Food and Health Alliance update


Scotland’s ice cream trail launched as part of our Year of Food and Drink

Community Food and Health Scotland’s food poverty study published

Emergency food aid research published

New Eat Better Feel Better marketing materials coming soon

Future of Scottish agriculture discussion paper launched

Mobile Traders Food Hygiene National Standards consultation

Healthyliving Award for three Xcite cafes across West Lothian

New CFHS cooking skills study group

Just Growth funding opportunity



Glasgow’s Healthier Future Forum 17 – Thinking Ahead in the Early Years, 15 September 2015, Trades Hall of Glasgow

Free cooking courses for carers – Let’s Get Cooking, Various dates in September 2015, Glasgow and Fife

Community Food and Health (Scotland) Annual Networking Conference, 28th October, Perth Concert Hall

Lifting the lid exhibition: 400 years of food and drink in Scotland, Free exhibition closes on 8 November 2015, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh



Scottish Government (2015). Year of Food and Drink 2015 EQIA. Scottish Government, Edinburgh; August 2015

SPICe Briefing  (2015). SB 15-28 Land Reform in Scotland.  Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh; 3 June 2015.

NICE (2015). NICE quality standard [QS98] – Nutrition: improving maternal and child nutrition.  NICE; July 2015

Nourish Scotland (2015). Growing the Local Food Economy in Scotland. Nourish Scotland, Edinburgh; July 2015


Buckton C, Lean M and Combet E, (2015). ‘Language is the source of misunderstandings’–impact of terminology on public perceptions of health promotion messages’. BMC Public Health 2015, 15:579 doi:10.1186/s12889-015-1884-1.  To access the article visit the BMC Public Health website.  This study explored public perceptions of language commonly used to communicate concepts linking health, food and the diet with focus groups in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Temporal trends in socioeconomic inequalities in obesity prevalence among economically-active working-age adults in Scotland between 1995 and 2011: a population-based repeated cross-sectional study. Zhu J, Coombs N, Stamatakis E. BMJ Open. 2015 Jun 18;5(6):e006739. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006739. FREE ARTICLE.  To access the free article visit the NCDI website.  This study researched inequality trends in obesity over time in men and women in Scotland.

Estrade, M. et al.  A qualitative study of independent fast food vendors near secondary schools in disadvantaged Scottish neighbourhoods. BMC Public Health. 2014 Aug 4;14:793. To access the full text article visit the NCDI website

Gillespie, D.O. et al.  The Health Equity and Effectiveness of Policy Options to Reduce Dietary Salt Intake in England: Policy Forecast.  PLoS One. 2015 Jul 1;10(7):e0127927. To access the full text article visit the NCDI website.  This study models the impact of different policies to reduce salt on mortality inequality in England.

Disadvantaged children at greater relative risk of thinness (as well as obesity): a secondary data analysis of the England National Child Measurement Programme and the UK Millennium Cohort Study. Pearce A, Rougeaux E, Law C. Int J Equity Health. 2015 Aug 5;14:61. doi: 10.1186/s12939-015-0187-6. FREE ARTICLE.  To access the full text article visit the NCDI website.

Obtaining full text journal articles

Please note the full text of most of these articles can be obtained using an NHS Scotland Athens username and password. You are eligible for an Athens account if you work in Scotland and fall into any of the following categories:

• NHS staff

• Social services staff

• Voluntary sector staff

• Anybody working in partnership with the NHS.

You can obtain an Athens username and password by registering on the Knowledge Network website.

 Some other resources you can review are:

Public Health England’s Obesity Knowledge Update

NHS Health Scotland’s Health Inequalities Alert

 Hot Topic

Each month we invite FHA members to showcase information on a local or national topic specific piece of work via our e-bulletin. We recognise that this type of information will prove valuable to other members who are perhaps embarking on a similar piece of work but aren’t quite sure where to begin.

This month we spoke to Food Standards Scotland about recent activity of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN).

In Scotland, dietary advice is based on scientific evidence and recommendations from expert groups, such as SACN.

People in Scotland consume much more sugar than is healthy and not nearly enough fibre. On 17 July SACN published a report on Carbohydrates and Health which recommends that we all need to reduce the amount of sugar we eat and increase the amount of fibre. SACN have halved the previous recommendation for sugar intake to no more than 5% of calorie intake from free sugars and increased the recommendation for fibre (now defined using the AOAC method) by about 25% to 30g for adults and less for children. Sugar intake is linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus and dental caries and eating more dietary fibre, especially from wholegrains, can lessen your risk of heart disease and some cancers.

Scottish ministers have accepted these SACN recommendations following advice from Food Standards Scotland (FSS). Now FSS, with others, will look at how to take these recommendations forward, helping consumers in Scotland to choose a healthier diet.

SACN have also released a draft consultation report containing recommendations on Vitamin D and Health. Interested stakeholders, such as academics, NGOs, charities, industry representatives and members of the public are encouraged to engage with the consultation, which will end on 23 September 2015. This will help shape the final recommendations and ensure the transparency and integrity of the report. The final report is expected to be published in early 2016.

At their June open meeting SACN concluded that a review of fatty acids and their impact on health should be undertaken. The working group will look first at the evidence around saturated fatty acids.

More information about the recent work of SACN can be found in the SACN Annual Report 2014 and on the SACN web pages.


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