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Green Hearts Nutrition and Catering Commitment
The majority of Irish in Britain’s member organisations deliver services such as lunch clubs and tea dances that are regularly attended by their local Irish population, particularly the older generation and the most vulnerable members of the Irish community.
In recognition of the pivotal role our member organisations can play in shaping the health of the Irish population in Britain, Green Hearts has developed a culturally sensitive nutrition and catering guide for organisations that serve food.
The guide has been developed in consultation with a registered nutritionist and in line with Public Health England’s Healthy Catering Commitment.
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is one of the main causes of death and disability in the UK and is responsible for an average of 200 deaths every day. Heart health is a particular concern for the Irish community, with clear evidence of above average, and in some cases increasing, mortality among Irish men and women from coronary heart disease, hypertension and stroke.
A healthy diet can help reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease and prevent weigh gain, reducing your risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. It can also help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of some cancers.
Even if you already have a heart condition, a healthy diet can benefit your heart. With hundreds of meals being served each week by our member organisations, the aim of the GHNCC is to ensure a standard of heart–healthy catering across our membership.
Implementing the GHNCC involves consultation, planning and ongoing support with Irish in Britain’s Health Development Officer. Working within organisational capacity, we will develop tailored strategies for of the delivery and implementation of the GHNCC.