Friday, 22 October 2010
This time from Oxford University in The Independent
Excessive meat-eating 'kills 45,000 each year' - Health News, Health & Families - The Independent: "Oxford University's heart unit analysed the health consequences of a range of diets, concluding that eating meat no more than three times a week would prevent 31,000 deaths from heart disease, 9,000 deaths from cancer and 5,000 deaths from strokes each year, saving the NHS £1.2bn."
Whilst Croydon Council turns a blind eye, people are dying, kids are becoming chronically ill.
Monday, 4 October 2010
Yum Yum Yum - NOT!
Interesting piece on transition town food here - New Forest Food by Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Elizabeth Kucinich, Director of Public and Government Affairs in PCRM, has published this message today: Congress is on the verge of voting for a new Child Nutrition Act, and we’ve received word that an excellent House version of the bill, which would allow more children to have access to healthful plant-based options, may be rejected for a much weaker, stripped-down Senate version. This Senate version will make it harder for children to choose healthy food options in the cafeteria. Our chance to improve school lunches across the nation lies in the hands of Congress today! Please urge key leaders in the House to pass the superior House bill, H.R. 5504, and reject the Senate’s bill, S. 3307.
Please follow this link ASAP to send an email, or for more info: http://www.pcrmlf.org/cna/index.cfm
The health of America's children is declining rapidly, with millions afflicted by obesity and at high risk for adult diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. These children, many of whom get more than half of their daily calories in the school lunch line, are not given the opportunity to choose healthier food or learn good eating habits at school. Urge Congress to help provide students more plant-based options in the federally funded school lunch and school breakfast programs. Please support H.R. 5504, The Improving Nutrition for America's Children Act of 2010, to give students the healthy school lunches that they deserve.
Friday, 17 September 2010
Wake up Croydon Council ! Wake up Croydon PCT ! Yo hello Headmasters of Croydon Schools and education trusts.
The status quo is suicide - inaction is not acceptable - what are you going to do ?
Most Americans still aren’t eating enough vegetables, and fruit consumption has dropped slightly, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. Researchers found that last year about one-third of U.S. adults consumed fruit or fruit juice at least twice a day, down slightly from more than 34 percent in 2000. About 26 percent of Americans ate vegetables three or more times a day, the same results as reported in 2000.
The UK and particularly Croydon need to take a lead on this to avoid even more damning figures on Croydon's state of ill health
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Early Day Motion
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Will the calories you have to eat to get the tokens over shadow the calories you could burn from doing the activity?
Will it be a net weight gain or net weight loss?
More childhood obesity or less?
Thursday, 8 July 2010
The government want people back to work at the same time as threatening to reduce child care and activity centres such as dads time. It's vital for social equity and development that dad's have a place to go with their kids. Research available from the Pre School Learning Alliance shows a number of benefits for children who have a stable and empowering relationship with their fathers that benefit society and community immensely.
Projects such as dadstime are vital for children's emotional, educational and physical well-being as well as impacting on health and nutrition and general social development.
Mobile Phone Version Boris Goes to Dadstime
Monday, 7 June 2010
What's on? a family fun day event at Wandle Park Waddon in Croydon by Wandle park tram stop
When ? 19th June 12 - 4pm
Who will be there? kids Childrens TV celebrity Dave Benson Phillips and a few pirates, a story teller, circus stuff
Monday, 24 May 2010
Get out of the city ! Bristol is only a few hours away, hop on a train and walk across the river to the harbourside for the best value fun this summer.
Bristol Bank Holiday Weekend What's On Event Festival for all the Family: Last chance to buy tickets online and save yourself money on the gate ticket price.
Tell your friends, facebook, email, twitter and meet up this Bank Holiday weekend in Bristol - for the world's most fun, environmentally friendly green 100% vegetarian Vegan food and music festival. Something for everyone from kids to senior citizens and the Bristol Massive in between. Eco Veggie Fayre
Friday, 23 April 2010
Following a catalogue of profit first people second decisions Croydon's Conservative led Council now plan to turn Croydon into a massive rubbish dump for the south of London at a cost of £1 Billion and and even greater cost to the environment, amenity and health of the borough.
The Croydon Green Party have uncovered the Tory plans to scupper plans for better recycling by building a facility that will have to import lorry loads of rubbish and waste from London and surrounding areas to make it viable.
It will require a constant supply to feed it thus disincentivising recycling efforts.
The Croydon Green Party have identified a number of threats to Croydon resident's health - this is catastrophic news for a borough that has already been named and shamed as the unhealthiest in London.
It is further evidence of the Conservatives total disregard for optimum health in Croydon.
