Tilda Together winner reaps gardening reward 

A primary school in Sutton has won Tilda Together 2018 and scooped a £500 cash prize, as well as a vegetable garden designed by horticulturalist and presenter of ITV’s Love Your Garden, Frances Tophill. 

Foresters Primary School in Wallington won the annual competition after catering manager Terri Phillimore entered. She said: “It’s so important children learn where their food comes from and how it can fuel them, to win all this has been fantastic.” 

Along with the cash prize, the Tilda Together Day included an energetic nutritional talk from top dietician and nutritionist, Dr Sarah Schenker, a visit from celebrity gardener Frances Tophill who taught the children how to plant vegetables, as well as games to learn about rice with Tilda account manager, Karen Goff. 

Welsh chefs’ leader awarded prestigious medal

The president of the Culinary Association of Wales has been recognised by chefs around the globe for his work promoting the culinary arts and profession. 

Arwyn Watkins, OBE, managing director of award-winning training provider Cambrian Training Company based in Welshpool, was presented with the prestigious Presidents Medal at the Worldchefs Congress and Expo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

The medal, presented by Worldchefs president Thomas Gugler, recognises individuals who have undertaken activities within their own country to promote the advancement and profile of the culinary arts and profession. 

Upward trend in childhood obesity 

New figures released by Public Health England show an upward trend in childhood obesity for children leaving primary school. 

Analysis of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) between 2006 to 2007 and 2016 to 2017 details trends in severe obesity for the first time. The programme captures the height and weight of over one million children in Reception (aged 4 to 5 years) and Year 6 (aged 10 to 11 years) in school each year. 

The findings show stark health inequalities continue to widen. The prevalence of excess weight, obesity, overweight and severe obesity are higher in the most deprived areas compared to the least deprived – this is happening at a faster rate in Year 6 than Reception. 

As part of its work to reduce childhood obesity, PHE is working with the food industry to cut 20% of sugar from everyday products by 2020, and 20% of calories by 2024. 

Bridget Benelam, nutrition communications manager, British Nutrition Foundation, said the findings were “worrying”. 

“In addition to PHE’s statistics on obesity in young children, our National Diet and Nutrition Survey shows that there are also a number of issues with low nutrient intake in 11-18 year olds, who have the worst micronutrient intakes of any age group in the population. This age group, particularly girls, have low intakes of calcium, folate (girls only), iodine, iron, potassium and zinc, which suggests that not only are young people overeating, but that the balance of foods they are eating does not reflect a healthy diet. Alongside this, levels of physical activity in children are low with only about 20% of 5-15 year olds meeting current guidelines to be moderately active for at least an hour a day.” 

Tripe is just offal!

YouGov has published a new study showing the foods at risk of vanishing from supermarkets and restaurants – with tripe topping the list. Foods at greatest risk of going extinct are:

1. Tripe 

2. Giblets 

3. Eel 

4. Tongue 

5. Cockles 

6. Nettles 

7. Oxtail 

8. Rabbit 

9. Black pudding 

10. Kidneys