Food Label Awareness Sessions – Women’s Voices

Food Label Awareness Sessions – Women’s Voices

Zoom sessions over 5 weeks with Dietician Fareeha to learn about food labels and improve health literacy through conversation.

Aim

To improve access to information and the health literacy of attendees.

To improve confidence of residents in making more informed food choices.

To provide a peer learning space for women with similar lived experiences.

Location

Longsight

Benefit of health promotion

Health promotion supports personal and social development and enables people to take more control over their own health. Providing information and screening are some examples of health promotion. Giving people access to relevant and accurate health information puts them in a better position to make healthier choices for prevention and self-management of conditions. Qualitative data shows that opportunistic and community-based screening opportunities can reach people who would not have accessed screening otherwise.

Benefit of learning new skills

Keep learning is one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing, five evidence-based actions which can improve personal wellbeing. Adults engaged in lifelong learning are more likely to be healthier, have better mental health and be more social connected. They are also more likely to participate in the community and decisions concerning the community. Learning new skills increases individuals’ employability, supporting the economic growth of the community. Adults involved in learning are more likely to be involved in their children’s education, helping them learn and raise attainment.

Testimonies

“The workshops were very useful for me. I learned how to know the difference between vegetable oils for cooking and oils for salads.”

“I really liked the group. She gave lots of good information about checking with your doctor when medicine and food should be taken. I didn’t know that sometimes it’s better to space it out.”

“Really good. Fareeha talked to us about how, if you have thyroid problems, there are some Asian vegetables that are better than others to be eating. This was new information to me.”

Evaluation

Following a successful session with Fareeha about healthy eating for South Asian cuisine, the women requested more information about understanding food labelling.

The women said the sessions were a huge help. They learned about recommended portion sizes, how to read food labels (e.g. bold words as possible allergens), and navigating South Asian food when managing a health condition.

Because of Fareeha’s knowledge of South Asian cooking and cuisine, she was able to provide relevant context when talking about different oils, vegetables and dishes. Fareeha is also multi-lingual which was beneficial for ensuring information was conveyed in an accessible way.

The legacy of these Zoom sessions is that the women in attendance have new knowledge to make relevant adaptations to their day to day cooking, which will ultimately support their health and wellbeing. These sessions have empowered women to continue the conversations amongst themselves when talking about food.

Project Team

Women’s Voices

Fareeha Jay (Dietician)

buzz Manchester Health & Wellbeing Service

Strategic links to local/national policies (Health Promotion)

Benefit

Policy

Empowers people

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (HM Government, 2010)

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014)

Supports prevention

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

The Manchester Prevention Programme

Supports self-care and self-management of conditions

Make Every Contact Count (Future Forum, Department of Health, 2011)

Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester (GMCA, 2015)

Manchester’s Self-Care Strategy

Increases participation for groups who would not usually access

Fair Society, Healthy Lives (Institute of Health Equity, 2010)

Research/evidence base

King’s Fund (2008) Using Information to Promote Healthy Behaviours

Health Foundation (2011) Evidence: Helping People Help Themselves

Institute for Public Policy Research (2020) Prevention in the Age of Information: Public Education for Better Health

Perry et al (2016) The NHS health check programme in England: a qualitative study Health Promotion International, 31 (1), 106-115

WHO (1986) The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion

Strategic links to local/national policies (Learning New Skills)

Benefit

Policy

Helping people live healthier lives

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

The Manchester Locality Plan – A Healthier Manchester

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Manchester Prevention Programme

Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Increasing community involvement

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

Manchester Prevention Programme

Socially connected communities

Manchester Population Health Plan

Employability

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014)

Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester (GMCA, 2015)

Our Manchester Strategy

Giving children the best start in life

Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester (GMCA, 2015)

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy


Research/evidence base

Duckworth, K. and Cara, O. (2012) The Relationship between Adult Learning and Wellbeing:

Evidence from the 1958 National Child Development Study.

Feinstein, L., Budge, D., Vorhaus, J. and Duckworth, K. (2008). The social and personal benefits

of learning: A summary of key research findings

Foresight, Government Office for Science (2017) - What are the wider benefits of learning across the life course?

New Economics Foundation (2008) – Five ways to wellbeing

NIACE (2011) - Social value of adult learning for community empowerment.


Contact

Chris Doyle - Neighbourhood Health Worker

T. 07553708029

Chris.Doyle@gmmh.nhs.uk



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