EAT more healthily, lower your chances of getting cancer. That's the message from an initiative to get residents of Greater Pollok to eat more healthily.
The Get Cooking, Get Shopping initiative was set up in 2002 by 4Ward Thinking*, Greater Pollok's cancer awareness raising project, to encourage locals to eat more fruit and veg.
The move comes following the publication of a study which found that 96% of people living in that area do not consume the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
More worryingly, around 45% reported they don't eat any fruit or vegetables at all.
Margaret Miller, Community Representative and Project Director, said: "In an effort to reverse this trend, 4Ward Thinking set up the Get Cooking, Get Shopping courses. Taking place in community venues across Pollok, the courses aim let local people try out healthy eating recipes and ask questions about eating more healthily.
"To date, they've been extremely popular with people turning up whose ages range from 13 to around 76."
Another side of the initiative is the development of ‘fruit barras' in community centres.
Margaret said: "4Ward Thinking is currently looking at setting up these ‘barras' to make fresh fruit and vegetables more easily available and affordable to the Greater Pollok community.
"We hope that centres having a supply of good quality fresh fruit and veg at a reasonable price will give centre users and households nearby the chance to include more of these foods in their diet."
The Get Cooking, Get Shopping initiative isn't the only thing Margaret and the 4Ward Thinking team have been involved in. They have been also taking Healthy Eating workshops to a variety of groups throughout Greater Pollok and been involved in public consultations on new strategies such as the Draft Tobacco Policy for Greater Glasgow.
For more information on Get Cooking, Get Shopping or 4Ward Thinking, contact: 4Ward Thinking, 75 Househillwood Crescent, Pollok, telephone 0141 881 1296 or email: [email protected] (NB for the email address only, there's no ‘g' in ‘thinking')
NOTES TO EDITORS:
4Ward Thinking is a partnership project funded by NHS Greater Glasgow, Greater Pollok Social Inclusion Partnership and the New Opportunities Fund. The project works to promote health and raise awareness of the effects that diet and smoking can have on the development of certain cancers.
Media information: Dawn Nelson on 0141 201 4912 or [email protected]