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Does Vitamin D Help With COVID-19 Risk?

Does Vitamin D Help With COVID-19 Risk? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Public Health England (PHE) recommends everyone consider taking a vitamin D supplement during lockdown to keep their bones and muscles healthy. 

It previously only recommend supplementing during the winter months as, during summer, most people can make all the vitamin D they need from the effect of sunlight on their skin.
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Action on Salt says more can still be done to protect public health

Action on Salt says more can still be done to protect public health | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
In February 2020, Public Health England released their draft salt reduction targets for 2023 to key stakeholders. There has been a continuation of the existing targets with 2-20 percent reduction across different categories, depending on category progress, as well as targets for six new categories of food including flavoured nuts, savoury and sweet popcorn, ready meal sides and accompaniments, chilli sauce, dips and all other condiments.
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LMC welcomes update to nutritional standards for school food

LMC welcomes update to nutritional standards for school food | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMC) has welcomed the recently launched consultation from the Department of Education seeking views on a proposed update to nutritional standards for school food in Northern Ireland.

The purpose of the consultation is to allow schools to reflect current Government guidance on healthy eating.
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Scottish council offers vegan food in all nurseries and schools after challenge from mother - The Scotsman

Scottish council offers vegan food in all nurseries and schools after challenge from mother - The Scotsman | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
A Scottish council has agreed to offer vegan food in all of its nurseries and primary and secondary schools thanks to a challenge from a local mother.

Alexis Kasravi has successfully secured vegan school meals for her five-year-old daughter Mia, leading to all schools in the borough now offering vegan food options.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder, Cold Mornings, Brexit... What’s Draining You?

Seasonal Affective Disorder, Cold Mornings, Brexit... What’s Draining You? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
A recent poll of over 2,000 adults revealed their top 40 energy saps. Endlessly terrible weather, cold mornings, lack of daylight and Brexit all make the top 10

Learning to negotiate darker evenings and colder days can be difficult for many who miss the light and freedom the summer and early autumn affords. The inevitable changes the shift in season brings can be more than irritating for some, affecting sleep, mood, energy levels, as well as the ability to socialise and engage with others.
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How biscuits enriched with protein could keep the UK's ageing population strong

How biscuits enriched with protein could keep the UK's ageing population strong | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The world’s ageing populations are increasing every year. In 2016, 18% of the UK’s population was aged 65 years or older – by 2046, this group will account for nearly a quarter of the people living in the British Isles.

Add to this the fact that normal ageing is associated with a gradual decline in muscle mass, known as sarcopenia which can impair muscle function and strength, it is crucial, now and in the future, to prolong people’s health span and their ability to be active and live independently. For that we need to understand the role of dietary intake of protein to promote healthy and active ageing.
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Snack tax may be more effective than soda tax in obesity fight: BMJ study

Snack tax may be more effective than soda tax in obesity fight: BMJ study | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Taxing high sugar snacks – such as sweets, cakes and biscuits – may be more effective at reducing obesity than taxing sugary drinks, according to a new study published in the BMJ.
In the UK, sugary snacks make up more free sugar and energy intake than sugary drinks, according to researchers. A modelling study demonstrated that a snack tax on food – which increases prices by 20% - would be twice as effective as the same price rise on sugary drinks.
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Tax on sugary snacks ‘could be more effective than drinks levy’

Increasing the cost of sugary snacks could be more effective at tackling obesity than the tax on sugary drinks, researchers believe.

The introduction of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy in April last year has led to a “wave of reformulation” by the drinks industry, the authors of a new BMJ study said.
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How does going vegan help save the planet? Here are the facts

How does going vegan help save the planet? Here are the facts | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Environmentally-speaking, the world is not in a great place right now. The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – one of the main contributors to climate change – is continuing to rise past levels last seen millions of years ago. This, combined with other greenhouse gases, has triggered extreme weather events across the globe. Seven of the ten hottest years on record took place in the last decade.
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All Change: The Challenges of Embracing a Plant-Based Diet

All Change: The Challenges of Embracing a Plant-Based Diet | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
There is no doubt that our diet and the food and agriculture systems that sustain it are contributing to the environmental emergency the planet now faces. The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report ‘Climate Change and Land’ illustrates that in all likelihood our current trajectory will lead to severe, adverse effects on the climate. Change is necessary.
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Teenagers drink a bathtub of sugary drinks annually: Study | more lifestyle

Teenagers drink a bathtub of sugary drinks annually: Study | more lifestyle | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Teenagers, aged between 11 and 18, drink almost a bathtub full of sugary drinks on average a year, claim researchers.
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Stricter Regulations Needed to Maximize Cuts in Sodium Intake, UK Study Suggests | tctmd.com

Stricter Regulations Needed to Maximize Cuts in Sodium Intake, UK Study Suggests | tctmd.com | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
July 22, 2019

A public-private partnership geared toward reducing salt consumption that was in effect in the United Kingdom from 2011 to 2017 may be responsible for about 9,900 excess cases of cardiovascular disease when compared with what would have occurred under stricter regulations, a new study suggests.
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Relaxing salt regulations in ready meals 'caused 9,900 cases of heart disease' | Daily Mail

Relaxing salt regulations in ready meals 'caused 9,900 cases of heart disease' | Daily Mail | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Relaxing salt regulations in the UK has been linked to thousands of cases of heart disease and stomach cancer that would never have otherwise occurred, research suggests.

