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Lambeth announced as flagship food borough

 
Lambeth has been announced as one of two boroughs in London to be awarded £500k by the Greater London Authority (GLA) as part of the Flagship Food Borough initiative.

The project in Lambeth is being led by the Lambeth Food Partnership, a membership organisation open to anyone who lives or works in Lambeth and cares about improving our food. As members of the Partnership, NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Lambeth Council will be supporting the initiative through their joint plans for improving health and wellbeing in Lambeth.

The Lambeth Food Partnership wants all Lambeth residents to develop a love of healthy and sustainable food. The plans will help residents to gain the knowledge, passion and skills to grow, buy, cook and enjoy food with their family, friends and community. The funding will mean investment for food markets, schools, community gardens and small food businesses to make Lambeth the go-to destination in London for diverse, healthy and exciting food.

The initiative also recognises the positive impact food can have on people's physical and mental health. For example, we know that children who are taught about how to maintain a healthy diet at school are less likely to become obese. We also know that taking part in food related activities can improve people's mental health, for example gardening to grow food and cooking with others.

The CCG will be looking at how to improve patients' relationships with food through its programmes to develop children's, mental health and GP services in Lambeth. The programmes will support health services to focus more on helping people to stay healthy instead or just treating them when they are ill. They will also focus on the relationship between physical and mental health.

Dr Adrian McLachlan, Lambeth GP and Chair of the local Clinical Commissioning Group said: "We all know that maintaining a healthy diet is important for people who are living with health problems like diabetes and heart disease. However, having a good relationship with food can actually prevent you starting to feel physically or mentally unwell."

He added: "We want to build a 'food culture' - through sharing, enjoying, cooking and growing food together we can improve health and wellbeing in Lambeth."

For more information about Lambeth CCG plans go to www.lambethccg.nhs.uk/our-plans.

To get involved in food in Lambeth, or become a member of the Lambeth Food Partnership, go to http://lambethfood.org.uk.

Details of the GLA Flagship Food Borough initiative are available at https://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/business-economy/working-in-partnership/london-food-board/london-boroughs/london-flagship-food-boroughs