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Welcome to #suffolkcan !!   

Scroll down to learn about Suffolk Can and what you can do to change your life for the better.

And help Suffolk lose 10 Tons!

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What is Suffolk Can?

Take yourself back to May 2018, the BBC aired a show called Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall

We watched as Hugh fought head on with our nations obesity crisis, tackling issues like marketing techniques by big brands, increasing activity and junk food. Throughout the series, Hugh and the team head to Newcastle, challenging the city to come together, changing the way people live and work together to improve health. Fast forward to June 2018 and Newcastle had done it! they collectively lost 100,000lb in weight. This was extremely refreshing to see and inspired by the series we set on a journey to do the same across the county of Suffolk. This page is in its early stages and will grow as we grow. Email us if you want to get involved or if you think you could help.


Our goal is for Suffolk to lose 10 Tons by 2020!


Who organises Suffolk Can?

We do! and so can you! We want to hear from trainers, sports clubs and businesses who want to get involved in Suffolk Can either to sponsor an event or run one. Whatever it is you do, We need you!

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This is Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's letter to the Government regarding the obesity epidemic:


Hugh’s statement on ‘Childhood obesity: a plan for action, chapter 2’

"It feels like a real breakthrough that the Government have set a genuinely ambitious target: to halve childhood obesity by 2030. Achieving that would make a difference to millions of young people, and in the long term start to ease the huge burden that obesity is putting on the NHS. Having such a clear target is vitally important, both for directing the government’s efforts, and measuring their success over time.

What we must now do is pull out all the stops to get through the consultancy phase rapidly and actually make this happen. The health of our kids depends on this strategy becoming a reality as soon as possible.

We are currently bombarded with unhealthy food at almost every turn, so it is great that measures such as tackling temptation at tills are being addressed as a part of this strategy. Although some shops have already done this, there are many others that are endlessly pushing confectionary at the checkout – it needs to be a level playing field and all shops should be included in this action.

Finding out what is in the food that we are eating and feeding our families can be a minefield – we need to do everything that we can to support the public in making informed choices. It is really encouraging to see that mandatory, clear calorie labelling in out of home eating is in the new strategy.

These commitments will need to be matched by a determination from Government across departments, from the food industry and from parents to raise a generation who really understand what healthy eating is, and just how important it is to our well-being. I understand that the Government is planning to place restrictions on the sale of unhealthy food, but I’d like to know what they are going to do to promote the good stuff - particularly fresh vegetables.

Although this is very promising, it is just a start. We must not get bogged down in lengthy consultations. We have to act now if we’re going to get anywhere near that exciting target and really put the health of our children first.” - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

This initiative is supported by:

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

&

Jamie Oliver, Chef and Campaigner

Chris Askew, Chief Executive, Diabetes UK

Prof Paul Aveyard, Professor of Behavioural Medicine, University of Oxford

Rosie Boycott, Trustee of Feeding Britain and the Food Foundation

Dr Rangan Chatterjee, GP & Author

Nicola Cowell, Project Manager, Food Newcastle / Sustainable Food Cities

Barbara Crowther, Coordinator, Children’s Food Campaign,

Tam Fry, Chair, National Obesity Forum

Kawther Hashem MSc RNutr, Action on Sugar

Joanna Lacey, Director of Operations, Food Nation CIC

Prof Tim Lang, Centre for Food Policy, City University of London

Prof Eugene Milne, Director of Public Health, Newcastle City Council

Dan Parker, Living Loud

Rob Percival, Policy and Campaigns Manager, Coordinator of the Out to Lunch campaign, Soil Association

Ben Reynolds, Deputy CEO, Sustain

Anna Taylor, Executive Director, Food Foundation

Prof Roy Taylor, Professor of Medicine and Metabolism, Newcastle University

Stephanie Wood, Founder/CEO, School Food Matters

Dr Giles Yeo, University of Cambridge

Martin Tod, Chief Executive Men's Health Forum

Dr Russ Ladwa, Health and Science Committee Chair, British Dental Association

Kim Roberts, CEO of HENRY

Andy Burman, Chief Executive, British Dietetic Association