A study looked at salt intake in England before and after changes to legislation were introduced in 2011.

The 'tragic' Public Health Responsibility Deal saw the food industry set its own salt targets, rather than being monitored by an independent body.
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Eating well to protect your immune system

Eating well to protect your immune system | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
In the wake of the current and unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, on 20th March 2020, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) emphasised the importance of appropriate diet and lifestyle measures including adequate nutrition to protect the immune system.

This is of course not a substitute for adherence, first and foremost, to key public health and medical advice on prevention. However, as vast sections of society spend more time at home, it provides an opportunity to focus on strengthening the four lifestyle pillars of sleep, mind, exercise and diet.
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Salt campaigner ‘disappointed’ as report finds no progress on reduction

Salt campaigner ‘disappointed’ as report finds no progress on reduction | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Salt levels in England have shown 'no significant change' in six years, according to official data.
Salt intake in England has shown ‘no significant change’ since 2014, according to official data released by Public Health England's National Diet and Nutrition Survey in England 2018 to 2019​.
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Which vital nutrient are nearly a third of us not getting enough of?

Which vital nutrient are nearly a third of us not getting enough of? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

29 percent of adults have low levels of vitamin D between January and March every year and are consequently risking deficiency, according to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey. For 11–18-year-olds, this jumps to 37 percent. Given the nutrient’s vital role in keeping muscles, bones and teeth healthy, what would deficiency mean for you and can you prevent it by taking supplements?

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Children in north eating seven times recommended amount of unhealthy 'treats'

Children in north eating seven times recommended amount of unhealthy 'treats' | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
WE LIVE in a world where you can’t pay for petrol without leaning over a sea of chocolate, sweets and crisps intentionally placed at your child’s eye level and where a trip to the supermarket involves being bombarded by special offers for treats.

Added to that, children often can’t participate in activities – even in school – without being 'rewarded' with crisps, sweets, chocolate and biscuits. Even when on their screens, online ads for unhealthy foods target children.
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What happens if you eat too much sugar? Experts reveal the impact

What happens if you eat too much sugar? Experts reveal the impact | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Indulged in a can of coke? Here's how it will effect your body and mind for the next 24 hours - and in the long term.

It’s no exaggeration to say that in recent years, sugar has become public enemy number one. There’s been an influx of TV shows, documentaries, articles and social media posts condemning the ingredient for all the ills it brings us, while also revealing just how much of it we’re exposed to every single day.
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Is Eating Meat Good or Bad for You?

Is Eating Meat Good or Bad for You? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Burgers, steaks, hot dogs—red meat is an American diet staple, but our carnivore cravings may be killing us. After tracking food choices of more than 81,000 adults over an eight-year period, Harvard researchers found that people who ate half a serving more of red meat, especially processed red meat, every day were about 13 percent more likely to die during the subsequent eight years than people who didn’t eat the extra meat. The same amount of unprocessed red meat increased risk of death by 9 percent.
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What does the National Travel Survey tell us about how much we travel?

What does the National Travel Survey tell us about how much we travel? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The Government recently published the National Travel Survey, one of the annual highlights in the calendar for transport researchers such as myself. Contained in the cells and tabs of the 77 spreadsheets served up in the survey (as well as, to the credit of the Department for Transport, its accompanying commentary document) is a statistical nirvana on how we, as a nation, are travelling.
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Study adds weight to 'sugar tax' on cake and biscuits - British Baker

Study adds weight to 'sugar tax' on cake and biscuits - British Baker | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
A tax on biscuits, cakes and sweets might be more effective at reducing obesity levels than increasing the price of sugar-sweetened drinks, latest research suggests.

The study, published in the BMJ, found that high-sugar snacks made up more free sugar and energy intake than fizzy drinks. Researchers used economic modelling to assess the impact of a 20% increase on high-sugar snack foods in the UK.

Raising the cost by 20% would help reduce annual average energy intake by around 8,900 calories and lead to an average weight loss of 1.3kg (2.8lb) over one year, researchers claimed.
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Vitamin B3 - Are You Getting Enough?

Vitamin B3 - Are You Getting Enough? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Vitamin B3 helps to release energy from the foods we eat, is essential for many basic reactions in the body and helps to maintain the nervous system and keep our skin healthy.
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Four ways sugar is fooling you –

Four ways sugar is fooling you – | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Too much sugar can make us overweight and this can lead to a plethora of health issues such as cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Sugar also damages our teeth and nearly a third of UK adults and nearly half of teenagers have some level of tooth decay.
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How the sugar tax is changing behaviour

How the sugar tax is changing behaviour | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

All age groups in the UK consume too much sugar* and on average, we’re consuming more than twice the government recommendation.

In 2014, National Diet and Nutrition Survey Data highlighted soft drinks as the main contributor of added sugar for young people, with boys aged 11-18 getting 42% of their intake this way3. As sugar can contribute to excess calorie consumption, this was becoming a major public health concern.

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Salt will cause 26,000 heart attacks and stroke cases by 2025, research claims –

Salt will cause 26,000 heart attacks and stroke cases by 2025, research claims – | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
THOUSANDS are dying of heart attacks, strokes and stomach cancer after a ­campaign to reduce salt in supermarket food stalled, researchers have said.

A relaxation in regulation since 2011 is said to be responsible for nearly 10,000 extra heart disease and stroke cases over six years.

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