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Firefighters brought in to tackle childhood obesity crisis

Firefighters are now being used to help tackle the growing problem of childhood obesity by local authorities up and down the country.

A report published by the Local Government Authority found that firefighters are taking on an increasing number of roles, including fighting poverty, housing issues, drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence, as the number of fires continues to fall.

The number of fires reported in the UK each year has fallen from 572,000 in 2003/4 to 213,000 in 2013/14, fires in homes also fell from 62,000 to 40,000.

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Sacla gives school children an operatic lunchtime

Children at Great Missenden School, Buckinghamshire, were given a lunchtime to remember by Sacla recently.

With the aim of bringing the spirit of Italy to a busy school dining hall, opera singers disguised as canteen staff broke out into song and performed a medley of classic Italian songs.

Managing director of Sacla’ UK, Clare Blampied, said: “We wanted to bring the spirit of Italy and our passion for Italian food to schools and give children an Italian dining experience to remember.

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Five million adults at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes

Around five million people are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to new figures released by Public Health England.

The latest analysis from PHE’s National Cardiovascular Health Intelligence Network (NCVIN) estimates 5,047,891 adults in England are pre-diabetic, also known as non-diabetic hyperglycaemia, meaning they are at risk of developing the condition.

Type 2 diabetes costs the NHS £8.8bn every year, affects over three million people in the UK and results in around 22,000 early deaths, according to the health service.

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CESA conference keynote to be delivered by ex referee Howard Webb

Former football referee Howard Webb will deliver the keynote address at this year’s CESA conference.

This year’s theme, ‘Teamwork Makes Great Business’, is designed to underline the increasing collaboration between manufacturers, suppliers and operators to meet the challenges the industry faces.

The conference will focus on the business on the foodservice market and the influence of current trends.

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AiP implements RAPID to provide site management

Education caterer, Alliance in Partnership (AiP) has implemented the RAPID site management system to improve communications between head office and its kitchen.

The system is designed to ensure consistency to meet ISO standards, eliminate wasted activity, and provide up to the minute trading information at the touch of a button.

Paul Rogers managing director, AiP Group of Companies, said: “We expect RAPID to simplify our operations and to significantly improve the communications between head office and our valued staff.

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Conference to look at next steps for UK food waste policy

The European Union wastes about 22 million tonnes of food a year and Britain wastes the most, according to a study by European Commission-backed researchers.

The findings throw into sharp relief the issues to be discussed at a conference in London on September 10th titled ‘Next Steps for UK Food Waste Policy - Waste Reduction, Innovation and Anaerobic Digestion’.

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Eco cleaning supplier named Government ‘green’ champion

Ecological cleaning products company Delphis Eco, which supplies more than 1,000 schools and six UK universities, has been chosen by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) as the only company to represent the ‘Green Pillar’ in the Government backed ‘Britain is GREAT’ campaign.

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London school children more obese than anywhere else in UK

Childhood obesity rates in London are higher than the rest of the country, according to figures compiled by a Labour mayoral candidate.

Sadiq Khan found that one in five London schoolchildren are classed as very overweight by the time they leave primary school.

Whilst in eight boroughs, including Southwark and Westminster, more than a quarter of 11-year-olds are considered obese, while one in ten five-year-olds across London are considered seriously overweight.

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CATERed launches Big Summer Food Tour

| South West Region

Plymouth based school meals provider CATERed has launched its Big Summer Food Tour where staff will be handing out healthy and nutritious lunches every Tuesday and Thursday in August.

The event is designed to help make sure that some children, who would normally receive free school meals are not missing out during the summer holiday.

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Stockport school wins Manitowoc LACA Main Event competition

Manitowoc has announced that Reddish Vale High School in Stockport is the winner of the LACA Main Event competition winning a brand new Convotherm 4 6.10 easyDial combi steamer and stand.

Linda Banks, catering manager and entrant of the competition, said: “I literally went around the school screaming when I received the phone call on Monday morning.

“I received an email the week of LACA highlighting the competition and started dreaming about how winning would actually change my life. I filled in the form and thought nothing more about it.

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