Food Vision started in 2000 as a project to promote local initiatives that increase access to safe, sustainable and nutritious food and so improve community health and wellbeing. The Food Vision website acts as an information portal for local authorities, health professionals, community groups and others interested in food and health. The Workplaces section of the website sets out the case for healthy eating, particularly for public sector organisations.
Fruity Friday is an annual awareness and fundraising campaign, led by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF UK), to increase public awareness of the links between diet, nutrition and cancer prevention, and to raise funds for WCRF cancer research and education programmes.
Health and Safety Executive
The HSE acknowledged in its 2006 Horizon Scanning report that obesity is a workplace issue with implications for the health and safety of employees as well as for employers who can counter obesity by providing healthy food in staff restaurants and influencing employees’ diets.
Health at Work
Health at Work (part of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde) promotes employee health by working in partnership with organisations to: develop health policies, raise awareness of health issues, plan health promotion programmes.
Health Work Wellbeing
Health Work Wellbeing is a cross-Government programme, launched in 2005, to improve the health and wellbeing of working age people. In March 2008, it published Working for a Healthier Tomorrow, a review by Dame Carol Black of the health of Britain’s working age population as well as research by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) which assessed the business case for employers to invest in wellness programmes for their staff.
The Migraine Action Association
The Migraine Action Association bridges the gap between the sufferer and the medical world by providing unbiased information on all aspects of migraine, its causes, diagnosis and treatment. The MAA publishes information about the relationship between migraine and food and promotes awareness through an annual Migraine Awareness Week each September.
The Nutrition Society
The Nutrition Society is the largest learned society for nutrition in Europe. Membership is open to those with a genuine interest in the science of human or animal nutrition. The Society offers publications, stages conferences, promotes nutritional science, provides information on opportunities for professional study and publishes a gazette.
Rosemary Conley Diet And Fitness Clubs is a franchise-based organisation that is, alongside Slimming World and Weight Watchers, one of the “big three” weight loss organisations in the UK. In addition to a low-fat diet regime, classes also offer a 45 minute aerobic workout with a trained instructor, thereby providing a fitness club for people wanting an alternative to conventional gym membership.
Slimming World is a British company which runs over 5,500 weight loss classes a week across the UK. Adults who are seven or more pounds overweight may join a local Slimming World class and pay a weekly fee to attend classes. Classes are led by self-employed consultants. In October 2007 there were over 2,500 Slimming World consultants running groups across the UK.
Water@work is an initiative created by Unison designed to promote the benefits of drinking tap water. Research suggests that a 2% loss of body water can result in a 0% drop in physical and mental performance.
Weight Concern is a registered charity which works to address both the physical and psychological health needs of overweight people. The charity is committed to developing and researching new treatments for obesity and to increasing the availability of the successful treatments it has pioneered in the UK, including self-help programmes and support groups.
Weight Watchers is the most successful weight-loss organisation in the UK. It is part of an international network that offers various dieting products and services to assist weight loss and maintenance. Weight loss plans are supplemented by optional support groups which meet regularly and provide assistance to those trying to meet weight-loss goals.