WHY IS FOOD EDUCATION NEEDED FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS?
Recent literature points towards an increased need for nutritional training in medical and health education. This article in the British Medical Journal reports that more than 70% of medics receive less than 2 hours of nutrition education during their entire training (1).
The Best Food Forward Project offers an enjoyable and unique learning environment to upskill health and medical professionals in food and health. It is an evidence-based way to continue professional development with your colleagues.
100% of respondents to our survey said they were likely or very likely to recommend the course to their peers.
“The UK-wide NHS costs attributable to overweight & obesity are projected to reach £9.7billion by 2050, with wider costs to society estimated to reach £49.9 Billion per year.”
- GOV.UK, 2017
Public Health England
In a world filled with pseudo-scientific ideas around food, we feel it is vital to pursue an evidence-based approach. That’s why the course has been designed and led by a registered dietitian.
Our sessions are not just a day of lectures, they are an opportunity for open discussion, peer-supported learning and debate about current food-related topics.
Our cooking sessions bring food theory into practice.
We believe that cooking together facilitates discussion and offers the opportunity to share and learn from our professional colleagues. This is why we all cook together, exploring how simple it can be to cook interesting, nutritious and low-cost food.
RELEVANT TO PRACTICE
We incorporate surplus food from FareShare into the course. By doing this we address issues around food waste, food insecurity and what food is actually available to some members of the community. The lived experience of participants can then be passed on to their patients.
WHAT OUR PARTICIPANTS HAVE TO SAY…
"A REALLY PRACTICAL HANDS ON WAY TO FACILITATE IMPORTANT DISCUSSIONS ABOUT HOW WE APPROACH FOOD AND NUTRITION. MAKING IT SO MUCH EASIER TO IN TURN INITIATE AND HAVE THESE CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR PATIENTS."
Best Food Forward participant
In 2021/22, 23.4% of children in Year 6 are living with obesity in England.
25.8% of households with children experience food insecurity.
It is estimated that the NHS spends £6.5 billion annually on treating obesity-related ill health.
There tends to be more fast-food outlets in areas of greater deprivation”
WHO CAN SIGN UP FOR THIS COURSE?This course is suitable for groups of GPs or health professionals interested in CPD-certified food education. If you or your practice are interested in participating, we would love to hear from you! We can host teams of up to 15. Availability is on a first-come-first-serve basis.
WHAT TOPICS ARE COVERED DURING THE SESSIONS?This day-long course aims to teach health professionals how to communicate with their patients about food and what broader determinants have an impact on food choice. Topics include: Food and its impact on health Barriers to food accessibility Realistic approaches to eating well Myth debunking The influence of advertising on food and diet Food and the environment Behaviour change theory and public health goal setting
WHERE DO YOU COVER?We are based at the School of Artisan Food in Welbeck, near Worksop, North Nottinghamshire. We are happy to receive enquiries from all over the UK.
DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING WITH ME?No, you don’t need to bring anything with you. Once you have registered, we will send you a more detailed welcome pack. Lunch is provided and refreshments will be available throughout the day.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?Use the ‘Contact Us’ form below to share your interest.