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Merton Food Charter

The Merton Food Charter sets out a vision for a healthy and sustainable food culture in Merton based on priorities identified by local partners at the Merton Food Summit in April 2015. Development of the charter has been coordinated by Public Health and Sustainable Merton and represents an innovative approach to taking action locally on food.

Any individual or organisation is able to sign up to the charter and make a pledge to support one or more of the charter's aims.

To sign up to the charter or for more information, please email healthyfood@merton.gov.uk

Ideas for how you can get involved to support the charter

Below are some ideas on how you can take action as an individual or organisation to support the charter.

As an individual, you can:

  • Try to buy fresh, seasonal and local food
  • Cook fresh meals from raw ingredients
  • Grown your own food
  • Compost your food waste and recycle food packaging
  • Buy foods that have high animal welfare marks, such as responsibly sourced fish and seafood
  • Use the charter to start a conversation with your local shops and supermarkets to find out what they are doing to support a healthy food environment

As an organisation, you can:

  • Procure healthy and sustainable food
  • Provide healthy food options for staff, students and visitors
  • Reduce access to unhealthy, processed foods in vending machines
  • Support employees to make healthy food choices
  • Encourage partners to support the aims of the food charter

Useful links to help you

The following links provide some additional information on how you can support the five food charter priorities.

  1. A joined up approach to health and sustainable food
  2. Improving health and wellbeing
  3. Increasing knowledge across the food cycle
  4. Encouraging the development and sharing of skills
  5. Promoting community values and social sustainability

Public Health pledges

Public Health are taking the following actions towards the aims of the Merton Food Charter;

  • A comprehensive Weight Management and Healthy Lifestyles Service is being commissioned to support Merton residents to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, eat healthily and get active
  • Public Health are providing input into the development of school meals contracts, making sure that health aims are embedded in the contracts
  • Employees of organisations and businesses across the borough are being supported to eat healthily through schemes that address healthy food as part of wider health initiatives
    • The Council has achieved London Healthy Workplace Charter 'Commitment' status and action is being taken to increase awareness of healthy eating and to ensure that healthy options are available for staff
    • A Healthy Workplace Outreach service for small to medium businesses, delivered by Merton Chamber of Commerce on behalf of Public Health
  • Healthy eating and cooking sessions have been commissioned in some schools in East Merton as part of the targeted local Healthy Schools programme

This page was last updated on Friday 12 February 2016

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