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West Midlands Strategic Food Board

The Board was formed in 2013 in response to the increasing issues the public are facing with regards to food access and sustainability.

Our ambition is to:

  • Raise the strategic profile of food and food poverty and to influence change to consider further how we prioritise food in public health across the West Midlands.
  • To improve community capacity building via a whole systems approach
  • and deliver outcomes with strong evidence of impact.

Read our terms of reference

The WMSFB meets quarterly, for details of the next meeting please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Warwick Food GRP Showcase Event - 27th March 2018

Hear how Warwick is engaging with ‘food’ through research and teaching and to learn about ‘pump-priming’ funding and other opportunities to engage with the Food GRP

Click here to view the AGENDA

Please register here: https://warwick.ac.uk/research/priorities/foodsecurity/events/showcaseevent/

Physical Activity Tool

Public Health England has launched a Physical Activity Tool which brings together data at the local level for the whole of England on physical activity, including walking and cycling, as well as data on related risk factors and conditions such as obesity and diabetes. The tool also presents trend data and enables easy comparison of local authority data, allowing users to compare regional neighbours and local authorities with similar characteristics. The tool aims to help promote physical activity, develop understanding, and support benchmarking, commissioning and service improvement.
The data is grouped into three domains:
•    Key indicators - a summary overview of physical activity including a number of key outcomes from the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF).
•    Related conditions - such as cancers, diabetes, obesity, hypertension and depression. Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of these.
•    Supporting information - population demographics, life expectancy and deprivation.
In addition PHE has also published a data spreadsheet: Physical activity levels among adults in England 2015, available on the PHE Obesity Website. It presents physical activity measures (inactive, low activity, some activity and active) and key demographics from the Active People Survey at national, regional, upper and lower tier local authority and County Sports Partnership level.

PHE adult and child diet slide sets

PHE's Obesity Risk Factors Intelligence team have produced adult and child diet slide sets.

These PowerPoint slides accompany the adult and child diet factsheets and present key information on the diet of adults and children in clear, easy to understand charts and graphics.

For more information and to view the slide sets, visit the PHE Obesity Website

New School Food Standards from today 5th January 2015

As part of the School Food Plan, a new set of standards for all food served in schools was launched by the Department for Education. They become mandatory from today in all maintained schools, and new academies and free schools to view document click HERE

School Food Plan update

As part of the School Food Plan, a new set of standards for all food served in schools was launched by the Department for Education. They become mandatory in all maintained schools, and new academies and free schools from January 2015. To read more click HERE


Impact of Cooking Classes

The Impact of Cooking Classes on Food-Related Preferences, Attitudes, and Behaviors of School-Aged Children: A Systematic Review of the Evidence, 2003–2014. To read CDC article click HERE

New reports - local action on obesity

NCMP: Changes in children’s BMI between 2006/07 and 2012/13
This report is the fifth in a series of annual reports which use National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) data to examine the changes in children’s body mass index (BMI) that have taken place since 2006/07. It summarises changes in prevalence of obesity and excess weight, mean BMI (adjusted for age), and changes across the BMI distribution. Analysis has also been conducted to examine changes by level of socioeconomic deprivation and by ethnic group.  A summary document is also available.
All publications may be accessed via the PHE Obesity Knowledge and Intelligence website: http://www.noo.org.uk 

School Food Plan Annual Report 2014

It is just over a year since the School Food Plan was published. To read report click HERE

Toxic mix of fast-food outlets fuelling diabetes and obesity

Study led by University of Leicester reveals TWICE the number of fast-food outlets in inner city neighbourhoods with high density non-white ethnic minority groups & in socially deprived areas. Full report here

Contact Us

You can get in touch with us at:

Sandwell MBC
Freeth Street
West Midlands
B69 3DE

Helen O'Donnell - 07815 490 436
Rajdeep Atwal - 0845 352 7672


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Freeth Street
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