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Eat Right West Lothian

'Eatright' West Lothian aims to promote good nutrition and healthy eating across West Lothian

This is done by:

  • Raising awareness of the benefits of eating a healthy diet
  • Tackling the barriers associated with eating a healthy diet, (e.g. access to and cost of healthy foods and the skills to prepare them)
  • Developing training programmes and resources to suit the needs of professionals and those working with local communities
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of policies that underpin food and health promotion

Health Improvement Health Inequalities Group 

The Health Improvement Health Inequalities Alliance oversees the implementation of the pdf icon West Lothian Food and Health Action Plan [428kb].

Examples of current activities include:

  • Breastfeeding Friendly Awards, Breastfeeding Friendly Nurseries, and breastfeeding programmes in schools and the community
  • 'Weaning' community groups, 'train the trainer' courses, and resources to support the appropriate introduction of complementary foods (solids) at around 6 months
  • Nutritional Guidance for Babies, Children and Women of Childbearing Age' training for staff working with families with young children. (nutritional guidance from pre-conception up to age five. Snack and menu planning for childcare providers)
  • Partnership working and training for Education staff to embed a whole school approach to food and health, including infant feeding in the curriculum
  • Support for the a breakfast club programme and network across West Lothian, in partnership with Education Services
  • 'Getting the Balance Right' training (food, physical activity and wellbeing messages for staff and volunteers)
  • 'Get cooking' groups: cooking and budgeting skills courses aimed at vulnerable group and specific localities
  • Support and training for establishments to gain the National Healthy Living Award.
  • Tailored training for staff and volunteers working with older people
  • An Integrated Community Health Improvement Grant scheme (grants of up to £2000 available)

Services Offered:

  • Flexible, tailored training for staff, volunteers and some members of public
  • Facilitation of cooking groups
  • Publicity through our networks about your food and health activity
  • Signposting to useful food and health resources
  • Support to develop food and health guidelines/ resources/ policies
  • Support to develop or evaluate food initiatives/ interventions