FOCUS GROUP PROGRAMME
- FOOD TRAILS – Are government recommendations for healthier, sustainable diets suitable for Birmingham’s diverse communities?
- Date: 10th December 2021, 09:00- 10:30
- UCAN, Birmingham City Council – European and International Affairs and community partners
Background: The Eatwell Guide is a policy tool used to describe government recommendations on eating healthily and achieving a balanced diet. A recent study demonstrated that the Eatwell Guide forms an effective first step towards more healthy and sustainable diets in the UK. The author reports that “further adherence to the guidelines would not only result in population health benefits but is also associated with lower environmental footprint due to reduced greenhouse gas emission”.
However, there is criticism that the Eatwell Guide doesn’t go far enough. Community groups have also argued that it isn’t culturally diverse enough. A recent petition attracted nearly 1000 signatures https://www.change.org/p/public-health-england-can-we-make-the-eatwell-guide-more-culturally-diverse.
In this dialogue and debate, you will hear from Professor Louis Levy (Visiting Professor, Public Health and Social Care, Chester University) who was involved in the evolution/development of the Eatwell Guide whilst working as head of Nutrition Science at Public Health England (PHE). You will also hear from Dr. Fabrice DeClerck, Science Director of Eat/Stockholm Resilience Centre. This is the organisation that launched the Planetary Health Diet.
Both will discuss why these policy tools/diets were created and how they can be used effectively to support communities to make healthier, sustainable choices. We will invite citizens including health practitioners who identify with different community groups in Birmingham to respond to the question ‘What stops your community from eating a healthy, sustainable diet?’ and we will discuss willingness to change food habits and the support required from the city to make these changes.
Professor Louis Levy – Key Note Speaker
Professor Levy was responsible for nutrition policy and advice across the UK at the Food Standards Agency (2001 – 2010) with a similar role at the Department of Health (2010 – 2013). Subsequently at Public Health England he was Head of Nutrition Science overseeing the development, interpretation and use of evidence including responsibility for the National Diet and Nutrition Survey and the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition. Since retiring in 2020, Louis continues his interest in nutrition through his visiting role at the University of Chester, involvement in teaching programmes at other universities, involvement in the Association for Nutrition, as a core member of a NICE public health advisory committee and as an expert advisor to the Obesity and Physical Activity team at the Department of Health and Social Care. Louis is a member of the Nutrition Society of Great Britain and Ireland, a Registered Nutritionist and Fellow of the Association for Nutrition and an Honorary Associate of the British Dietetic Association.