Through our work supporting people with long term conditions in West Newcastle, we know the importance of healthy eating for people’s health and wellbeing. We also know the challenges that many people face in accessing fresh food, and the importance of people being given the skills and equipment to cook a healthy diet for themselves and their families.

The work of our social prescribing link workers has improved the wellbeing of many people in Newcastle. So the recommendation to pilot the use of link workers to provide dietary support and motivate them to engage in a personal programme that meets their needs is particularly exciting.

“The National Food Strategy is an important document with a focus on prevention of ill health and the need to address inequalities in health outcomes. There is much that can be done at local level through improved collaboration between the NHS, local authorities, educational establishments and local voluntary sector organisations.” - Professor Chris Drinkwater - Chair of Ways to Wellness

A copy of the full report can be found here: https://www.nationalfoodstrategy.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/National-Food-Strategy-The-Plan.pdf