The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has announced its intention to mark its 10th Healthy Eating Week by making it the biggest and best subscribed yet.

Aimed at educating and encouraging people to adopt healthier lifestyles, the British Nutrition Foundation’s annual event will take place on 13-17 June 2022, with preparations underway to raise awareness about healthy and sustainable diets.

Sustainability is ever-present in industries throughout the world because it is key to the protection of our natural world, as well as preserving precious, limited natural resources for future generations.

Eating a healthy diet is not just about looking after our health and reducing the ever increasing costs to the NHS of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, but it also significantly reduces our impact on the planet.

As the scientific journal Nature says, “Every morsel of food from every plate, bowl and cooking pot around the world takes a small bite from Earth’s resources. The human diet places a strain on the environment, water resources, biodiversity and just about every other measure of planetary health.”

If we are making poor food choices and wasting food needlessly, we shall significantly exasperate the current climate crisis, rather than working to protect our environment. This is such an issue that the UK Government has committed to halving the amount of food waste produced by the UK by 2030.

For these reasons day five of the British Nutrition Foundation’s Healthy Eating Week 2022 focuses on food waste and how we can be more savvy in the kitchen.

If you would like to find out more about reducing food waste, visit Love Food Hate Waste or WRAP.  

Shining a light on the link between sustainability and diets, Sara Stanner, Science Director at British Nutrition Foundation, states that “School children today are more aware of the need to protect the environment than those who were in school ten years ago when we held the first Healthy Eating Week. However, they aren’t yet necessarily making the connection between their food and eating habits and the health of the planet. The volume and proliferation of information sources that children are consuming ten years on, many of which are sharing misinformation, is also causing confusion and may negatively impact healthy dietary behaviours.”

The Healthy Eating Week aims to expose common misunderstandings and empower teachers and other school staff, the BNF intends to filter through to classrooms and inform via five daily challenges:

  • Monday: Focus on fibre – for meals and snacks
  • Tuesday: Get at least 5 A DAY – put plenty on your plate
  • Wednesday: Vary your protein – be more creative
  • Thursday: Stay hydrated – fill up from the tap
  • Friday: Reduce food waste – know your portions

So, what are you waiting for? Get involved, improve your health, and protect the future of our planet for generations to come! 

Head over to their website, pop your details into the contact form and you’ll receive all updates about the resources that you can use along the way. This includes activity packs, posters, health trackers, certificates and online events that will help you enjoy taking part.