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Teesside supported housing scheme launches healthy eating programme

Residents of a supported housing scheme are to launch a healthy eating programme following a donation from a local Asda supermarket.

St James House in Cleveland provides accommodation for homeless families or those who are deemed to be at risk of being made homeless. It was recently awarded a gift card from the Asda store on nearby Portrack Lane and it has been concluded that the best thing to do with the money is to launch a healthy eating programme.

There will be eight weeks of sessions, which will involve people sharing nutritious recipes and giving each other advice as to how to lose weight. The group is also keen to come up with ideas for healthy snacks for children – something which many find very challenging.

There is a growing desire for healthy tuckshop foods in Teesside as people wake up to the fact that childhood obesity is a growing problem. Nutrition isn’t just about keeping weight off, however; it’s also vitally important that youngsters get all the vitamins they need as they grow and develop.

Fortunately, healthy options tend to tackle both issues simultaneously. The foods we tend to think of as being ‘unhealthy’ are typically high in calories but low in nutrition with high volumes of sugar, salt and fat being added to make such products appealing to consumers. The upshot of this is that if you swap processed foods, fizzy drinks and sugary snacks for alternatives, it is actually hard to avoid reducing your calorie intake while simultaneously gaining more nutrients from what you eat.

Posted by Jennifer
March 11, 2014

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