Nutrition

Diet can have a major impact on health. Nearly 1 in 4 adults and more than 1 in 10 children aged 2 to 10 are already obese, and this figure is rising, and obesity can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, some cancers and heart disease. Many people are eating more saturated fat, salt and added sugar than Government recommendations; and too little fruit, vegetables, oily fish and fibre.

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Department calls for action on obesity

making a healthy sandwich

‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People: A call to action on obesity in England’ has been published today. Following on from the Public Health White Paper, this document sets out how action … Read more → – Department calls for action on obesity

Dietary energy recommendations report published

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has today published its report ‘Dietary recommendations for energy’. The full report can be accessed from SACN’s website. Energy requirements for the UK … Read more → – Dietary energy recommendations report published

Guidance and FAQs on food supplements

Responsibility for legislation on food supplements in England transferred from the Food Standards Agency to the Department Health on 1 October 2010. Guidance and summary documents included here have been … Read more → – Guidance and FAQs on food supplements

Bowel cancer awareness campaign to go national

The first ever cancer campaign to increase awareness of bowel cancer will start in January following a successful trial. The ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ awareness ads will aim to make … Read more → – Bowel cancer awareness campaign to go national

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Change4life partners with LazyTown to reach under-fives

cartoon characters from Lazytown

Change4Life is teaming up with the popular children’s TV show, LazyTown, and its superhero Sportacus, to encourage two to five year olds to be more active and eat healthier food … Read more → – Change4life partners with LazyTown to reach under-fives

High street starts counting the calories

Counting the calories

Today sees a new milestone for the Public Health Responsibility Deal, the Government’s new approach to tackling public health concerns through working in partnership with business and charities. A key … Read more → – High street starts counting the calories

Nutrient analysis of biscuits, buns and processed foods

The results of two surveys have been published as part of the Department’s rolling programme of nutrient analysis. In the first survey foods analysed included biscuits, buns, cakes, pastries, tarts, fruit pies … Read more → – Nutrient analysis of biscuits, buns and processed foods