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    The Physical Activity and Nutrition Networks for Wales quarterly newsletter for community food and physical activity initiatives in Wales Bitesize

    March 2014 | Issue 42

    Get Cooking with Cardiff Flying Start Cardiff Flying Start have started the new year with four new Get Cooking courses. The courses are running throughout the city and are aimed at parents and carers living in Flying Start areas. The first ever Get Cooking course is up and running in one of the homeless hostels in Ely. The course aims to increase confidence in preparing tasty family meals on a budget.

    As a new development, the Dietetics team have been working in partnership with the Flying Start Health Visiting team. They have trained seven Family Health Workers (FHWs) to become Get Cooking tutors.

    The FHWs have undertaken the Community Food and Nutrition Skills Course (Agored Cymru accredited, Level 2) and additional Get Cooking facilitator workshops including a session to teach knife skills and provide tips and inspiration for cooking with families.

    Two FHWs are already delivering their first courses.

    A subgroup of Public Health Dietitians in Wales are working together to develop All-Wales standardised resources to support practical cookery courses in the community.

    This is bringing together the work of Get Cooking and a project led by the Public Health Dietetic team in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board; Come and Cook/ Dewch i Goginio. These are being produced as part of the NUTRITION SKILLS FOR LIFETM service.

    The resources will be available to support courses delivered by trained staff in partnership with local Dietetic departments.

    For more information contact the Cardiff and Vale Public Health Dietetics team on 029 2066 8089.

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    Hot Physical Activity and Nutrition Local Initiatives

    Risca Primary School young prize-winner visits Downing Street An artistic young Caerphilly county borough pupil has taken a trip to 10 Downing Street after winning outdoor play equipment for her school playground.

    Four-year-old Cagla Kaya, a pupil at Risca Primary School, secured top spot in a national healthy living art competition, run as part of National Obesity Awareness Week 2014, with her healthy lunchbox design. In doing so Cagla won funds to carry out improvements to her school’s playground.

    As part of her prize Cagla, who attends the school’s nursery class, visited 10 Downing Street on Tuesday 17 January 2014 for a reception hosted by the Prime Minister’s wife, Samantha Cameron.

    Mrs Jayne Arthur, Headteacher at Risca Primary School, said: “We were delighted that Cagla had won such a prestigious award. We are all very proud of her. She had a fantastic day and we look forward to making some super changes to our playground.”

    Cllr Rhianon Passmore, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Education & Lifelong Learning, added: “I’m thrilled to hear that Cagla’s design has won this competition encouraging youngsters to have healthy, well balanced diets. It’s fantastic that her artwork has won improvements to the school’s playground, which will benefit the whole school community now and in the future.”

    National Obesity Awareness Week ran from January 13-19 2014, encouraging the public to take action after reports that half of the UK population could be obese by the year 2050.

    Cagla’s winning healthy lunchbox design

    Cagla pictured with Samantha Cameron and other prize winners

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    Lifestyle Management Programme goes from strength to strength Patients across North Wales who have hip or knee osteoarthritis and have a BMI of over 35 are being referred on to the new Lifestyle Management Programme. The programme aims to help reduce their weight and their chances of needing hip or knee surgery in the future.

    Betsi Cadwalader University Health Board and the National Exercise Referral Scheme are working in partnership to run the new initiative across the whole of North Wales within local Leisure Centres.

    Anglesey County Council was one of the first councils involved in setting up the scheme and has been inundated with referrals for patients. Mair Eluned, Exercise Referral Co-ordinator for Anglesey County Council explained “By reducing patients weight and improving their knowledge on the importance of a healthy balanced diet and physical activity many patients are becoming fitter and stronger and are in less pain. Some patients have felt they no longer need surgery following completion of the scheme and others who still have some pain and require surgery are recovering quicker. Patients are also less likely to suffer post-operative complications in hospital due to their recent improvement in their lifestyle and physical fitness.”

