Local solutions to the obesity and diabetes epidemic: 7 years in East London

Food Academy has been working in East London to find practical solutions to the challenging obesity and diabetes epidemic that affects our country.

Over the last seven years we have developed a winning formula that combines collaborating with top academic researchers, building partnerships with forward-thinking businesses and charities and learning what works at local level.

Food Academy’s work with thousands of people has shown that changing health habits is possible. We do this by delivering practical, "hands-on" and fun lifestyle interventions that combine cooking, exercise and coaching, developed with top experts on behaviour change.

1500 people have graduated from our courses and more than 17,000 people have participated in our public workshops/events. Our programmes have put a strong emphasis on quality data to evaluate the impact, sustainability and scalability of our programmes. We focus on learning what works in order to change health habits.   We developed strong research collaboration links with organisations like Kings College London, Queen Mary University and the MRC Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge. 

We recently completed a successful partnership with the British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK and Tesco that allowed us to deliver 400 holiday lunch clubs in East London. This was the largest public health intervention in Newham and provided cooking, exercise and coaching workshops for more than 600 mothers and 1200 children. We are now piloting a programme for pre-diabetes patients referred to us by their GPs. 

After 7 years of learning what works at local level, changing health habits to fight the obesity and diabetes epidemic, we are looking for partners with vision and expertise to scale up our programmes and build in additional digital engagement. Get in touch!  hello@food-academy.co.uk

'This two year programme, delivered on behalf of Diabetes UK, plays an essential part in tackling growing public health challenges around behaviour change.' 

Bridget Turner, Director of Policy and Improvement Care, Diabetes UK