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Hospital workshop aims to bin unhealthy diets

Hospital workshop aims to bin unhealthy diets

Published at 7:02am 15th April 2016. (Updated at 3:58pm 15th April 2016)

A workshop to address how unhealthy food is destroying the local community’s health is being held at Airedale General Hospital.

Representatives from the food industry have been invited to join forces with farmers, gardeners and those from health, education, local government, scientists, researchers and charities to look at how best to change food culture across the district.

The event called Together Food and Health has been organised by anaesthetist Frank Swinton from Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and Chris Bem, a surgeon from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

It's also being supported by Clinical Commissioning Groups, Bradford Council and community groups.

Frank Swinton, of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We are trying to get people together from diverse institutions and walks of life to recognise the huge problems of obesity and diabetes in today's society and to take action to help our future generations lead healthier lives.

"This is the first time an event like this has been organised at the hospital and probably in the district. My dream is for in 20 years' time to look back at this event when we all decided that we need to be much better at promoting healthy food and a sustainable environment, brought our ideas to the table and managed to make a difference."

Themes for the seminar will be changing the food culture across the district so that residents understand more about nutritious food, improving access to healthy food, examining the links between food, sustainability, resilience and a healthy local economy, how farming and the land can become part of our daily mindset and implementing a food policy which will create a healthy future for everyone.

This is the first of three events, with the others looking at travel and health at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on Friday 8 July and work and health at Bradford City Hall on a future date.

For more information about the other events or the initiative, e-mail frank.swinton@anhst.nhs.uk