Our health is determined by many factors. These can relate to the way that we live, our social circumstances as well as wider environmental influences.

There are a variety of local programmes and initiatives across Cardiff and Vale that provide support to enable communities to eat well and move more.

Our plan includes:

  1. Support communities with highest need to take more physical activity and to eat well
  2. Launch Food for Life Get Togethers
  3. Roll out Food-related benefits training
  4. Increase physical activity in older people in communities with highest need

What can you do to support your community to more more and eat well?

Food has a huge impact on our lives on our own health and wellbeing, and on our communities and businesses and the environment. Both Food partnerships promote good, healthy and affordable food, that is sustainably sourced.

Working hard with partners to deliver support and advice for individuals, businesses and larger organisations to ensure that there is a good meal for everyone everyday.

At no time has this approach been more important than during Covid-19 and we are working hard to ensure that food continues to support and bring communities together.

Visit their websites for more advice, information, support and hints and tips for eating well. Visit Food Cardiff or Food Vale

The Healthy, Aspiring, Prosperous and Inclusive (Hapi) project is working across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to deliver FREE food and physical activity focused workshops and activities

For more information contact Newydd Housing.
Email: hapi@newydd.co.uk
Phone: 03030401998

Foodsense Wales brings people together through food, and focuses on finding workable solutions through on the ground experience and citizen voice. We use this voice to effectively advocate for the changes needed to local and national policy. Visit Foodsense Wales to find out what we are currently working on and how you can get involved

Cardiff Cooking Together is a Facebook group that celebrates food and cultures from across communities in Cardiff. Inspire others, learn new recipes and pick up food tips by joining the page: search Cardiff Cooking Together on Facebook. Join today to get inspired!

Visit our websites for more advice, information, support and hints and tips for eating well . Visit Food Cardiff or Food Vale

Two useful resources with advice and tips for eating and drinking well:

  • Eat well, spend less during covid
  • Food and mental well-being during covid

Visit the Keep Me Well website for lots of information and resources to keep well during COVID, including cooking recipes

Search Dewis Cymru website database for classes and activities by postcode or activity.

Use the directory of physical activity and sports clubs in the Vale of Glamorgan to find the right activity.

Follow Vale Sports and Play Facebook page for upcoming activities and events

Facebook: @valesportsplay

Visit Outdoor Cardiff for information on local opportunities to get active in Cardiff.

What can you do to support Food for Life Get Togethers?

The Food for Life Get Together programme uses good food to bring people of all ages together through growing, cooking and eating.

Rooted in partnerships with groups of schools, nurseries and community organisations. The programme is for people of all ages and backgrounds, working with local partners to deliver events including Big Lunches, national Roast Dinner Day and Grandparents Gardening Week.

Register and receive a free event pack with everything you need to get started – posters, recipe ideas, games for all ages and much more!

From funding for your cooking or growing activity, to tools and materials to bring together your community, we can help you get your Get Together off the ground.

Read their regularly-updated Covid-19 guidance here.

Email: louise.shute@wales.nhs.uk

What can you do to promote Food-related benefits training?

Over 160,000 children are not able to afford the Eatwell Guide and 26% of those eligible for Healthy Start vouchers are not accessing the scheme. Some families are missing out on as much as £1,600 a year in food-related benefits. It is important to ensure families receive the information and support needed to access food-related benefits.

Training is available to highlight the benefits of accessing healthier food and the schemes that families may be eligible for.

If you are pregnant or have children under the age of four. You could qualify for Healthy Start vouchers to help buy some basic foods if you’re on benefits, or if you’re pregnant and under 18. These free weekly vouchers can be spent on milk, fresh, frozen, tinned fruit and vegetables, fresh, dried and tinned pulses as well as infant formula milk. Free vitamins are also available. Visit the Healthy Start website for more information.

What can you do to help older people move more?

The UK Government recommends being active for at least 150 minutes moderate intensity activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity (or a combination of both). We should build strength 2 days per week, minimise sedentary time, and older adults should improve balance on 2 days a week. Visit the website for the useful infographic.

Being active as an adult and older adult can help keep you healthy, improve sleep, maintain a healthy weight, make you feel good, and keep you steady on your feet, and much more.

Visit the Keeping me well website for more information for older adults wanting to stay active and reduce the risk of falls.

Visit NHS Live Well for Physical Activity guidelines for older adults

There are lots of groups, classes, support, information and services available to help older people keep active. Try to provide information in a range of formats.

Stay Well Whilst Staying Home- A Wellbeing Guide for Older Adults

Search Dewis Cymru website database for classes and activities in their area

Directory of Services for Older People in the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff

Due to COVID-19, many people are spending more time at home than they may normally do. This can particularly affect older people who could start to become at risk of having a fall. Many of the activities which may help people to reduce their risk through exercise are not currently available in the community, but there are still many things that people can do in their own home to reduce risks.

Visit the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Falls Prevention page for more information

Visit the Keeping me well website for more information for older adults wanting to stay active and reduce the risk of falls.

If you have identified a need and want to develop a project or programme for older people in a community in the Vale of Glamorgan, or if you want to find out what training opportunities or physical activities are currently available from the Vale Healthy Living Team, please get in touch.

Email: healthylivingteam@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

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