Hot off the press!
Today we’re celebrating the publication of the Mayor’s London Food Strategy.
And we really like the Mayor's definition of good food, encapsulated in this lovely graphic, celebrating the intersection of health, accessibility, sustainability, livelihoods, and culture.
The strategy has an increased focus on schools and their fundamental role in helping to address food and wellbeing issues, including childhood obesity. We are encouraged by the Mayor’s commitment to lobby Government “to provide universal free school meals for all to help tackle child obesity and food insecurity and produce further guidance to support all schools to implement the School Food Standards.”
We're also pleased to note that the Mayor is encouraging partners to campaign for Ofsted to “adopt food as a key indicator of schools’ and early years settings’ performance”. We would have been even happier if the Mayor himself had committed to lobby Government for this change but, for now, endorsement is helpful.
We believe that the introduction of a healthy rating scheme for schools as proposed in Childhood Obesity Plan Ch. 1 and 2, is a unique opportunity to celebrate the schools that are leading in establishing a good food culture and encourage those school yet to get involved. This will be a campaign focus for 2019 so watch this space!
Three cheers for the London Food Board and the Mayor of London for producing a robust strategy and showing strong leadership to help create a fairer food system in London.
In other news ...
A new study, from the University of Leeds has found a positive association between the quantity of fruit and vegetables consumed and people's self reported well being.
A new survey by Action on Sugar has revealed that many cereals with packaging that may appeal to children still contain 'unacceptable' amounts of sugar and salt with supermarkets' own-brand products being worst offenders.