Let’s Get Cooking in the future. We are really excited about it and we know you will be too. Eating Well, Living Well applies to everyone in the UK and children’s nutrition is incredibly important. Through this magazine, we are able to give you practical and sensible advice for young and old.
If you want to know more about our work with Let’s Get Cooking, then please visit our website or look out for information in future editions!
Andy Burman – Chief Executive, The British Dietetic Association
As a nation, our eating habits change and adapt to the world around us. One of the top eating trends for 2018 is reported to be veganism and plant-based eating. Vegans exclude all animal products from their diet and avoid any animal products in their lifestyle including cosmetics, household cleaning materials and clothing.
The number of vegans in the UK is slowly increasing, and the range of vegan products and menu items is expanding rapidly. It’s not just vegans benefiting as many consumers are also looking for diverse, healthy, and plant-base options. Awareness of the need for both healthy and ethical lifestyle choices is rising, and plant-based eating generally has a smaller environmental footprint.
In this issue of Eating Well, Living Well, we include articles to help you get to grips with the issues surrounding plant-based eating that emphasise eating plenty of fruit, vegetables and wholegrains, and reducing intakes of animal products and refined foods. There’s quite a difference between being a vegan and adopting a more plant-based diet. Wherever you sit on that eating scale is your personal choice, but the dietetic mantra always rings true – let’s put ‘Food First’, eat a variety of foods and enjoy the food you eat.
Don’t forget it’s also important to keep regularly active and in this issue, we discuss the health benefits of cycling, and how taking to your bike can be good for the planet too.
Penny Hunking – MBDA, RD, R.SEN, RNutr (Public Health)