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COUNCILS TO BE SERVED SUSTAINABLE AND HEALTHY FOOD INITIATIVES ON A PLATE

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The Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services has recruited a new secondee to help promote the work of ...
The Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services has recruited a new secondee to help promote the work of the Food Vision website (www.foodvision.gov.uk), research further food related case studies and develop specific toolkits to help local authorities begin their own sustainable and healthy food initiatives.

The Food Vision website has been developed to provide local authorities with a range of case studies and guidance on developing and running successful projects which will ultimately help people achieve healthy balanced diets.

Joanna Stokes is currently a senior trading standards officer for Brighton & Hove City Council and begun her year long part time secondment this week. For the last two years, Joanna has also been involved in the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership where she has worked on the School Food Action Group, which promotes healthier eating initiatives in local schools.

Derek Allen, executive director of LACORS, said: 'The Food Vision website helps local authorities develop successful food initiatives which benefit local communities. The website currently includes a range of case studies which promote sustainable and healthy food and we are delighted that Joanna is joining LACORS so these can be better promoted and effectively implemented by local communities.'

Joanna Stokes, Food Vision secondee for LACORS said: 'As a trading standards professional working closely with Environmental Health colleagues I am aware of the important work carried out by both professions working in local authorities and the links between their work and the Food Vision website. Much of the project work being carried out by trading standards and environmental health officers provides useful information for projects which are just starting up e.g. school meal analysis, advice on food labelling and Food Hygiene Awards.'

LACORS would like to encourage individuals to visit www.foodvision.gov.uk to see some of the initiatives that have already taken place. Over the next few weeks, LACORS will be developing the Community Café section of the website and would like to encourage people to contribute.

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LACORS, a local government central body, seeks to make a major contribution to the development of high quality consistent and co-ordinated local authority regulatory services across the UK. Please visit www.lacors.gov.uk for further information.

If you are aware of food projects in your area and would like to contribute, please contact Joanna.stokes@lacors.gov.uk or 07986904693.

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