The Towards 2010 healthy eating projects

Introduction

In October 2005 Paul Carter was appointed Leader of Kent County Council (KCC). One of his priorities was to publish Towards 2010 which set out how Kent County Council would deliver on seven key areas:

The pilots

Under the area of ‘improved health and quality of life’ Towards 2010 proposed a number of key actions. One was to:

A number of healthy eating pilots were developed with partners around community chefs, a school cookery competition, fruit and veg bag schemes, a healthy eating training programme for professionals and increasing school meal uptake.

Following these pilots a number of resources and guides have been developed to help commissioners and practitioners in the community, health and education settings wishing to set up similar healthy eating projects. The resources are listed under the separate projects:

Evaluation

The aim of the healthy eating pilots was to improve healthy eating knowledge and awareness, and change attitudes and behaviour of families with the greatest health needs. The pilots were evaluated qualitatively and quantitatively to understand which pilot or pilots would be the most effective at changing the healthy eating habits of the families. The pilots aimed to work with families but particularly parents and carers who are key influencers on the healthy eating knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of a family.

Advocacy

Whole School Food Policy (WSFP)

If you are planning to take forward any of these healthy eating projects within a school OFSTED has shown that having a Whole School Food Policy (WSFP) provides benefits to the school and community as a whole. To help a school develop a WSFP please use the following guidance which has been developed as part of this work with the Kent Healthy Schools Programme:

Acknowledgements

Thanks go to all the many partners involved in the planning, development, delivery and evaluation of these pilots. With special thanks to the Kent and Medway Healthy Eating Group who acted as a steering group and colleagues within the Kent Primary Care Trusts without who this work would not have been possible.