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ROYAL FREE LONDON HOSPITAL OFFERS HEALTHY, PLANT-BASED COOKING CLASSES FOR STAFF

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, May 11, 2017: Healthy Eating campaigner Farrah Rainfly is leading a three-week hands-on Food for Life cookery course in May for staff of the Royal Free London […]

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Our food for life curriculum is designed by doctors, nurses and registered dieticians. You can choose from:

Cancer Project

The class series covers a variety of cancer-related nutrition topics and demonstrates how to prepare several meals loaded with antioxidants and phytochemicals, high-fiber and low-fat foods, and healthy dairy alternatives. The series also provides information on planning meals and maintaining a healthy weight. Certain diet patterns seem to have a major effect in helping people diagnosed with cancer to live longer, healthier lives. Cancer Research UK shows that as much as 42 percent of cancer risk may be related to diet. In this class, you will learn about the right food choices that can help reduce the risk of developing cancer as well as overcome the disease after it has been diagnosed.

Diabetes Initiative

Uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to complications from head to toe, including stroke, loss of vision, heart disease, kidney failure, and various problems due to nerve damage and circulatory problems, such as erectile dysfunction or lower-extremity amputation. Research studies have demonstrated that a plant-based nutrition approach reduces the risk of diabetes and can greatly benefit those who have been diagnosed with the disease.The goal of the Diabetes Initiative program is to empower people who have diabetes and those concerned about developing diabetes, along with their friends and family members with new information and skills.

Kickstart your Health

Depending on one's perspective, the Kickstart is about losing weight, maintaining a healthy weight, or simply embracing an overall healthful diet. For some people, it's the first time the idea of not restricting amounts of foods but rather choosing the right foods has been the guiding principle for losing weight and staying healthy. Lower cholesterol, better diabetes control, lower blood pressure, as well as improvements in energy and mood are some of the many benefits people experience on this diet. Discover which foods are optimal for weight management, learn about various health topics including blood pressure and digestion, and get empowered with the practical cooking skills needed to help you on your journey to better health.

Healthy Basics

Research shows that income level and socio-economic status are linked to health disparities including increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, and that overweight and obesity takes a disproportionate toll on underserved populations. Healthy Basics is designed to help class participants understand the value of choosing economical plant-based foods—fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans—that can provide savings from lowered grocery and associated medical costs. In Healthy Basics classes, attendees will discover the relationship between diet and disease, get tips on planning a weekly or monthly menu, and enjoy cooking demonstrations and tasting delicious, healthful dishes in a supportive group setting.

Kids Health

The health problems faced by our youth today are unlike any in the past. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children are overweight or obese. Poor diet and lack of exercise put today’s children at greater risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer later in life. A foundation for healthy eating at a young age is needed to lessen the risk for chronic diseases. Our curriculum aims to empower children with the knowledge and skills they need to establish healthy habits to carry them well into adulthood.

Employee Wellbeing cooking classes

Adults in the London spend more than half of their waking hours at work giving employers a unique opportunity to impact the health and wellbeing of their employees. In a public health climate of a growing health crisis and mounting health care costs, more attention needs to be given to eating healthfully and staying active, especially around a busy work schedule. By offering our Food for Life: Employee Wellbeing Programme, employers can lead the way to facilitating an office culture of health and wellness that employees can carry into their lives at home and increase their productivity at work.

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Finding practical, affordable and real solutions for our clients wishing to provide nutrition and cooking classes to their stakeholders. From interactive cooking demonstrations to hands-on cooking classes and creative events: Smoothie bicycle, make your own low-fat pancakes. We bring our equipment to you after carrying out appropriate risk assessments. Our evidence-based curriculum from the Physicians Committee covers healthy weight management, diabetes, cancer, nutrition essentials, healthy basics, kids health and an employee wellness programme. If funding is an issue, we can help to implement a strategy.
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Sophia Verma

Sophia Verma

SEO Wizard and Volunteer

Every adult I speak to is on some kind of medication. High cholesterol, insulin for Type 2 diabetes management, high blood pressure, the list goes on. Its seriously scary. And the craziest part? It is mostly preventable. The Food for Life (FFL) cooking classes physically show people that it doesn’t have to be this way! Just following a whole food, low fat, plant based diet can drastically reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer and allow you to lose weight. It has also tons of other benefits such as increased energy and clearer skin. Of course starting a new lifestyle can be super daunting. You’re probably thinking, ‘Where do I even start?!’ Our amazing FFL instructor, Farrah, will guide participants by showing you the science, providing easy recipes, hands on cooking, and most importantly an inclusive, supportive community of people with the same goal: getting healthy again.

Ceres Bizarro

Ceres Bizarro

Logistics and Operations

I met Farrah during the 2016 summer Free Healthy cooking classes and loved the project from the begining so I started as volunteer and never looked back. I like to see we are making difference in the community helping people to adopt a nutritious diet and have a healthy lifestyle.

Farrah Rainfly

Farrah Rainfly

Food for Life Instructor

We show people how to take complex scientific nutrition information and translate it into simple, delicious and affordable meals. We all know that we need to eat more veggies and fruits, but most of us don’t know how to prepare them in an interesting and healthful way, and this is what we are teaching people effortlessly to cut calorie content from fats; all easy to make, saving time and money.

A message from Dr. Neal Barnard

The Food for Life programme is a way to get practical tools into people’s hands. Information that they can use and an understanding of how you put it to work. That’s a wonderful, wonderful gift for so many people. And I am really delighted that there are folks in the UK who are going to be doing this and bringing it forward. I think it is fantastic. And for doctors, advocates, teachers who want to see this movement go forward the Food for Life people are your best right arm.
Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, president and founder of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and founder of Barnard Medical Center, a nonprofit primary care medical center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Barnard is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the 2016 recipient of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s Trailblazer Award. He has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health, and regularly hosts continuing medical education conferences for health care providers.
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