Public Health Advice - campaigns

Food Safety Week 2014: 'Don't wash raw chicken'

National Food Safety Week is running this year from Monday 16 June to Sunday 22 June. The core message is 'don't wash raw chicken'. This is because of a food bug called campylobacter, the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK. The Environmental Health team are manning an information stand which will be travelling round the district that week. Information will also be available from area offices. For more information please visit the Food Standards Agency .                                                      

Healthy Start vouchers

The Healthy Start programme helps to give your family the best start in life. If you are pregnant or have a child under four years old, you may qualify to buy fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, milk and infant formula milk. Women and children on the scheme are also entitled to free vitamins. For more information or to find out if you qualify for Healthy Start vouchers, please visit the Healthy Start website.

Simple steps to less saturated fat

Evidence shows that in the UK we are eating 20% more saturated fat than is recommended, which could lead to a build up of fatty deposits in the arteries that supply the heart. This can put you at greater risk of heart disease and heart attacks, which reduce the quality of life for those living with the illness and, in worst cases, are fatal.

The campaign aims to reduce our saturated fat intake by encouraging us all to make little practical changes to the way we shop, cook and eat, such as simply eating chicken without the skin, grating cheese instead of slicing so you eat less of it, and using sunflower or olive oil instead of butter when cooking. The campaign will also remind people to compare labels and choose the option that is lower in saturated fat as another simple way to reduce the amount of saturated fat in their diet.

For more information and simple tips on how to reduce the amount of saturated fat, see the NHS Choices Healthy Eating guide.


Change4Life is an NHS initiative aimed at helping you and your family take the first steps towards a healthier lifestyle, providing advice on eating well, moving more and living longer.  

Tackling illicit tobacco

Despite being seen as a victimless crime by some, the trade in illegal tobacco is something that we should all be concerned about. It is reported that illegal tobacco is responsible for four times as many deaths as drugs, and that 4,000 fewer people would die each year from smoking related illnesses in the UK if tobacco smuggling were wiped out.

As illegal cigarettes are far cheaper - up to half the price of legal ones - this makes it easier for children to take up the habit, encourages people to smoke more, and makes it harder for smokers to quit.

The Get Some Answers campaign aims to provide more information about the danger of illicit tobacco.

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