Boris Johnson selects Croydon to be one of only two food boroughs

Boris Johnson met some children at the launch of the food borough project. Picture by Kois Miah

Boris Johnson met some children at the launch of the food borough project. Picture by Kois Miah

First published in News Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

Croydon is leading the way in the battle against obesity after being chosen by Boris Johnson as one of London’s two food boroughs.

The aim behind this pioneering scheme is to transform the way people eat by encouraging them to eat more healthily and showing them how to grow their own food.

It has been set up by the Greater London Authority (GLA) as figures show in the capital child obesity levels are the highest in England.

By the time they start primary school 10.8 per cent of London’s children are already dangerously obese and by age 11, one in five are obese.

As a flagship, Croydon will receive support from the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) food, health, education and sport teams, along with the Mayor’s Fund for London.

The council will receive £600,000 in funding from the Department for Education and GLA over the next two years to help achieve this.

Plans include bringing in a grants scheme for community cooking and healthy eating projects, setting up a Croydon food festival community engagement scheme and providing support for food entrepreneurs and business start-ups.

Other plans include running cookery classes and targeting nutrition education in areas and schools where there is most need.

The other borough to be chosen to pilot the scheme is Lambeth.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "We want to prove the case that developing healthy food habits in schools can benefit not only pupils but also the wider communities that they serve.

"Croydon and Lambeth will put this to the test through a series of initiatives designed to improve health - helping to tackle the serious issues of obesity and poor diet - and boosting academic achievement.

"As our city grows, it's vital we equip our kids with the skills they need to not only get a job but to see them lead a happy and healthier life.

"We can also help trim the multi-billion pound burden on the taxpayer stemming from unhealthy eating and poor food related illness."

The project will start in September.

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8:49am Sat 19 Jul 14

Sindianrecipes says...

Conservatives will never win Croydon unless they make housing affordable for all residents.
Conservatives will never win Croydon unless they make housing affordable for all residents. Sindianrecipes
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5:45pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Alba 75 says...

we know the children at that age are obese . They eat Mc Doland's food, parents don t cook a proper dinner, what do you aspect ?
we know the children at that age are obese . They eat Mc Doland's food, parents don t cook a proper dinner, what do you aspect ? Alba 75
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9:18am Sun 20 Jul 14

In private use says...

Where there is any "food" knocking around you'll find heavyweight Boris hanging around, he would never contemplate moving to the borough it is all spin from the useless tories, just like Cameron now "high fiving" the new Eu leader even though Cameron never supported him. Typical tories
Where there is any "food" knocking around you'll find heavyweight Boris hanging around, he would never contemplate moving to the borough it is all spin from the useless tories, just like Cameron now "high fiving" the new Eu leader even though Cameron never supported him. Typical tories In private use
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10:06am Sun 20 Jul 14

nugas50 says...

In private use wrote:
Where there is any "food" knocking around you'll find heavyweight Boris hanging around, he would never contemplate moving to the borough it is all spin from the useless tories, just like Cameron now "high fiving" the new Eu leader even though Cameron never supported him. Typical tories
Think yourselves lucky that the Tories are running the country otherwise GB would be in BIG trouble.
[quote][p][bold]In private use[/bold] wrote: Where there is any "food" knocking around you'll find heavyweight Boris hanging around, he would never contemplate moving to the borough it is all spin from the useless tories, just like Cameron now "high fiving" the new Eu leader even though Cameron never supported him. Typical tories[/p][/quote]Think yourselves lucky that the Tories are running the country otherwise GB would be in BIG trouble. nugas50
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2:39pm Wed 23 Jul 14

WorldWizard says...

Surely if you make the housing cheaper, there’s just more money to spend on the cheaper unhealthy food?
The UK (& other countries) will always struggle to keep people from bending the scales while the healthy food is so highly priced. Fact. Give the chicken nugget/pizza manufacturers incentives to work on healthier products, now wouldn’t that be a better spend of £600,000 of our taxes?

“..By the time they start primary school 10.8 per cent of London’s children are already dangerously obese (come on parents) and by age 11, one in five are obese“ So either the education is lacking, or the parents possibly, or the fact that eating fresh fruit/salad/vegetabl
es etc in this day & age can be a budget buster for any class!

“…grants scheme for community cooking and healthy eating projects, setting up a Croydon food festival community engagement scheme” This will be fantastic for the people that do show! But for the others that don’t? Surely if the ChickenMcwafflechips weren’t available, and healthier options were present… just saying..

And yes, perhaps Cameron is wiping up the huge mess of a decade under Labour disaster.. proffs in the pudding there, Tony Blair is now a multi millionaire selling his soul all over the world, what a great role model he turned out to be hey?
Surely if you make the housing cheaper, there’s just more money to spend on the cheaper unhealthy food? The UK (& other countries) will always struggle to keep people from bending the scales while the healthy food is so highly priced. Fact. Give the chicken nugget/pizza manufacturers incentives to work on healthier products, now wouldn’t that be a better spend of £600,000 of our taxes? “..By the time they start primary school 10.8 per cent of London’s children are already dangerously obese (come on parents) and by age 11, one in five are obese“ So either the education is lacking, or the parents possibly, or the fact that eating fresh fruit/salad/vegetabl es etc in this day & age can be a budget buster for any class! “…grants scheme for community cooking and healthy eating projects, setting up a Croydon food festival community engagement scheme” This will be fantastic for the people that do show! But for the others that don’t? Surely if the ChickenMcwafflechips weren’t available, and healthier options were present… just saying.. And yes, perhaps Cameron is wiping up the huge mess of a decade under Labour disaster.. proffs in the pudding there, Tony Blair is now a multi millionaire selling his soul all over the world, what a great role model he turned out to be hey? WorldWizard
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