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Public quiz on healthy eating

25th September 2007

A major public consultation is being launched across Wales in a bid to cut the rising levels of obesity in the country.


The Welsh Assembly Government is to ask people how to improve the nation’s diet in order to reduce obesity in what will be the biggest consultation of its kind the UK has seen.

The initiative has been launched after it emerged that 56% of adults in Wales are obese or overweight, with this rising at the rate of 3% a year.

Officials hope the consultation will lead to better food industry training, more co-operatives and more local produce in schools, hospitals and care homes.

Chief medical officer Tony Jewell will host roadshows as part of the Welsh Food Debate to encourage the food industry and public to take part.

Dr Jewell said on average adults in Wales only eat about three portions of fruit and vegetables a day rather than the recommended five.

“This is even less in socially disadvantaged groups,? he added. “That’s why we want this consultation to reach out to the groups that have traditionally found it a challenge to eat healthy produce to understand the barriers they see to eating more healthily.?

Issues to be tackled in the consultation included asking people if they think more healthy options should be available in local stores, cafes and workplaces and how changes to the way food is produced and consumed could help reduce the country’s carbon footprint.

The consultation will last until the end of the year.


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Article Information

Title: Public quiz on healthy eating
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 4196
Date Added: 25th Sep 2007


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