I volunteer with UK charity, The Public Health Collaboration. We support GP practices to run dietary programmes for patients with pre-diabetes, diabetes or obesity.
What? The Public Health Collaboration is a U.K. charity dedicated to informing and implementing healthy decisions for better public health.
Why? In the UK 25% of adults are obese, the highest prevalence in Europe, and type 2 diabetes has risen by 65% in the past 10 years with no sign of slowing down; both cost the NHS £16 billion a year.
How? The Public Health Collaboration publishes evidence-based reports on the most pressing public health issues alongside coordinated campaigns and implementing initiatives for improving public health.
Where? The Public Health Collaboration has Ambassadors in many towns and cities around the U.K. Ambassadors work with local health professionals to inform and support real-food strategies that can improve patient health and save the NHS money.
Healthy Eating booklets and flyers, some written for the general public, some written for health professionals (and members of the public interested in research), can be downloaded in PDF format from the Public Health Collaboration website: PHC Healthy Eating Guidelines & Weight Loss Advice for the United Kingdom The guidelines focus on unprocessed, nutrient-dense ‘real’ foods that tend to be lower in carbohydrate and therefore potentially useful in the avoidance and management of metabolic syndrome disorders. Anyone with these or any medical conditions, and particularly those taking medication, are advised to consult their doctor before implementing any new dietary regime, including the one outlined by the Public Health Collaboration. However, these guideline booklets can be used as a starting point for patients to discuss diet with their healthcare team. Another source of information and support on the lower-carbohydrate option for the management of type 2 diabetes is the website: http://www.diabetes.co.uk/
The Public Health Collaboration will be pleased to put health professionals in touch with other health professionals who are already seeing results — in terms of cost reduction and patient satisfaction — from using real-food strategies to manage type 2 diabetes and weight loss. Please don’t hesitate to send us your queries: Contact the Public Health Collaboration
John Clarke: “I retired from NHS general dental practice after 42 years. I’ve observed patients – young and more senior, their changing medical histories, medication and the cumulative effects of lifestyle choices on their health and well-being. It’s obvious that the diet guidelines we have been advised to follow for the last 40 years have failed us all, with diabetes and obesity incidence increasing and many other health issues affecting life expectancy and quality of life for our families and friends. There are choices and changes we can all make to avoid and reverse many of these conditions. As a keen member of a passionate Yorkshire Public Health Collaboration team, I believe we can bring about a positive change and help many more people reap the benefits of a proven different approach.”
Fiona Benson: “With a background in agriculture – originally dairy – my foray into Ostrich production (eight years in South Africa) led me to understand the significant impact of nutrition on health. That journey also opened my eyes to the politics of conflicting business interests when it comes to the funding of scientific research. My mentor taught me never ‘to ‘assume’ but always check/test statements. Richard, my husband, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, but with our increasing knowledge about the low-carbohydrate, high-fat dietary approach, we successfully brought about remission in his disease. In 2014 I became a Healthwatch York Volunteer. As part of the City of York Council (CYC) YorWellbeing initiative, I am now a Volunteer Health Champion. With our local Clinical Commissioning Group, like others, under serious financial pressures, I believe that York’s Public Health Collaboration team can play a valuable role in helping to develop a health strategy that will help not only York but the whole of our region to reduce healthcare costs.”
Caroline Hind: “Having had success at healing my own migraine, weight and inflammatory bowel issues through ancestral health principles, I am keen to take part in national and local initiatives to improve health through nutrition and lifestyle. I believe that the benefits of switching away from processed, carbohydrate-heavy meals to nutrient-rich, traditional foods are of relevance to everyone and may be of particular interest for those battling health issues. I am a Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and a Certified Primal Health Coach practising in York.”