Healthy Eating Week (13-17 June) is celebrating its 10th anniversary, which has prompted the non-profit to go all out with the ‘biggest and best’ event.
“School children today are more aware of the need to protect the environment than those who were in school 10 years ago when we held the first Healthy Eating Week,” said Sara Stanner, science director of the BNF.
“However, they aren’t yet necessarily making the connection between their food and eating habits and the health of the planet. The volume and proliferation of information sources that children are consuming 10 years on – many of which are sharing misinformation – is also causing confusion and may negatively impact healthy dietary behaviours.”
This year’s theme – Eat well for you and the planet – aims to debunk these misunderstandings and highlight not only what a healthy diet looks like, but how easy it is to follow.
“When Healthy Eating Week launched in 2013, 67% of men and 57% of women in England were classified as overweight or obese. This number is now 68% and 60% respectively and obesity levels among children are also rising. So, it’s clear more work needs to be done and raising awareness of how to achieve healthy eating and lifestyles needs to remain a top priority,” added Stannar.
“For Healthy Eating Week 2022, therefore, we would like to encourage as many individuals as possible to register and take part in the daily challenges.”
People and the planet
“As we look to the future, ensuring our diets are not just healthy for us, but for the planet, is critical – food production currently contributes to around 37% of greenhouse gases,” added Stanner.