Food Partnership looks forward to working with newly elected City Council
We are looking forward to working closely with the newly elected City Councillors following the election results on May 5th which saw the Greens become the largest group on the Council. These elections saw Brighton & Hove become the first local council in the UK to elect the Greens as the largest party with 23 seats, with the Conservatives winning 18 and Labour 13. Food Partnership Chair, Sue Dibb says: ‘The City
Council is a key partner, given its responsibility for the City’s budget, public health and for planning decisions. We work closely with Councillors from all political parties and look forward to working with the new Council to make Brighton &Hove a city that is leading the way in the transition towards healthy, sustainable food for all’. In April the Food Partnership asked all candidates
standing in the City Council elections for their views on a number of issues important to the Food Partnership and our members. Our Ask Your Candidate questions were developed in
consultation with members at our AGM and members event in March. Participants came up with a list of questions and then prioritised them. These were further refined by the Board, staff and volunteers. The final list of eight included questions on how candidates would tackle food waste, support more locally produced food, curb the growth of supermarkets at the expense of local shops and provide more opportunities, particularly for young people, to learn to cook and grow food. The Food Partnership would like to thank all candidates
and parties that responded. The Greens, Labour and Liberal Democrats each provided us with a collective response and we received two personal responses from Conservative candidates. You can view the questions and a summary of responses on our website www.bhfood.org.uk
In their responses to us, both the Green Party and
Labour indicated support for a separate food waste collection in the city, for ways to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas impacts from food, such as ‘meat-free Mondays’ and to explore how planning rules can better support small shops. The responses also showed support across the parties for the idea of a community farm in the city to grow food for the city and provide a space for learning. Thank you to all Food Partnership members who asked
these questions of the candidates that came knocking, and for your feedback on this work. It was great to hear that members found this a useful exercise.
Shape up at work
This programme is for workplaces in Brighton & Hove, it aims to help employees lose weight and become fitter. The Food Partnership’s Healthy Weight team comes to your workplace at a time that suits you to provide a group programme combining advice about nutrition with gentle exercise. Shape-Up at Work is a great way to make your employees feel supported and encourage healthy behaviours.
Why does Shape-Up Work? nDelivered by qualified Dietitians and Nutritionists. nRelaxed and supportive group environment where you can share ideas and helpful tips.
nOur focus is on making small lifestyle changes that are easy to maintain.
nAfter completing the programme we offer continued monthly support for 12 months.
nTaking part with colleagues adds to motivation.
The Shape-Up at Work programme is subsidised by NHS Brighton & Hove. The cost to employers to have this programme delivered in the workplace is £450 for up to 18 people for 8 weeks. For more information contact us on 01273 431703.
What participants have said: “Lovely team all very helpful and understanding. Will definitely carry on.” “This has been a great experience for me, and has helped me to improve my life.” “Absolutely loved doing the exercise... it has helped restore confidence and has quick results.”
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