Tag - 17th September 2013
Linda Hindle‘s presentation at the Birmingham Sustainability Forum was about tackling childhood obesity – incredibly, one in four children in Birmingham are obese by the time they leave primary school.
- making sure Birmingham’s environment encourages participation in physical activity and enjoyment of healthy food
- changing behaviour so that children make the choice to be more active and eat healthy foods
- Birmingham families should have access to local opportunities for physical activity and healthy food
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Adrian Morley gave a presentation at the Birmingham Sustainability Forum about the Food-Smart City Project. You can read the full presentation above – in it, Adrian talks about what a food-smart city is and the goals of the project. It aims to forge relationships between West Midlands universities in support of “economic, social and cultural well-being.”
The presentation covers a lot of interesting points, including the key considerations and aims which factored into its development. But the priorities are particularly worth noting:
- teach children where food comes from, how to grow/cook food, and what healthy diet consists of
- make sure every adult can cook a healthy meal which is quick, low-cost and tasty
- tackle barriers to healthy eating especially for people on low incomes
- halt childhood obesity
- radically reduce food waste
- encourage participation in individual and community growing projects
- ensure institutions and businesses serve healthy food to staff and customers
- encourage entrepreneurs to get involved in the local food industry
Continue reading “Roger Harmer on the development of a Birmingham Food Charter, at Birmingham Sustainability Forum”
Birmingham Food Council: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this city were renown for being a place where children eat well?
I suspect that the origins of the Birmingham Food Council began with this unprepared, off-the-cuff remark I made at the end of my presentation on What it takes to feed the city made at the Birmingham Sustainability Forum a year ago in September 2012:
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We’ve finished the presentations and broken out into table discussions to talk about the issues mentioned by each of the four speakers:
- Roger Harmer, who drew up the Birmingham Food Charter
- Kate Cooper, chair of the Birmingham Food Council
- Adrian Morley from the Food-Smart City project
- Linda Hindle, Birmingham Public Health Consultant Dietician
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Above is the presentation I’m giving this evening.
It is at the Sustainability Forum in the Council House. Just over a year ago, I gave a presentation: What it takes to feed the city, based on the scenarios project. I mooted then the idea of a Food Council.
Birmingham Public Health took up the idea. They asked Roger Harmer to draw up a Food Charter, which he’ll be talking about tonight.
Using Roger’s work as a basis, I’ve been talking to people over the summer about the Food Council governance, structure, terms of reference. This evening’s Sustainability Forum is an opportunity for people to hear about and comment on the work so far.
This is a very, very exciting development for Birmingham. I feel deeply privileged to have been asked to chair it.