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Health initiative to help young people

Date: 15/07/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

Health by Stealth – a project to promote healthy eating and food hygiene to disadvantaged young people – has been successful in receiving funding from the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The FSA has awarded the scheme £10,000. This will be matched funded by charity Fairbridge, bringing it to a total of £20,000. Medway Council, working in partnership with Fairbridge, will educate young people about healthy eating and food hygiene. The scheme is aimed at those aged 16 plus who are out of education, employment and training, and young people aged 13-16 years old who are disengaged with education. Fairbridge staff will be trained in the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering / Healthier Food and Special Diets. Young people will be encouraged to gain a CIEH certificate in food hygiene providing them with a qualification that can be taken into the workplace. Medway Council Portfolio Holder for Children’s Service Cllr Les Wicks said: “The aim is to identify and break down barriers in these young people’s lives that prevents healthy food choice and good food hygiene practice as part of their daily lives. “The overall outcome of this scheme will be an innovative and adaptable training package for Medway’s young people.” A total of 170 applications for grants as part of the FSA’s food hygiene and healthy eating initiative 2008/09 were received this year. Only around 10 per cent of projects received funding, of which Medway’s was one.