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Shape the future of food in Scotland

Food and drinks – their composition, the way in which we eat them, the way they are processed, the food patterns we consume are important for cancer prevention. The European Code against cancer highlights three main areas:

Have a healthy diet:

  • Eat plenty of whole grains, pulses, vegetables and fruits.
  • Limit high-calorie foods (foods high in sugar or fat) and avoid sugary drinks.
  • Avoid processed meat; limit red meat and foods high in salt

Yes what a long way we Scots are from achieving these food choices or anything like our Scottish dietary goals. 

Food concerns aren’t just health they span food security, poverty, equity and climate change to name a few topics and in Scotland we have an opportunity to get our views on the table.

Here Celia Nyssens from Nourish Scotland encourages us to get round the table and get our voices heard.

The SCPN are scheduling ours for next months…. All voices need to be heard

Prof Annie S. Anderson

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Photo Credit: Scottish Food Coalition

For 10 weeks, until 15th April, the Scottish Food Coalition is inviting everyone in Scotland with an interest in food to do Kitchen Table Talks and shape the Good Food Nation agenda.

The Scottish Government will consult on a Good Food Nation Bill in 2018. This Bill is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address some of the big challenges we are facing. From food insecurity, to diet-related diseases, to agricultural pollution, climate change, and biodiversity decline; our food system is not working for most people, or for our planet.

If we look at health for example, our diets are pushing many of our bodies to breakpoint with raising numbers of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and various types of cancers. Consumer education is no solution, a fundamental shift to our food environments is long overdue.

The Scottish Parliament has extensive powers to address the harmful ubiquity of unhealthy food and promote healthy food environments. It is time to match action on alcohol and tobacco with action on junk food. Scotland can’t be a Good Food Nation until the healthy choice is the easy choice.

A lot of people have been getting excited about the opportunity to fundamentally rethink and change how we do food in Scotland. That is why the Scottish Food Coalition is inviting everyone in Scotland to do Kitchen Table Talks to shape the Good Food Nation Bill agenda with their priorities and concerns.

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Photo Credit: Mihaela Bodlovic for Edible Edinburgh

You can do as many Kitchen Table Talks as you want, with different groups: neighbours, extended family, colleagues, mums and sports clubs, community groups, or any other group or organisation you are part of. Everything you need to do a Kitchen Table Talk is available freely here.

What are your priorities for the Good Food Nation Bill?

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Paper of the Year 2017: Professor Bob Steele and Professor Annie Anderson

We asked SCPN friends and advisors to tell us about a report/paper/findings/work on cancer screening and prevention that has been published this year and has made them stop and think. The works span a wide range of areas from very detailed scientific investigation, reviews of physical activities, and blogs of model work. We find them a complete inspiration. When only 3% of the NCRI research budget is spent on prevention and virtually nil on implementation research; these papers provide a window on some of the very good reasons why cancer screening and prevention should be a leading part of cancer control research.

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Paper of the Year 2017: Dr Graham Colditz

We asked SCPN friends and advisors to tell us about a report/paper/findings/work on cancer screening and prevention that has been published this year and has made them stop and think. The works span a wide range of areas from very detailed scientific investigation, reviews of physical activities, and blogs of model work. We find them a complete inspiration. When only 3% of the NCRI research budget is spent on prevention and virtually nil on implementation research; these papers provide a window on some of the very good reasons why cancer screening and prevention should be a leading part of cancer control research.

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Paper of the Year 2017: CNO Fiona McQueen

We asked SCPN friends and advisors to tell us about a report/paper/findings/work on cancer screening and prevention that has been published this year and has made them stop and think. The works span a wide range of areas from very detailed scientific investigation, reviews of physical activities, and blogs of model work. We find them a complete inspiration. When only 3% of the NCRI research budget is spent on prevention and virtually nil on implementation research; these papers provide a window on some of the very good reasons why cancer screening and prevention should be a leading part of cancer control research.

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Christmas is coming – Could you pay it forward?

Christmas is the time of consumption. Some of those extra calories at Christmas are about celebrating and feasting and sharing food and drink with family and friends at this special time – not a time for skimping… But media reports suggest we consume around 6,000 calories on Christmas Day (never mind what we do on Boxing Day, Hogmany, etc.) and it seems like it is too easy for our seasonal consumption levels to get way off balance.

It is also easy to contribute to that excess by giving the usual chocolates and bottles, though there are alternatives and one of these is to think about a ‘pay it forward’ approach to some Christmas gifts.

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Christmas is coming – and New Year resolutions are around the corner.

No one can give the gift of health but we can help support healthy interventions – both by giving and sharing and supporting healthful activities. Whether the gift is the promise of a shared mystery walk, a basket of herbal teas or a basket of yummy fruits and nuts – there are some lovely gifts to help get family and friends through the dark days of winter and achieving those health resolutions.

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Christmas is coming – and the parties are getting closer.

Mega discussion in the office – can you go to the neighbour’s festive gathering without a bottle of alcoholic beverage and an offering of food?

Well it probably depends on whether you intend to drink or not, who the neighbours are and expectations. Driving (especially for rural dwellers) might also come into the decision. Either way great alternative gift ideas for those neighbours

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Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fatter… Aren’t we all?

Remember those days we used to give big boxes of cigarettes as Christmas presents to the aunts and uncles who smoked? Maybe you don’t, because our culture around tobacco has actually changed!

But I am sure you will recall seeing bumper boxes of chocolates being given to colleagues, friends, and family who struggle with their weight or those extra bottles of fizzy gifts in December. Scots are known for hospitality and generosity and as often happen the poorest give most (my mother would turn in her grave if she knew I did not bring packets of biscuits with me when visiting friends). No one wants to be a kill joy (I still want a box of chocs at Christmas but not 10 boxes!!) and sharing “goodies” is part of the enjoyment of families and friends.

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#ScaledownCancer: How Cancer Research UK is challenging obesity in Scotland

Scotland’s Weight

Normal weight is no longer normal. In Scotland, more people are overweight or obese than a healthy weight. The impact of this on our nation’s health and well-being now and into the future is not easily overstated. And general understanding and awareness of this problem has certainly shifted in the past couple of years, which is always a good start. At Cancer Research UK we have a particular interest. If you don’t smoke, then maintaining a healthy weight is most important thing you can do to stack your odds against cancer. Overweight and obesity is linked to 13 cancers and it’s now a top priority for us.

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