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
Whoa! We think things are bad in Croydon with our Burger King sponsored Mayday NHS Hospital
In Lewisham they are persecuting people for deciding not to eat meat and dairy! Looks like they'll soon be the unhealthiest borough in London if they scare residents into not eating fruit and vegetables.
The family they threatened and refused legal aid to were not even vegan or vegetarian - they all ate fish.
The vegan families in Lewisham must be petrified they will have the Lewisham Health and Social Services mafia banging down their doors for eating too many fruits and vegtables any day now.
Lewisham Council quite rightly awarded a 'Twonk of the Week' award by the Pirates of The Carob Bean for such blatant professional incompetance.
More on the London Nutritionist Blog
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
London Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston today hit out at Croydon Tory Council
"I really can't understand why Croydon Council wouldn't want to jump at the chance to implement this. Having a weekly focus on 5 a Day is a total no brainer. Surely only eating more of the foods we typically don't get enough of in modern diets for one day a week is logical enough even for a conservative councillor to get their head around."
"It's cost effective, it's easy, it's healthy, it's sustainable, it's inexpensive, it's positive"
Yvonne reveals that only response from the Croydon health administration so far is that they couldn't endorse or recommend restricted diets. Apparently a days focus on plant foods would be classed as a restricted diet.
Tony Bishop-Weston author of "The Complete Book of Vegan Cooking" says "The restricted diet excuse is complete nonesense, a red herring, caterers work on a 1-3 week rota and have to get minimum levels of key nutrients included in a set period. Nowhere does it say you must include saturated animal fat laden protein, processed nutrient deficient carbohydrates, and fibre free food every day of the school week."
If Croydon wants to shake off it's label of the unhealthiest borough in London and reduce childhood obesity and rising rates of diabetes then they have to start taking more responsibility for practical health education in the borough and being more proactive rather than leaving it to Rentokil (Eden Foods) to profitably defend the school dinner status quo.
Scarlett Johansson has recently sent a request to Congress to add more fruits, vegetables, and healthy meal options to school lunchrooms.
This is great news that a greater focus has been put on the next generation to avoid our health mistakes and get our school kids to learn healthy habits.
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
You've seen what Red and Blue can do - what would making Croydon Green do?
The certainly will do everything in their power to stop conservative council plans to turn Croydon into a massive Rubbish Collection Centre for South London coming to fruition. Croydon Green Party estimates 50,000 truck journeys of rubbish per year, and that's just the beginning.
Yum yum yum - an incinerator is expected to pump nano toxic particles into the air for Croydon's school children to breathe in.
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Now Croydon drops behind San Francisco in the race to promote 5 a day healthy diets through Sir Paul McCartney's Meat Free Monday Campaign
The predominantly conservative Tory led stick in the mud Croydon council still continues to turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to a healthier, more sustainable Croydon, lagging behind even the sausage eating Belgium town of Ghent in the race to support Sir Paul McCartney's Meat Free Monday Campaign
They say enough is being done. Clearly not though as Croydon is designated as one of the unhealthiest boroughs in London with discraceful rates of childhood obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Please write to your councillors and urge them to push for a 5 a day day every week in schools and council offices and hospitals.
Vote for a new councillor is is committed to improving health and sustainability in Croydon
Thursday, 1 April 2010
1st April 2010
In a last ditch effort to avoid a hung parliament with the Green Party holding the balance of power The Prime Minister Gordon Brown is apparently discussing making Meat Free Mondays compulsory in schools and hospitals
Monday, 22 March 2010
Listening to BBC radio and TV today you'd think Croydon's obesity problems could be solved by sprinkling seaweed on Croydon's fast food diet of fried chicken, pizzas , chips and burgers.
Newcastle University researchers found alginate - a fibre found in sea kelp - reduces the body's fat uptake by more than 75%. That is better than most anti-obesity treatments.
However top uk nutritionist, Croydon based Yvonne Bishop-Weston said today "Seaweed does have many useful nutrients and many of those are good for weight loss but their idea of adding seaweed to the foods responsible at the root of high obesity rates is counter productive. White bread and biscuits full of trans fats and sugar will still be anti- nutritional with added seaweed or not."
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Nestle got the Greenpeace treatment in Croydon Today. They climbed up above reception, hung a massive banner and filled the streets with orangutangs with placards.
No wonder. The new Fairtrade sticker on Kit Kat hides the fact that Nestle is anything but fair to the Rainforest and the Orangutans that live there. The Palm Oil Nestle use is responsible for massive devastation.
See also Nestle , Croydon
Thursday, 25 February 2010
Decade of spending on health messages 'has had little effect' - Health News, Health & Families - The Independent
Monday, 15 February 2010
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
London Borough of Croydon: School catering - Schools in the Central Contract: "Schools in Croydon that are in the central contract
Most schools in Croydon have their school meals provided by Eden Foodservice through a contract organised by the council."