    “The Lifestyle Management Programme offers patients 32 weeks of structured exercise sessions with a qualified Exercise Referral Professional along with physiotherapy support throughout and an 8 week course with the dietitian.”

    Einion Williams is one of Anglesey’s Lifestyle patients who not only successfully completed his 32 weeks, lost over 15kg, reduced his BMI from 50 to 45 but also completed his first ever Sprint Triathlon in Pwllheli and then in Llanrwst and also took part in the Cardiff Half Marathon. Einion is still exercising since completing the scheme to continue with his weight loss programme.

    “The scheme has helped me improve my lifestyle and being able to exercise with people in a similar situation to myself made it easier to succeed. The support the staff gave me while I was exercising in the fitness room kept me motivated and this has helped me since completing the scheme to continue using the gym in my own time three times a week.”

    Physiotherapist, Louise Cartner who is working on the scheme in Anglesey added: “The joint partnership working has been a huge success with patients benefiting from seeing a physiotherapist, dietitian and exercise professional all in one setting. The patients have found the sessions not only informative but also enjoyed being part of a group exercising together.”

    For further information on the Lifestyle Management Programme in Anglesey contact Mair Eluned, Exercise Referral Co-ordinator on 01248 752975 or Cathy Wynne, Clinical Performance Lead on 01766 510038.

    Einion Williams pictured

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    Ziggies gets sporty Ziggies, the free after school club for children and their parents, has launched new story time sessions to get kids up and moving.

    The weekly Ziggies sessions are run in schools across Rhondda Cynon Taff (RCT) for children aged three to eight years old. Ziggies gives children the chance to share special time with their parents, experiencing the joys of stories together.

    Now Ziggies has teamed up with Sport RCT to include ‘Play to Learn’ physical movement and play into their sessions. Ziggies still has reading at its heart, but after the story and craft activity children and parents now take part in fun activities based around the content of the book. In a recent Ziggies club the story of the Three Little Pigs was followed by a number of games such as ‘Piggy in the middle’ and ‘Roll the ball to knock the houses down.’

    Based on the success of the initial pilot, the Ziggies team are currently developing three more Ziggies ‘Play to Learn’ sessions which will be trialed across existing groups for feedback from the volunteers and families.

    Gemma Barker, Ziggies Co-ordinator said:

    “Ziggies is such a special club because it is something that parents and grandparents can share with their children. The adults are hands-on with the craft and physical activities and children get to spend quality time with their parents. It is fantastic to begin working with Sport RCT to develop more sessions to get children active.”

    To find out more about Ziggies contact RCT Homes on 01443 494660 and ask to speak to the Ziggies team.

    Community Food Co-operative Programme

    June Jones (North-West Wales) 01766 890637 / 07717 202215

    Natalie Edwards (North-East Wales) 07772 109695

    Karen Robertson (North-Central Wales) 07879 611670

    Hannah James (South-Central Wales) 029 2023 2943 / 07717 205438

    Richard Reast (South-West Wales) 01443 402317 / 07918 715718

    Abigail Morrison (West Wales) 07875 224718

    Rebecca May (South-East Wales) 07807 003039

    The programme aims to increase people’s access to, and consumption of, fresh fruit and vegetables and to support local Welsh suppliers. The Rural Regeneration Unit manages the programme which is funded by the Welsh Government. The programme currently supports over 350 food co-ops across Wales. Further information about the Community Food Co- operative programme can be found on the website

    If you would like further information on opening or finding a food co-op, please contact your local Food Development Worker:

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    We are open! Latest Food Co-ops in Wrexham and Flintshire The Rural Regeneration Unit would like to welcome a number of new food co-ops to the scheme. The latest food co-ops that have been set up in Wrexham and Flintshire are:

    • Angorfa Food Co-op in Rhosymedre

    • Alun School in Mold

    • Madras V.A School in Penley

    • Flintshire Local Voluntary Council in Mold

    Volunteers at Flintshire Voluntary Council (FLVC) on their first bagging session