Throughout the world, major shifts in dietary patterns are occurring, from basic staples towards more diversified diets. Eating a balanced diet helps prevent a number of common but serious illnesses from coronary heart disease to diabetes and cancer. Helping more people to eat better is really important in Stoke-on-Trent where life expectancy and healthy life expectancy is below the national average.
There are many factors influencing what we eat however. Individuals’ choices are shaped by their resources, their experiences and the communities they live in plus the actions taken by local, national and international organisations. A Sustainable Food City aims to create an environment in which access to nutritious food is available for the widest possible population, in which people have the skills and knowledge to shop, cook and eat well on a budget and in which healthy food choices are easy to make.