Partner Organisations

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Greater London Authority, Central YMCA, Groundwork London, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, University of East London

Funded by

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Big Lottery Fund and various local authorities

Year

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2008 – 2015

Location

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London-wide

Brief

LSx’s food projects addressed both the supply and demand side for healthy eating:

Buywell set out to enable people to have access to affordable healthy food, whilst Eatwell was set up to create the demand. Eatwell had three main elements:

  1. Community Feasts: events that reached out to and brought the community together in celebration, with healthy food at its heart
  2. Cook & Eat classes that enabled participants to understand the benefits of healthy eating and to feel confident in food preparation
  3. ActiveEAT: a youth engagement project that trained young people (mostly young men) to champion healthy eating alongside active lifestyles to their peer groups.

Cook & Eat courses delivered across London had a significant impact on people’s awareness and actions with regards to leading healthier lifestyles through food. Our exit surveys indicated that:

  • 70% of participants reported an increase in eating fruit and vegetables
  • On average, across Cook & Eat programmes, there was a 50% increase in weekly fruit and vegetable consumption by participants (equal to an extra portion of both fruit and vegetables per week) increasing their ‘five-a-day’ by at least two portions.
  • 34% said they were cooking more meals from basic ingredients for themselves and their families, on a weekly basis.

Achievement

270 Delivery Team volunteers engaged
15,000 people reached by Wellnet activities
80% participants felt healthier, happier and enabled to make positive changes in their lives
1,600 people involved in ‘Cook & Eat’ courses

Testimonial

LSx is at the forefront of creative ways to influence lifestyles. They really dig down into what works and why with communities across London and offer the up to date know-how on how to make change happen on the ground.

Prof Mike Kelly NICE

My thanks go to London Sustainability Exchange and the organisations that have worked together on this important initiative to strengthen and boost the wellbeing of Londoners.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London