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A Fresh Look At Food In Sheffield
Food plays a massive part in Sheffield life, with an estimated £1 billion spent every year on food, and 402 restaurants and cafes in the city. Food also has an enormous impact on health, approximately 580 lives a year could be saved in Sheffield if we reduced the impact of bad diet on obesity, blood pressure and cholesterol.

The Council is taking a fresh approach to making sure we are maximising the health, economic and environmental benefits of good food in the city. The Sheffield Food Plan is currently under development, with the Food Festival providing many opportunities for residents to tell the Council what is important to them.

Councillor Paul Scriven, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “Whether you're into traditional fare like pie and peas or you like to try new flavours from around the globe, we want to hear what you've got to say about food! Do you go to the supermarket, shop at a local grocers or one of the city's many markets or do you grow your own? Come along to the Food Festival and get stuck in: there will be loads of great opportunities for people of all ages to share their views about the food they eat.”

Chris Shaw, Director of Health Improvement at Sheffield City Council, says: “Whether it’s supporting food businesses, ensuring we eat local food as much as possible, or increasing the information available about healthy cooking – we want to know what is important to both adults and children in Sheffield about the food they eat and where it comes from.”
The Sheffield Food Plan is being funded by Sheffield - Let’s Change4Life, which is a £10 million, city wide programme focussed on tackling unhealthy weight in children and families.

Carol Weir, Sheffield - Let’s Change 4 Life Programme Director, says: "Food has a massive impact on many parts of our lives, especially our health. The Food Plan will give people in Sheffield the opportunity to eat a healthy and varied diet, learn how to cook healthy food on a budget, where to get food from locally, and most importantly to enjoy our food."

There will be a stand in the Winter Garden from Thursday 3 June to Saturday 5 June, from 12 to 3pm, where people can find out about the Food Plan and more importantly, give their views. There is a particular emphasis on consulting with children, with innovative activities such as a ‘Master Sheff’ cooking show and ‘Feely Boxes’ of mystery foods!

Freepost postcards will be given out in the city centre throughout the festival asking people what they the priorities of the Plan should be. Sheffield residents are also invited to a discussion event at Heeley City Farm on Friday 4 June at 10am to give their views.

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