Jun 22, 2018
A new report, produced by social change design charity Shift to inform our childhood obesity programme, has identified opportunities for environmental changes that could have a positive impact on child obesity at a local level.
We have been working with Shift and others to gather insights on the barriers and opportunities to creating environments that promote healthy food choices and physical activity in our boroughs.
‘Families and Food: How the environment influences what families eat’ explores the experiences of 44 parents and young people living in Lambeth and Southwark. It reflects on the influence of deprived, inner-city environments on food behaviours and habits, as well as other factors including social and financial. It presents key findings and points to opportunities for interventions that could improve the food environment for local families. Recommendations include:
The report, which is also accompanied by a film (watch below), features the experiences of people like Meryem, a single parent with three children aged 9, 10 and 15. “I grew up not knowing how to cook and so taught myself using YouTube. But there are some days when I don’t feel like I’m physically able to cook due to my back pain”, explains Meryem. “On these days I get waffles and chicken nuggets from the freezer for the children’s dinner, or I take them to the chicken shop, which is only two minutes away.”
Shift’s exploration builds on our recent report on child obesity in inner-cities.
15 May, 2019
In partnership with responsible investment charity ShareAction, we are launching ‘Healthy Markets’ – a campaign to harness the power of the investment system to create and support healthier food options for consumers.
23 April, 2019
Every two months, our Director of Funding, Jon Siddall, will be sharing highlights of what we’ve been up to across our portfolio of programmes at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.
18 April, 2019
We have partnered with the School for Social Entrepreneurs on a new scheme to support local social enterprises and others in delivering new ideas and projects that can help us tackle child obesity and multiple long-term conditions.