Making good food the easy choice

Food for Life doesn't promise to provide a quick fix. We’re about encouraging lasting and sustainable change to the way we all think about food, our communities, our environment and our health.

Why does it matter?

As a society we are increasingly distanced from our food – how it’s grown, how it’s produced and what’s in it. The type of food we eat has a huge impact on our society for a number of reasons. In 2005, the British Medical Association predicted that by 2020 a quarter of children in the UK will be obese, and most children will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. We also know that not being able to cook from fresh ingredients means people are more likely to turn to less healthy convenience foods that are high in salt, sugar and saturated fats.

Transform your food culture

Develop your own unique food culture – and give those involved the confidence and voice to share their ideas and opinions. Food has the power to unite communities, and so at the heart of our programme is a desire to create a meaningful partnership between schools, nurseries, hospitals, care homes, and food providers and the wider community, so that good food and associated health benefits becomes a reality for all.

Pupils in Food for Life schools eat around a third more fruit and vegetables than pupils in comparison schools, and significantly more fruit and vegetables at home.

Creating healthy places - how we work

The Food for Life approach works at population-level with settings and communities, taking a whole system approach to make it easy, normal and enjoyable to eat well. 

Click on the image below for a handy graphic showing how and where we work.

Food for Life healthy places map