Local people invited to ‘be food smart’ this summer


Thinking about making a change to your eating habits? Interested in learning new recipes for your family? Want to know how to read food labels? Then join the NHS community food and health team at information roadshows and get food smart this summer.

People in and around Wakefield are being invited to join the community food and health team throughout July and August at roadshows in Agbrigg, Kottingley, Lupset and South Kirkby.

In week 1, commencing 15th July the team will be visiting Agbrigg and events will take place between 10am and 2pm each day.

Monday- Agbrigg and Belle Vue Community Centre
Tuesday- St. Catherine’s Church
Wednesday- Castle Children’s Centre
Thursday- Sandal Magna School
Friday- out and about in Agbrigg

The community food and health team, which is provided by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, work across the district to raise awareness of the health benefits of eating a balanced diet. They encourage local people to overcome barriers that stop them from enjoying a healthy diet and run cook and eat sessions that allow people to develop skills, build their knowledge and their experience of choosing and cooking with healthy food.

As part of the Be Food Smart Summer Roadshow members of the team will be holding cooking demonstrations in each area and handing out Be Food Smart goodies, provided by the national Change for Life campaign.

Everyone will receive a Change 4 Life meal mixer cook book and the team will be demonstrating the Vegetarian Chilli and Bean Salad recipes.

At the same time as sharing information about eating healthily, staff from the Wakefield Change 4 Life team will also be on hand introducing the new campaign ‘Get Going this Summer’ and providing information and freebies to help you make small changes to your lifestyle.

Other local services will also be on hand such as health trainers, the Expert Patients Programme and Wakefield District Housing.

Speaking about the events Bev Juniper, team leader of the community food and health team, said, “All the roadshow sessions are free of charge and will demonstrate how easy it is to make healthy food choices and cook delicious meals. We hope the roadshows will encourage and support anyone who needs inspiration to get cooking or who would like to try making some healthy changes to boost their lifestyle. Look out for the demonstration station where you live!”

To find out more about the events contact the community food and health team on 01924 361212 ext 232 or email foodandhealthteam@swyt.nhs.uk

You can also follow the team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/communityfoodandhealth and keep up to date with where the team are each week and what they have planned.

Local people invited to ‘be food smart’ this summer

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