Healthy eating for children: Great Grub Club comes to London libraries

Healthy eating for children: Great Grub Club comes to London libraries

Over the summer, World Cancer Research Fund UK’s Great Grub Club has been visiting Hackney libraries to help children learn about healthy lifestyles.

Our education programme encourages children to eat healthily and be active through fun activities. The Great Grub Club worked with Hackney Council, in east London, to offer free, accessible sessions in local libraries for children and their parents.

Fruit salads, smoothies, fact sheets and recipe ideas were handed out at the various events throughout July and August to the delight of many … Continue Reading

Obesity and cancer risk: Guardian health editor and author Sarah Boseley on the serious impacts of being overweight

Sarah Boseley

Sarah Boseley is the Guardian’s award-winning health editor and author  of ‘The Shape We’re In: How junk food and diets are shortening our lives’. Here she writes about the dangers of obesity, and calls for more robust action to warn people of the impact of being overweight:

‘The tombstone adverts on mainstream national television of the mid-80s warning us of that Aids was a death sentence were unforgettable. The more recent anti-smoking adverts showing cigarettes metamorphosing into tumours were stomach-turning. Governments in the UK have successfully mounted powerful public health campaigns – … Continue Reading

Ditch the diet forever

Woman on scales

Staying in shape doesn’t have to mean going hungry, eating like a caveman or cutting out whole food groups…

At this time of year the media is full of quick fix diet solutions to achieve the ‘perfect beach body’. The trouble with these fad diets is that they are often lacking in vital nutrients and can easily trap you in a frustrating cycle of yo-yo dieting which is hard to break.

WCRF UK gives you the low-down on some of the most recent diet crazes and their potential pitfalls for health. Then, read our guide … Continue Reading

Easy cheats to improve your diet

Think eating more vegetables and fruits is a chore? It really doesn’t have to be. It’s easier than you think to give your diet a boost.

Plant foods are packed full of vitamins and minerals that help strengthen your immune system. Easing more into your diet and ditching the less healthy options can help you stay in shape and reduce your risk of cancer as well as other diseases, such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

These easy swaps and additions take mere seconds to include in your food, and could help improve your diet in the blink of an … Continue Reading

On your bike! The health benefits of cycling

As the iconic Tour de France bike race hurtled through Yorkshire, Cambridge, and London this week, millions of spectators cheered on the athletes who are trying to claim the coveted yellow jersey prize.

The route, which began in Leeds and covers 3,664 kilometres over 21 stages, is the world’s largest annual sporting event.

While only the fittest of people can endure such an arduous challenge the sport has certainly captured the UK’s interest, with fans camping out on the Yorkshire moors to watch the race.

It should come as no surprise that there’s been a surge of interest in the sport – cycling … Continue Reading

Afternoon tea recipes for the Wimbledon finals

Eton mess

The Wimbledon finals are one of the highlights of summer.

The green courts, pristine whites and punnets of strawberries are some of the quintessential sights of the British summertime.

However, if you didn’t bag tickets for this weekend, or are still disappointed by Andy Murray’s early exit, there’s no need to despair – we’ve got some recipes for an elegant, healthier afternoon tea that will keep your spirits high even if you’re watching on TV.


These teatime treats will be great to feast on as the play heats up and at least you can console … Continue Reading

Summer drinks: Swap the sugar-loaded beverages for lighter alternatives

It’s summer – that blissful time of year when we spend hours outdoors, enjoying the sunshine with a cool, refreshing beverage in hand.

With so many different drinks on offer, it’s tempting to skip water and treat yourself to something more flavourful.

What many of us don’t realise is that what you choose to drink can have a big impact on your waistline. Many summer drinks come loaded with sugar and calories, and because they don’t tend to be filling or nutritious, they can cause weight gain – a risk factor for several cancers.

Our Health Information Assistant, Daria Crepostnaia, has come up … Continue Reading

Tesco takes sweets off the checkouts after customers demand healthy choices

Tesco takes sweets off the checkouts after customers demand healthy choices

We’re all familiar with the sight that greets us at many supermarket checkouts – rows of confectionary tempting us as we pay for our shopping.

For many of us, the temptation is too great and we often end up walking away with a sugary treat that we hadn’t considered buying beforehand.

So Tesco’s recent decision to remove sweets and chocolates from all of its checkouts by January 2015 is likely to have a healthy impact on customers.

Many of the more profitable foods and drinks on … Continue Reading

Move More Challenge – Making it easier for families to get active

WCRF's UK General Manager

WCRF’s UK General Manager

Many of us would complain that we don’t get enough time to spend with our families, let alone be active with them.

That’s why World Cancer Research Fund has launched the Move More Challenge – it’s a free, fun online tool that suggests simple ways for families to get active on a daily basis.

WCRF UK recommends at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day for reduced cancer risk but, as both WCRF UK’s General Manager and a mum myself, I appreciate that it’s … Continue Reading

Are your food portions in proportion?

Increases in portion sizes graphic

Portion sizes of foods in the UK have spiralled “out of control” according to a new report.
The Portion Distortion report compared the portion sizes of 245 shop-bought foods with portion sizes of the same foods 20 years ago, and found that many had increased significantly.

Gains in weight graphic

Managing our weight is a balancing act – eating more than we need to can contribute to weight gain, an important risk factor for … Continue Reading

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