"The aim of the pilot was to encourage families to learn more about healthy eating and provide the ideas and practical skills to bring a healthier approach to their everyday meals"
With 1 in 3 of Nottinghamshire’s children classed as overweight by the time they leave primary school, families in the county have undergone a government backed pilot scheme aimed to improve eating habits, teach economical and healthy cooking skills and empower families to create healthy lifestyle changes. Another 12 week programme will run in Nottingham next month - a community well-being programme to deal with obesity.
The pilot was instructed by Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) under The Childhood Obesity Trailblazer Programme, and run by Venner, a social enterprise that aims to tackle food poverty and improve health and wellbeing in UK families by providing nutritious food boxes, as well as ongoing support and education. They work with local authorities and corporate partners who want to make a difference to their local area.
During the pilot scheme, families received a Venner recipe box, which contained all of the ingredients for five evening meals, light snacks, breakfast for kids and a vitamin D supplement. They also received a recipe book and meal planner with instructions on how to prepare and cook the meals.
In a post-pilot survey, 79% of the families that responded said they had benefited a lot from the Venner nutrition boxes, with 78% of families planning to include as part of their regular weekly meal plan.
One family, said: “I really enjoyed the convenience of this box. It also helped to increase the amount of vegetables at almost every meal as there was often enough for lunch the next day. Some really great ideas. We will definitely use these recipes again.”
Another added: “It was a fantastic box and well received. My son enjoyed helping me cook for the family and he also learnt new skills doing so.”
Andy White, Public Health Practitioner of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “The aim of the pilot was to encourage families to learn more about healthy eating and provide the ideas and practical skills to bring a healthier approach to their everyday meals, and thanks to Venner we have done just that. It’s great to hear the positive feedback from families and we’re looking forward to supporting more families in the future.”
Having run the pilot with NCC, Venner is now working with businesses in the region who want to make a difference to their local community by providing Venner boxes to families in need of support in their area.
Laura Holland, UK Country Manager for Venner, said: “Working with families in the region has been a real pleasure and it makes us really proud to see the changes our boxes, and the education we provide, make to families. We believe healthy food should belong to everybody and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with Nottinghamshire council and also working with more businesses in the region who want to make a real difference to local families.”
For more information about the pilot or to learn how you could be involved in supporting families in your region, visit www.vennernutrition.uk