If you have had problems with the catering for your children particularly if related to your kid's health we'd love to hear from you.
Or if you are a pupil at one of the following schools we'd love to hear your complaints and praises too.
Please leave comments below
All Saints Infant School
All Saints Junior School
Ashburton Infant School
Ashburton Junior School
Atwood Primary School
Beaumont Primary School
Benson Primary School
Beulah Infant School
Beulah Junior School
Broadmead Infant School
Broadmead Junior School
Byron Primary School
Castle Hill Primary School
Chipstead Valley Primary School
Christ Church Primary School
Coulsdon Primary School
Courtwood Primary School
Cypress Infants School
Cypress Junior School
David Livingstone Primary School
Davidson Primary School
Downsview Primary School
Duppas Junior School
Ecclesbourne Infant school
Ecclesbourne Junior School
Elmwood Infant School
Elmwood Junior School
Forestdale Primary School
Gilbert Scott Primary School
Gonville Primary School
Good Shepherd Primary School
Greenvale Primary School
Gresham Primary School
Heavers Farm Primary School
Howard Primary School
Kenley Primary School
Kensington Avenue Primary School
Keston Primary School
Kingsley Primary School
Margaret Roper Primary School
Monks Orchard Primary School
Norbury Manor Primary School
Orchard Way Primary School
Oval Primary School
Parish Church Infant School
Parish Church Junior School
Park Hill Infant School
Park Hill Junior School
Purley Oaks Primary School
Regina Coeli Primary School
Rockmount Primary School
Roke Primary School
Rowdown Primary School
Ryelands Primary School
Smitham Primary School
South Norwood Primary School
St Chad's Primary School
St Cyprian's Primary School
St John's Primary School
St Joseph's Infant School
St Joseph's Junior School
St Mark's Primary School
St Mary's Infant School
St Mary's Junior School
St Peter's Primary School
St Thomas Becket Primary School
The Hayes Primary School
The Wattenden Primary School
Waddon Infant School
West Thornton Primary School
Whitehorse Manor Infant School
Whitehorse Manor Junior School
Winterbourne Infant School
Winterbourne Junior Boys School
Winterbourne Junior Girls School
Woodcote Primary School
Woodside Infant School
Woodside Junior School
Special schools and pupil referral units
Bensham Manor School
Bridge to School Pupil Referral Unit
St Giles School
St Nicholas School
Red Gates School
Coningsby Centre Pupil Referral Unit
Moving on Pupil Referral Unit
Phil Edwards Pupil Referral Unit
Victoria House Pupil Referral Unit
Archbishop Tenison's High School
Coloma Convent Girls' School
Selsdon High School
St Andrew's High School
St Joseph's College
St Mary's High School
Great expose of kiddie food guru Annabel Karmel and manufacturers duping parents on child nutrition.
Was very interested in Cow & Gates response in their defense of the high sugar (Lactose) follow on milk. They said that children's high protein diets have been shown to be linked to obesity in later life.
We searched for the research. What the research actually reveals is that high meat and cheese diets lead to increased risk of obesity. The research certainly doesn't justify replacing saturated animal fat with sugar as a route to health. This is unforgivably misleading and irresponsible BAD SCIENCE - Dr Ben Goldacre? where are you when there's a REAL crime being committed???
Early protein intake and later obesity risk
1 From the Research Institute of Child Nutrition, Affiliated Institute of the University of Bonn, Dortmund, Germany (ALBG, AEB, and TR), and the Department of Nutrition, Food and Consumer Sciences, Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Fulda, Germany (AK)Results: The ages of 12 mo and 5-6 y were identified as critical ages at which higher total and animal, but not vegetable, protein intakes were positively related to later body fatness. In fully adjusted models, animal protein intake at 12 mo was associated with BF% at 7 y as follows [x (95% CI) BF%]: T1, 16.20 (15.23, 17.25); T2, 17.21 (16.24, 18.23); T3, 18.21 (17.12, 19.15); P for trend = 0.008. With respect to food groups, dairy, but not meat or cereal protein intake, at 12 mo was related to BF% at 7 y (P for trend = 0.07). Animal protein at 5-6 y yielded similar results (P for trend = 0.01), but food group associations were less consistent.
Conclusion: A higher animal, especially dairy, protein intake at 12 mo may be associated with an unfavorable body composition at 7 y. The age of 5-6 y might represent another critical period of protein intake for later obesity risk.
For independent expert advice on healthy children's diet please seek a qualified, professional and experienced nutritionist such as Yvonne Bishop-Weston at Foods for Life