Rebecca Whale, our new Partnership Manager introduces herself.
Hi, I’m Becky and I am delighted to have joined the FoodWise team. I’ve spent a lot of the last 20 years working in politics, local government and charities, so I’ve always been keen to do what I can to help others, and that’s what drew me to FoodWise.
As a mother of two young children, it troubles me that others of their
age are living in hunger. Recent statistics from the End Child Poverty Campaign reveal that in some areas
of Woking and Guildford child poverty levels are as high as 34%. In an
otherwise affluent part of the UK, the voices of those suffering food poverty
and hunger on a daily basis need to be heard and action taken.
FoodWise’s mission is to get into these areas, offering practical support
and help that gives local people the cooking and budgeting skills to make a
difference to their lives and those of their family.
In my first month I’ve been out talking to Food Banks, schools, local community workers, homeless projects and housing associations, getting to grips with the need and working out how best our Food Coaches can help.
We already have some great partnerships, with The Lighthouse in Woking and with Woking Borough Council, to mention just a couple, and I look forward to building many more in 2017.
Living Well Week is a community wide event, organised by Woking Borough Council. Open to everyone, the week is designed to encourage people to make small changes in lifestyle habits that can have a positive impact on future health and wellbeing.
Around 40% of all deaths in the UK are caused by unhealthy lifestyles and behaviours. According to a Lancet study Britain's obesity levels are the second worst in Europe, with six in ten adults obese. Poor diet is fuelling diseases such as type two diabetes, with a 60 per cent rise in cases over the past decade, and obesity is on course to overtake smoking as the leading cause of cancer.
The good news is it’s never too late to make a change, and even a small change can make a big difference to our wellbeing. Living healthily in midlife can double your chances of being healthy at 70 and beyond. Living Well Week is a chance to take time out to focus on our health, to reappraise our lifestyles and to get help where needed.
For full details of what's on during Living Well Week, please download the brochure.
The kids have been back at school for a week already! If they don't have school dinners now's the time to double check that you are sending them off with a healthy packed lunch.
A healthy packed lunch should include:-
Eating a healthy balanced diet is important to every child’s growth and development. Having a varied diet will help your child to eat more healthily. Here are some ideas to help you encourage your child/children to eat a healthy lunch. Why not get them to help you prepare it – children love to get involved and are more likely to eat something that they have been involved in preparing.
Here are a few tasty ideas to ring the changes with your child's packed lunch or visit Change4Life web site for loads more.
Researchers from the University of Leeds have found that just one in
five packed lunches (for primary aged children) contain a vegetable or any salad, and just 1.6% meet
current nutritional standards. Although it may take a while for your children to get used to a healthier lunchbox, it will be worth it for their health - so keep trying even if you have to start with small changes at first.
In order to eat well you have to shop well. Grace Luke shares her top tips for developing good shopping habits.
It's easy to get tempted into buying on impulse. Shops are highly skilled at attracting you to things you can manage without. I suggest six things to reduce the temptation factor.
Take some time to think about the week ahead – what are you doing each day? Which days will be too busy to cook? Choose a less busy day to bulk cook – make a bolognaise sauce, eat some that day and make a lasagne with the rest to put in the fridge or freezer for your busier day.
Don’t go shopping when you’re hungry – you will buy more than you need. (If you know you’re going to struggle eat a healthy snack before you go).
The market is a great place to buy your fruit and veg, and they often reduce the prices towards the end of the day!
Each week try to buy one staple ingredient to add to your store cupboard so you can russell up something tasty when money is even tighter than normal.
My first course starts on April 21st when I will be assisting Linda at the Sythwood Surestart Centre in Woking. We will be working with young mums encouraging them to cook healthy meals for their families, using fresh ingredients as opposed to bought ready meals or take-aways, even on a restricted budget.
More than 40 guests, including the Mayor, local councillors and professionals working within statutory services in Woking gathered at The Lighthouse for the Working Christian Agencies lunch today. 20 Christian agencies, amongst them FoodWise, shared a one minute pitch about their services, after which guest mingled around the exhibition for more in-depth conversations.
The aim of the event was to forge new connections and development working relationships for the benefit of the local community.
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