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Obesity still rising, but better news on fruit and veg consumption

The Health Survey for England monitors trends in the nation’s health, and the latest figures show obesity is still rising. The prevalence of obesity has generally fluctuated between 23% and 27% between 2003 and 2016, but last year it was 29%. The survey showed that most adults surveyed (64% of 8,000) were overweight or obese…
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The pint-sized drinks business setting the bar high

Ahead of the launch of Footprint’s new drinks section in January, chief executive Stephen Glancey explains why C&C Group remains an industry outsider despite this year’s acquisition spree. By Nick Hughes. One can only assume Stephen Glancey is being modest when he describes C&C Group as a "small, local" business. With net revenue totalling over…
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Out of home sector told to step up on sugar

Foodservice businesses have been warned to increase their efforts to reduce sugar or face government action. Speaking at last week’s Food Matters Live event in London, Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, said customers want faster progress from the food industry, and in particular, those businesses that have taken little or no action.…
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Health experts call for antibiotic use ban on farms

Ten of the UK’s most senior medics have called on the government to ban preventative antibiotic group treatments in livestock. In a short letter, the experts warned that failure to enforce a ban “will result in the UK having some of the weakest regulatory standards for farm antibiotic use in Europe”. This could “seriously undermine…
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Soft drinks tax brings in £150 million

Soft drinks manufacturers and traders have paid an extra £153.8 million in tax since April, due to the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL). The tax was introduced in April 2018 and applies to the packaging and importation of soft drinks containing added sugar. It was introduced as part of the government’s initiative to tackle childhood…
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Health & Vitality 2019 Roll of Honours Announced!

The initiatives demonstrated in 2019’s Health & Vitality Honours programme have highlighted the advancement in attitudes to health, nutrition and wellbeing in the industry. We have again seen great strides made this year, demonstrating just how important this subject is to the industry and the acknowledgement of the level of responsibility that the sector has -…
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Interview: Prime cuts – why it’s time to rethink our meat habits

The new head of Eating Better wants businesses to back a target to halve meat consumption by 2030. Simon Billing tells Footprint why the ‘less and better’ message is starting to cut through. By Nick Hughes. Nick Hughes: You’ve been with Eating Better for almost six months now. How do you assess the strength of…
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Benefits of plant-based diets need to be reflected in dietary guidelines

Well-balanced and predominantly plant-based diets can lead to improved nutrient levels, reduce premature deaths from chronic diseases by more than 20%, and lower greenhouse gas emissions, fertiliser application, and cropland and freshwater use, according to new research. The study, published in The Lancet Planetary Health, is reportedly the first to comprehensively assess the relationship between…
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Further decline in vital meals on wheels services

Almost one in four (24%) UK councils have stopped offering meals on wheels since 2014, according to new research by the National Association of Care Catering (NACC). The service, through the provision of a hot, nutritious meal, enables the elderly and vulnerable to live independently in their homes for longer. This can reduce pressure on…
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Sales of sugary drinks in hospitals will be cut to 10%

Every NHS hospital has agreed to reduce sales of sugar-sweetened drinks to 10% or less of their total drinks sales. NHS England introduced cash rewards for those that hit the target last year, and more and more trusts have signed up since. The latest data shows that the proportion of drinks sold on NHS premises…
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