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Five Year Plan To Get Bucks Eating Healthy

Food - Apples

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 6:05am 20th November 2015.

Buckinghamshire isn't eating well enough.

That's from the County Council, who've put together a plan to get children and the elderly eating better.

Their stats show a fifth of 5-years-olds here have tooth decay and a quarter of 10 to 11-year-olds are overweight or obese.

Nita Mistry teaches healthy cooking in schools and to adults in Aylesbury - she says healthy eating needs to be talked about in schools:

"They should do something, even if it's 5 or 10 minutes a day with the little ones all the way up to secondary school, so it jogs the memory.

"So asking: 'What did you have for tea last night? How much sugar did that contain? Did you cook it yourself? Did you peel something?'"

The County Council's report on this explains why they're focusing on it:

Our eating patterns are changing; major shifts in work patterns, transport, food production and food sales, has led to changes to where, how much and what we eat.

We now have fewer sit-down meals, eat away from home more, and consume more foods high in calories, sugar, fat and salt, compared to previous decades. Food promotions, advertising, pricing and product placement can make choosing healthier options more challenging.

On balance, the energy we take in is more than the energy we need, and as a result almost two thirds of adults and more than one in four children in Buckinghamshire are overweight or obese.

The government’s Foresight report estimates that most British children will be obese by 2050 if current trends continue, therefore there is an urgent need to promote ‘positive food cultures’ linked to healthy outcomes.

BCC say they'd tackle the issue between now and 2020 through programmes at early years level and through schemes with older people.

But Nita says parents should be involved, too:

"I find cooking therapeutic, so, you know, involve the younger ones and if you don't have time in the week, do something at the weekends.

"That way, you feel better and you're doing something for them."

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